Introduction: 5 Golden Remedies Using Turmeric (The Golden Goodness)

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I am feeling exited and happy to write about my favorite spice of all Turmeric - 'Golden Goodness'.

In this Instructable, I have shown the '5 powerful home remedies using turmeric' that can cure and to protect us from illness.

Introduction:

Turmeric has been recognized by yogis and ayurvedic healers since ancient times for its manyhealing properties.

Grown mainly in India, the turmeric root is a close cousin to ginger root. It is dried and ground into a fine powder, brilliant gold in color, and used in many Indian recipes.Turmeric is considered highly auspicious in India and has been used extensively in various Indian ceremonies. Even today it is used in every part of India during wedding ceremonies and religious ceremonies.

Benefits:

* Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.

* It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.

* Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.

Step 1: Turmeric Paste - the Base

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Ingredients :

1) Turmeric powder - 1/4 Cup

2) Water - 1/2 Cup filtered water (Add more water if needed)

3) Ground pepper - 1/2 Tsp (optional)

4) Olive oil/ Almond oil/ Clarified butter - 1/2 Tsp (optional)

Preparation :

* Place a pan on medium heat and mix the turmeric powder and water.

* Cook till raw smell of the turmeric goes (add more water if needed)

* When the turmeric is completely cooked, add the pepper and clarified butter and remove from the heat.

* Transfer it to a air tight container and can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Step 2: Golden Remedy 1 - Turmeric Tea

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Ingredients :

1) Turmeric Paste - 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp (as preferred)

2) Water - 1 Cup

3) Ginger - pinch grated.

4) Lemon Juice - 5 ml

5) Honey - as per taste

Preparation :

* Place a pan on medium heat and add grated ginger and water.

* Then add the turmeric paste and allow to boil.

* Finally add lemon juice and honey and mix well.

* Strain it in a glass and serve.

Benefits:

* Lessen seasonal allergies

* Reduce symptoms of cold

* Turmeric is anti-inflammatory so it's a great decongestant

* Powerful pain reliever

* Honey is anti-bacterial and promotes healing. It also relieves coughs and sore throats

Step 3: Golden Remedy 2 - Turmeric Milk

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Ingredients:

1) Turmeric Paste - 1/2 Tsp

2) Milk - 1 Cup

3) Ginger grated - Pinch

4) Cardamom powder - 1/8 Tsp

5) Ground Pepper - 1/8 Tsp

6) Palm Sugar - as per taste

7) Saffron - few strands

8) Water - little

Preparation:

* Place a pan on medium heat, add grated ginger and little water to boil (sometimes fresh ginger may curdle the milk.so I boil it in water to prevent that)

* Then add the milk, turmeric paste, ground cardamom, ground pepper and allow it boil.

* Then add palm sugar (panam karkandu) to it. once the palm sugar is dissolved strain it into a glass and top it of with saffron and serve.

Benefits:

* Milk and Turmeric provides bone health

* Powerful anti-oxidant

* Cure cough and cold

* Can treat diarrhea and indigestion

* Helps in blood purification and liver detox and much more...

Step 4: Golden Remedy 3 - Healthy Turmeric Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1) Turmeric paste - 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp

2) Chopped Mango - 1/4 Cup

3) Chopped Banana - 1/4 Cup

4) Milk - 1 Cup

5) Honey - as per taste

6) Ground Cinnamon - 1/4 Tsp

7) Ginger - small piece

Preparation:

* Put all the above ingredients in a blender and blend it well. (Add more milk/water as per preferred consistency)

* Serve it in a glass sprinkled with ground cinnamon on top.

Benefits:

*Anti-Inflammatory

* Helps Weight Loss – By helping increase the flow of bile, an important factor in digesting dietary fat. Also helps the liver detoxify.

* Anti-Cancerous Properties – Turmeric helps prevent and destroy cancer cells.

* Powerful Antioxidant – Potent free-radical quencher.

* Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Fungal – Perfect when colds or the flu strike.

* Skin Health – Promotes healthy skin and can reduce skin problems.

* Turmeric has been implicated in helping relieve Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and depression.

Step 5: Golden Remedy 4 - Turmeric Face Mask / Scrub

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Ingredients:

1) Ground Turmeric - 1 Tsp

2) Gram / Besan / Chickpea Flour - 2 Tbsp

3) Almond Oil - 1 Tsp

4) Milk - 2-3 Tsp

Preparation:

* Add the ground turmeric, Gram Flour and Almond oil and mix well without lumps.(This can be stored in the glass container for later use)

* Add 2 tsp of the above mixture in a bowl, add the milk and mix well forming a smooth paste.

* This paste can be applied on the face as a mask for 15 minutes and washed with water.

* This paste can be used as a facial scrub and washed with water.

* This is a basic face pack. Other variations can be done based on the skin types.

Benefits:

Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that turmeric possesses are both important in treating these skin conditions.

* In acne, using facial masks can soothe skin blemishes and heal acne scars.

* In patients with eczema, applying a facial mask can reduce inflammation and redness.

* Rosacea patients use turmeric masks, it can reduce the tiny pimples and redness that this skin condition causes.

* Turmeric face masks are used to rejuvenate skin. Regular use of turmeric with various combination of ingredients can soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Step 6: Golden Remedy 5 - Turmeric Oil

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Ingredients:

1) Freshly ground Turmeric paste

2) Organic Coconut Oil

Preparation:

* Place a pan on medium heat and add the coconut oil and freshly ground turmeric paste.

* cook till the raw smell goes away. Strain and store in a glass container. ready to use once it cools down.

Benefits:

* Anti-inflammatory

* Arthritis and joint problems

* Antiseptic

* Good for liver

* Reduces skin problems(scars,cracks in foot etc..)

Comments

hurtinpup (author)2016-09-29

hi, why should i never heat honey?

imthemaker (author)2015-03-22

Cool, just thought I might add that tumeric can cause infertility in men and an iron deficiency so don't take too much

hurtinpup (author)imthemaker2016-09-29

curious, i looked this up... webmd agrees with this iron deficiency comment, but there is more detailed information at

https://www.turmeric.com/turmeric-safety/can-turme...

it says that although the chemistry and also lab and animal studies agree with your comment, that human studies have shown just the opposite, especially in women. it's so odd how individual chemistry, too, can cause us to respond in different ways! ...thanks for the heads up, though; i always want to know as much information as i can when trying something new.

luckylinda (author)2015-12-06

Hi, great recipes for turmeric, thanks. I use an organic powdered Turmeric in a drink I make, most every day. Is it important to cook the Turmeric first? You keep mentioning to get past the raw smell of it.

Thank you very much. I do not think it is very necessary to cook turmeric first before consuming. It is good to take it uncooked. Cooking the turmeric is to remove the raw flavor and taste it adds to the dish(especially for the kids).

porpor1234 (author)2015-03-09

Can I add the paste to my morning smoothie made with kefir? Will turmeric have any negative effects on the probiotics in kefir?

Yes, turmeric is great with kefir - although smoothy should not have any FRESH fruits in it as it is not compatible with any milk products.

I would like to ask you, if I may, about the smoothies I have been making. I use fresh fruits, such as Apples, Pears, Bananas, Kefir, Milk, and Turmeric. I now realize that this not a good thing. Would you please explain as to why that is so. I must be losing the Benefits of Turmeric. Thank You.

moen-the-grass (author)2015-08-12

thank you! sounds like a simple way to health...

ScarabCoder (author)2015-03-24

Congratulations on winning the Home Remedies contest!

Thank you :)

HoldOnTight (author)2015-03-17

Awesome instructable...

kruth1 (author)2015-03-05

One more thing--if you want your turmeric remedy to work better on pain you NEED black pepper in the mix. http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/11/17/black-pepper-boosts-turmerics-benefits/

HoldOnTight (author)kruth12015-03-17

yes, research has shown that adding pepper multiplies the benefits of turmeric.

Ayurveda For Life (author)2015-03-12

Great Insturctables! Many really good points on the turmeric and milk :) Just a friendly remark, you should never heat the honey. And for the smoothy, fresh FRUITS are not compatible with MILK. You can always use dried or preserved fruits.
Thanks for your effort and great photos!

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)2015-03-07

Excellent Instructable. Thank you for all these recipes. I have been thinking about trying turmeric but didn't really know how to use it.

I don't know if I can get turmeric root where I live. Will powdered turmeric work?

Thank you. Yes, powdered turmeric will work too.

That's good to know, thanks. I was thinking about it and I might be able to get some of the turmeric root, if I look in the right stores. I've just never looked for it before.

Isschade (author)2015-03-06

I've been using Turmeric since the 70s in all my cooking. GREAT STUFF. I have a question about the paste recipe above. Is the Tsp reference for Tablespoon or teaspoon. Typically the capital T is for Tablespoon and the sp is for teaspoon. This is a combination of the two. ???? Could someone please verify.

Tsp - teaspoon ( 1 Tsp - 5 grams )

Tbsp - tablespoon (1 Tbsp - 15 grams)

There is a slight difference in the abbreviations but big difference in its value.

In the paste recipe i have mentioned only teaspoon measurements not tablespoon.

Thanks !!

Thanks bunches Pavithra, I've seen so many different abreviations over my years (too many to mention) so I was just checking. :)

zinixo (author)2015-03-07

How do you use the tumeric oil? Do you apply it to the skin or take it orally? Thanks.

Turmeric oil can be applied on the skin as well as taken orally (by adding it in the tea and smoothies around 1/2 Tsp to 1 Tsp)

flyingace (author)2015-03-05

You mention early in the article that turmeric can be helpful in treating heartburn, but I didn't see that any of the recipes you've generously provided specifically called out heartburn as something they'd be good for. Are any of these recipes better than the others when it comes to treating heartburn?

Clinical studies shows that turmeric protects gastrointestinal tract through its anti-inflammatory effect. Drinking turmeric tea daily may give you some relief.

puggirl415 (author)2015-03-06

Thanks for all these. I'm excited about the Turmeric milk since I also want to figure out how to make the fancy expensive Turmeric cashew milk at the raw juice bar. I bought a bag of Turmeric roots and grated them and dried that in the oven with just the pilot light on (about 100 degrees). I added some of the fresh grated root plus, pepper, cardamom and fresh ginger to honey. I let it sit in the sun for a few days. It makes my plain tea taste like yummy Chai.

Thanks you!! I like your idea too will try it for sure.

christos.makariou.1 (author)2015-03-07

I use turmeric to make and give rice a golden yellow color. Add cinamon stick and resins and a little pepper in the boiling brouth and some rice. After cooking it soft in the pun its time for a bit of frying. Frying it adds a bit of taste to the rice and brings out the flavor of the cinamon againts the turmeric. A splash of tabasco sauce saves the day to. dont forget to fry with some chopped meditterranian parsley with some corn and green pees! Just before turning the heat off sprinkle some sugar too. Serve hot as a complement to a stake or pork-chop!

clewis21 (author)2015-03-05

I just add it to some of my food, but thanks for the info.

I add turmeric to my daily cooking. It not only adds color and flavor to the dish, it also make food healthy. Thanks for sharing your comments !!!

staticfire (author)2015-03-05

I'm usually skeptical when it comes to home remedies, but I've seen that turmeric works first-hand! I have cystic acne and have tried every topical medication my dermatologist has recommended and they never work. I'm always left with really dried out skin. But I mixed apple cider vinegar, lemon, and turmeric to use as a paste and I noticed an immediate difference in my skin. I'm looking forward to trying some of these recipes to see if turmeric works just as well for joint problems, too!

Thanks for sharing your comment. Turmeric is having lots medicinal values and I am positive that it will cure joint problems too... all the best!!!

kruth1 (author)2015-03-05

These look great! I happen to LOVE the taste of turmeric--but I've been using it for so long that maybe I've gotten used to it!

Thanks for your comment!!!

Omarsibles (author)2015-03-05

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. This looks and sounds wonderful... Gotta love it when we realize the health benefits behind something natural and clean. Thanks again!

Thank You :-)

novaent (author)2015-03-06

the biggest discovery by US scientists is that it is anti cancerous. heals open wounds and is very effective as cancer therapy. it is a native plant of india and is grown all over india.

ashleyjlong (author)2015-03-03

I always hear how good Tumeric is for you, but I have trouble getting past the flavor. I'm guessing the smoothie hides it pretty well. How are the tea and milk? Thanks for showing us how to make the paste!

cfuse (author)ashleyjlong2015-03-05

I used to supplement with turmeric for mental health (turmeric is supposed to increase BDNF production, especially so when combined with pipericine). I just took it as pills - they don't taste like anything (and I have to take medication every day, so what's more pills?).

The medication I take is quite rough on my GI tract, so I'm never in any great hurry to throw a pound of aromatic spice on top of that. I do find that some herbs are worth the suffering, and reducing the dose and/or cycling usage can help give you a break. Also, ramp up your dose slowly to let your body adapt.

True ! Turmeric has a strong flavor and getting past it is necessary to enjoy the drink. When you make the paste itself, the turmeric gets cooked (loosing the raw smell) and also in the tea and milk the other ingredients like lemon, cardamon, cinnamon, saffron will over power the turmeric flavor. My daughter is having this milk regularly this winter. Try it you out you will like it :)

thedayton (author)2015-03-05

Is this method used topically or ingested?

satoko68 (author)2015-03-03

Love this. We buy our turmeric in its whole root form in our local Asian supermarket & use it for cooking, skin care, teas when we're not feeling well, massage oils etc. I also buy turmeric essential oil in bulk to use in skin care products such as masks & moisturizing facial oils. It's an amazing & powerful herb/root with a vast amount of uses. This is the first time I've seen instructions as to how to make the paste, however. Thanks very much for sharing! Will be making it based on your instructions next week & then basing a new mask formulation on this paste.

Thank you for your comments. Even I use Turmeric in its whole form. The smell of it itself makes me feel I'm home :) Please share when you make it !

ChrisOKrazy (author)2015-03-03

Where can you purchase turmeric paste? I don't recall ever seeing it in my area at any local stores. Nice instructable!

Thank you ! ChrisOKrazy.

As cdstudioNH said, even I don't think its readily available. We have to make it. The procedure to make it is shown in the Step 1 above.

cdstudioNH (author)ChrisOKrazy2015-03-03

I don't think it is readily available, so you just have to make it, per 1st recipe.

cdstudioNH (author)2015-03-03

Yum, these all look delicious!

Thank you :)

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