Turmeric is a bright yellow spice which has been labelled a super food by herbalists worldwide. The “golden spice of life” has been used in India for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
If you’re wondering whether you should try adding turmeric to your diet, check out turmeric’s top 6 uses:
1. Adds flavour and colour to food
It’s the main ingredient in most curry powders and it’s also used to give chutneys and pickles (such as piccalilli) their yellow colour.
2. Helps with digestion
Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant that stimulates the gallbladder to produce more bile which helps the body digest fat more easily.
3. Acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory
Can be just as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs for people who suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s disease and arthritis. It can also soothe sprains, settle upset stomachs, stop diarrhea and reduce bloating.
4. Makes teeth sparkle
When making homemade toothpaste, turmeric can be added as it’s a natural tooth whitener and it’s also good for reducing toothache and sensitivity. Some people choose to add it to their moisturisers as it can leave skin looking vibrant, help clear up acne and reduce the prominence of dark circles and stretchmarks.
5. Repels insects
Rather than putting down chemical ant powder, turmeric can be used instead. Ants and other insects don’t like it and will retreat.
6. Gets rid of dandruff
Massaging a paste made from turmeric and coconut oil or milk, onto the scalp and leaving for an hour or two before washing off, can rejuvenate dry skin and reduce the number of flakes considerably.
8 ways to include turmeric in your day
Here are 8 easy ways you can use turmeric in daily life to give your food and your digestive health a boost.
1. Blend into a smoothie
Try blending a handful of ice, frozen spinach chunks, frozen berries, almond milk, a banana, with half a teaspoon of turmeric. The spice could help your body fight inflammation, perfect if you drink your smoothie before or after a workout.
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2. Simmer milky tea with a pinch of turmeric and a little honey
Unlike a regular latte, you don’t need any coffee to create this natural energy booster. Gently warm a cup of almond or coconut milk in a pan. Whisk in half a teaspoon of turmeric, plus some powdered ginger and cinnamon, with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
3. Whisk into scrambled eggs or tofu
Stir the powder into scrambled eggs or tofu, dust over the top of poached eggs, or add to omelettes. The mild earthy taste is an ideal partner.
4. A golden coating for veggies
How about tossing your roasted root vegetables with a little turmeric powder just before serving? Or dust your homemade potato wedges or sweet potato chips with the golden powder.
5. Stir into your leafy greens
Bump up your leafy green veg’s nutritional profile even more by stirring a teaspoon of turmeric powder into the dish of steaming hot greens just before serving.
6. Blend into vegetable soup
A dash of turmeric powder is the perfect addition to homemade soups, especially if you’re feeling under the weather and need a soothing ingredient to help your body heal. It gives a lovely mild and creamy taste with just a subtle hint of spice.
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7. Lightly sprinkle onto white rice
Turn your white rice golden by adding turmeric powder. Sprinkle it over your cooked rice before serving or you can add turmeric to the cooking water as your rice is simmering.
8. Sprinkle on avocado
This delicious snack is full of fibre, which means it can keep you feeling fuller for longer. Eat it on its own or mash it with salt and black pepper and enjoy on it crackers.
Last updated: 26 March 2021