Turmeric is one of the best spices you will ever use. It has specific color and distinctive flavor. Turmeric is a common ingredient in traditional Indian and Southeast Asian dishes.
Don’t know how to use turmeric?
Researchers have classified turmeric as superfood thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Curcumin gives turmeric its incredible power.
The active ingredient makes up 3 percent of turmeric by weight, and it shows great anticancer potential. Curcumin prevents the conversion of toxins into carcinogens, and optimizes your body’s ability to digest fat and sugar.
The power of turmeric has been confirmed by 10,000 peer-reviewed studies. Making turmeric paste is the easiest way to use this powerful spice.
Turmeric paste helps you use turmeric easily. You can add it to soups, drinks, facial treatments and wellness products. You can make it in a few minutes!
How to make it
You need a few simple ingredients and zero cooking skills. In other words, it’s easy to make!
- ½ cup turmeric powder
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup cold-pressed oil (coconut, olive or linseed)
- 1 tsp each ground cinnamon and ginger root
- 2-3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Black pepper is important
You need black pepper to slow down the absorption of curcumin to prevent excessive elimination through the urine. Some people don’t like the taste of the combination, but you really need to use it.
First, bring your turmeric and water to a boil. Turn the heat on low, and simmer for 10 minutes or until it becomes a paste. Add more water if you aren’t happy with the consistency.
Let the paste cool down, and add in your black pepper, oil, cinnamon and ginger. Keep it in your fridge for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it and use it within a year.
14 uses of turmeric paste
1. Golden milk
This one is easy. Golden milk contains healthy fats and calcium, and offers strong anti-inflammatory effect. Add a teaspoon of turmeric paste to some milk of your choice. You can us nut milks like almond and pecan.
2. Turmeric broth
Add a couple of teaspoons to two cups of any broth of your choice. Drink this as it is or make egg drop soup.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is used for treating arthritis, gingivitis, inflamed eye, and even Crohn’s disease.
4. Skin treatment
Thanks to its antibiotic effect, turmeric paste can be used in the treatment of acne and eczema. Apply it on the affected area, and rinse after 30 minutes. Add half a teaspoon of the paste to your face masks for an antioxidant kick.
Here’s a nice suggestion. Mix two tablespoons of plain yoghurt, a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of turmeric paste.
Apply the mask on your face, but avoid the area around your eyes. Rinse after five minutes. Don’t forget to cover your chest with something to protect your clothes and skin from staining.
5. Whiten teeth
Mix a couple tablespoons of turmeric paste, a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Brush your teeth with this paste.
6. Plain use
Use turmeric paste to treat an existing health condition. Start with a quarter teaspoon several times a day, and increase the amount gradually until you get to a teaspoon.
7. Salad ingredient
Add some of the paste to your dressing to improve its taste and benefits. If you don’t like the taste of the paste, combine it with the rest of the ingredients of your dressing.
8. Golden smoothie
Add turmeric to your smoothie. You need about half a teaspoon of it. If you don’t have any idea, combine a cup of nut milk, half a cup of frozen pineapple or mango, the juice from one orange, half a teaspoon of turmeric paste and a pinch of black pepper.
9. Potent poultice
Use turmeric paste to heal sprains and fractures. Blend equal parts of castor oil and turmeric paste. Apply it on the affected area, and wrap everything with a waterproof bandage.
10. Dried fruit
Add some turmeric paste to your dried fruits to boost their power. Warm up the paste before using it.
Combine turmeric paste and Aloe Vera gel to soothe sunburns, poison ivy outbreak and any other skin issue that gives you a terrible itch.
12. Flavor agent
Add turmeric paste to your eggs, roasted veggies, and meat. This gives your food great flavor and added healing power.
13. Spice up soap
Add turmeric to your homemade soap recipe. It will soothe and heal your skin.
14. Golden honey
Add four tablespoons of the paste to a 14-ounce jar of honey. Use this to treat sore throat and other cold symptoms.
The right dosing
According to the University of Maryland, you need about three grams of turmeric per day. That’s one teaspoon and a half, so try not to take anything more than this.
Research has shown that some individuals may take up to 8,000mg without any side effects.