The 411 on Turmeric

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Turmeric, natures answer to inflammation. A supplement, serving, spoonful or 2 a day of this potent and powerful herb deeply assists the body in fighting inflammation, which is always at the root cause of EVERY dis-ease. Turmeric is immune and digestive supporting, wound healing, soothes irritated tissue, is antimicrobial, has both cancer preventing and cancer treating properties and contains numerous active constituents full of healing properties. The active compound found in turmeric is curcumin and has been studied to prove it’s immune boosting benefits as well as strong anti-oxidant properties to protect our cells DNA from damage. There is no pharmaceutical drug that can compare to the power of turmeric in reducing free radical damage and inflammation throughout the body without also inducing the typical destructive and counter-productive side effects pharmaceuticals offer. Turmeric, as all plants and herbs, heals and supports the body through an innate intelligence that entirely lacks throughout pharmaceuticals. Until inflammation, which is either increased or decreased through aspects of diet, lifestyle practices, stress and mental health, is recognized as the root cause of dis-ease, the quick-fix, self-destructing, profit driven pharmaceutical game will continued to be played throughout society.

In Ayurveda, Turmeric is considered a bitter and carminative, improving digestion and reducing bloating. Turmeric helps in releasing bile from the gallbladder, which helps to digest food, especially fats and fat soluble vitamins. Turmeric improves stomach health by promoting intestinal flora and increasing protective gastric wall mucous, which act a protective layer from toxins we ingest, keeping them moving through the body’s detoxification process and excreted as waste. Gut health and micro-biome is queen for vibrant health and living.

Turmeric assists in keeping complexions clear through it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are essential for protecting the integrity of the skin by preventing free radicals from destroying its texture, tissue and elasticity, in turn providing the nourishment needed to support all aspects of skin and complexion radiance. Turmeric is also effective in treating inflammatory skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne, by soothing and nourishing skin through both internal and external practices.

There are not many plants and natural remedies that have been throuroughly studied for their health benefits but turmeric and its active constituents have and I highly recommend checking out to view the various articles they have on these studies proving the efficacy of turmeric. I absolutely love their headline for one article in particular that I’ve linked below along with another page that includes an informative video on not only turmeric but also why and how the pharmaceutical industry distorts and suppresses the powerful properties of turmeric. This process is basically what the pharma industry does for all holistic practices and medicinals because you know, they’ve got a business to run and their profit depends on a sick, disempowered society.

“If ever there were an herb that puts existential fear into the bottom line of pharmaceutical companies, its turmeric. Here are a few thousand reasons why…””


Turmeric can be ingested in powder form through cooking, smoothies, juice or even straight up by the tablespoon with water, which is my personal preference. These may not be ideal choices if the taste is a bother for you so opt for a high quality, organic turmeric in liquid or capsule form from a reputable brand.

Megafood is always my number once choice in supplement brands and has been for over 10 years. This company has top notch practices in the formulation and manufacturing of their supplemements while working directly with organic farmers in the USA in sourcing their ingredients. Megafood is also a huge advocate in the fight against glyphosate while keeping their products glyphosate residue free, which is massive! Glyphosate is a chemical antibiotic that has been linked to cancers and is highly toxic. You can read more about Glyphosate and Megafoods fierce stance against it here.

Banyan Botanicals is my go to for powered turmeric and they are a wonderful Ayurvedic resource as well!

As always, thank you so much for being here with me and I’ve shared a face mask and golden milk recipe below to check out before you go!

Facial Masque | Combine honey, turmeric, lemon juice and plain organic yogurt to create a paste, spread onto cleansed skin and leave on up to 30 minutes. For sensitive skin and dry skin needs, spring water or rosewater can be substituted in place of lemon juice. Rinse masque off well in shower, followed by a cotton pad dampened with your toner for added removal of any residual masque, completing with your serum application. Use an old towel and pillow case with this facial mask, as turmeric likes to make surprise appearances and can stain porous materials.

Golden Milk | Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes. 

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Oil cleansing is a beneficial choice for both AM and PM cleansing rituals. I’ve added a focus on lymphatic movement and awakening the skin tissue in general. 2 things: The body detoxes through the skin while we sleep but since we are obviously stationary while we sleep, it is vital to make movement of the tissue and complexion in the morning a priority to help along the body in the detoxification process and disperse stagnation/puffiness/etc.


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