Healthy Eating……Turmeric Drinks

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I think most of us have heard of Turmeric by now. It is most commonly used in Asian food and comes from the root of the Turmeric plant. Used in curries it has a warm, bitter taste and has many culinary uses apart from just flavouring or colouring curry powders. I use it when I make mustard which is where mustard gets its yellow colour from also butter and cheeses. I also use the Turmeric leaf when I make the Indonesian dish of Beef Rendang. The root is widely used around the world to make medicines.

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This is my little home grown Turmeric plant grown very easily from a piece of Tumeric I bought from the market. I just broke a piece of the rhizome and planted it.

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When buying spices it is always best to buy organic or buy your spices locally if you know who the farmer is and you can verify his farming methods to yourself.

Turmeric is taken by many people now as a medicine or as a preventive health wise. Turmeric is difficult for the human body to absorb so needs to be taken with black pepper as it has been proven to help the absorption. It is the piperine in black pepper which aids this.

The value of taking turmeric seems to be a valid one and yet many people are still not really aware of what a powerful substance it is.

To find out more about Turmeric and its benefits then this post from Sally on Smorgasbord Health 2017  will tell you everything you need to know.

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Golden Milk:

Golden Milk is drunk by many people now and is one way of absorbing the Turmeric.

Golden Milk is a combination of turmeric, coconut milk and or oil please click below for the recipe.

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Photo by Osha Key on Unsplash

http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/golden-milk-recipe-with-turmeric-and-virgin-coconut-oil/  

Turmeric Bombs:

These can be made in bulk, stored in your freezer so handy when you are busy ..You can just pop one in your hot cuppa.

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup of turmeric

3 tbsp of coconut oil

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp quercetin

What is Quercetin? A plant-based pigment which helps to improve the absorption of turmeric in the body. A type of flavonoid anti oxidant that is found in plant foods.

To make the Turmeric bombs.

Mix all ingredients together and put in a clean squeezy bottle. Squirt blobs on to greaseproof paper and put in the freezer. Once frozen transfer to a sealed lidded box and use as required.

Just drop one in your early morning cuppa and that’s your dose of Turmeric how easy is that?

Finally, we have TURMERIC TEA.

Most digestive problems can be treated with the following tea.

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste ( made with one-inch piece of peeled ginger and 8 cloves of garlic. This paste can be refrigerated for one month.

1 heaped tsp of turmeric powder

5/ 6 black pepper corns crushed

A handful of fresh or dried curry leaves (stem can also be used)

1 heaped tsp holy-basil (kaphrao )

1/2 tsp green-tea leaves(optional)

Bring all the above to a rolling boil with 5 cups of water and simmer for 10 mins.

Strain and store in a glass bottle or covered stainless-steel cup( not plastic )

Drink 1/2 cup every hour.

So there you have it 3 ways of getting your Turmeric.

Myself, I prefer the tea but my friend loves the Turmeric bombs…Which one is your favourite please tell me in the comments or do you have a  different recipe?

If you enjoy reading my Healthy eating posts please reblog or share as there are many people who still don’t know just what is available in their cupboards or gardens which could benefit them medicinally and why should food not be thy medicine?

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot….Because laughter is one of the best medicines known to man …..If you are on any prescribed medications then please ask your doctor.

Warning: As with all herbs, spices or alternative forms of medicines if you are on prescribed medication from your doctor please check that it is safe to take and as always I stress MODERATION.

I learnt this a few years ago when my father took drink more water literally, he drunk gallons and it affected his Sodium levels which meant a hospital visit and stay. Seriously he went way over the top …..

So I cannot stress it anymore…Moderation is key.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  7. Chef Amy at Remke Markets

    Carol, I had recently started to add a lot to my dishes, I love making a peanut sauce for my stir-fry, so for like 4 days in a row, I was eating this, on the second day I got sick, didn’t feel good, but at dinner each night I ate it, still feeling sick to my stomach, finally someone said that maybe it was the turmeric that was making me sick, I stopped adding it to my dish and well didn’t feel sick anymore. I think I was adding way too much, but I know its good for you so that it why, it was the powder which is most likely more concentrated. I haven’t try it again, but maybe I will soon just with a little bit. 🙂 Cheers Carol!!! 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Hi Amy..moderation is always best but are you taking any other prescribed medication if so you should speak to your doctor and also like anything it may not agree with you..everyone is different..But if you know you were doing turmeric overload as you say maybe don’t use as much.. Take care Amy 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thay are indeed Ellie and you can make a box and keep in the freezer to just use as you want to 🙂 I am not overly familiar with quercetin either and need to do some research..I don’t use supplements myself I always look for an alternative 🙂

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  8. angelanoelauthor

    Hi! The recipe looks interesting, but I wanted to get your thoughts on something. In the article you linked to, it said it’s impossible to gain the health benefits by ingesting tumeric through foods, but must be through supplementation. I haven’t read extensively on this, but I am interested in things that reduce inflammation and have protective effects against cancer–because cancer is the worst. I’m just not sure if what looks like some yummy recipes are equivalent to the health benefits mentioned. What do you think?

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      I have read many articles on this and I believe that with herbs,spices it is an individual thing as no one size fits all. I have had first hand experience of people taking what I call normal turmeric and have had fantastic results ..One being a lady with an incurable brain disease absolutely swears by it although she uses turmeric from a health store for her drinks and one from a normal store for her cooking due to that fact she is worried flour may be added? I know Sally mentions a suppliment in her article but I also think it depends whether you take it for your health rather than to treat a condition. Yes cancer is the worst and if anyone was taking it for that I would suggest talking to your doctor and look at research done by a reputable medical centre. Obviously with the drinks you can ingest larger amounts of the turmeric …I hope that helps Angela 🙂

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      1. angelanoelauthor

        Thanks for the reply. I think it’s all worth looking into, really. I appreciate the post and the interaction on it. I think the natural world has so much more to offer us than I’ve ever been aware of before and I want to keep my mind open to the possibilities!

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      2. blondieaka Post author

        I am in total agreeance with you and have had a lot of comments from people who swear by taking it…I am trying to drill it down and ask them is it just turmeric or a supplement…. There are so many spices and herbs with medicinal properties and as I said one size doesn’t fit all because it is dependent on some many individual factors so an open mind is good but Turmeric does appear to have many champions..however, I believe in moderation and in having a natural well- balanced diet with as few processed foods as possible. 🙂

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  9. Rex Trulove

    I use turmeric primarily for coloring foods. For that, I add some to homemade dill pickles, pickled eggs, and even homemade mayonnaise, though I usually leave it out if I share recipes. It has an earthy flavor, but I use such a small amount that the flavor is lost in the other ingredients. They sell turmeric root at our store, though it probably comes from California, Florida, or Mexico.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Yes, I use it in pickles like the ones I posted last week although not used it in pickled eggs yet..It is a very versatile spice in more ways than one isn’t it? I grow mine it roots very easily just put in soil and irt shoots very quickly although that could be the heat here. I use the leaves in cooking when I make Beef Rendang 🙂 I also use it when I make my Indian curry powders. A great little all-rounder of a spice 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      It is indeed an interesting plant and I am pleased that my post gave you some knowledge on this plant:) Thank you for visiting my blog:) I hope that you come again 🙂

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  10. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Something to wake you up this morning with a spicy bomb… courtesy of Carol Taylor who offers some options on how to enable the body to absorb turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin.. Carol links back to my post earlier in the week on the spice and its health benefits and if you read both you will appreciate how very special this spice is for inflammation, brain health, heart health and as recent research is identifying certain cancers. #recommended

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  11. Colin Noel-Johnson

    Great list of uses for turmeric, but you don’t need to use it in mustard, I never have and my mustard turns out light yellow.
    Also I’ve heard a warning that you need to be careful with turmeric, I heard it thins the blood and you need to make sure you don’t take aspirin if you’ve taken any turmeric as it could possibly cause you to pass out or worse.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      I always add turmeric as I didn’t realise it would come out yellow anyway is that just with the yellow or brown mustard seeds or black as well? Thank you, Colin, I will add that at the bottom of the post.. I do normally put a moderation warning but didn’t in this case…I must remember to make it a given Many thanks, Colin 🙂

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      1. Colin Noel-Johnson

        Recently I’ve only been using yellow mustard seed, when I commented I forgot that there was black and brown mustard seed. I used to use brown mustard seed and it was still mostly yellow, though there were brown bits in it from the brown skin.

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      2. Rex Trulove

        The difference between white, brown, and black mustard is mostly in how ‘hot’ it is, Colin. Black mustard seed is hotter than the other kinds. Turmeric doesn’t change the flavor, but it makes the mustard yellower. Store-bought prepared mustard, like French’s brand, uses white mustard seeds, but they still add turmeric to make the prepared mustard brilliant yellow.

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