You may have heard of the spice turmeric, but you might not know that it has traditionally been used as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. When eaten, turmeric has the beneficial property of being anti-inflammatory thanks to these compounds in the spice called curcuminoids. This has been looked at in quite a few studies with some significant findings* and is actually one of the more effective anti-inflammatory food available to us. Controlling chronic levels of inflammation can help with various inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, but also internal inflammatory issues such as arthritis. Eating turmeric on a regular basis could also lower your chance of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Since eating an anti-inflammatory diet is key to overall good health and achieving that healthy glow, I figured it couldn't hurt to try and get more turmeric into my diet. I have become creative at incorporating it into various recipes.
My favorite at the moment is this soothing Golden Turmeric Tea that I adapted from Heidi Swanson's recipe. It's important that the recipe includes both fat and the black pepper because both of these help your body to better absorb the curcuminoids. I have it at night a few times a week and love it so much that I wanted to share!
Golden Turmeric Tea
Makes 1 cup
3/4 teaspoon dried turmeric
1 teaspoon honey
Freshly ground black pepper
Drizzle of coconut milk, coconut oil, or half & half
In the bottom of a mug, work the turmeric into the honey until it forms a paste. Add cinnamon and ground black pepper to the mug. Pour hot water (preferably not boiling) into the mug and stir well to dissolve the contents. Add the coconut milk, coconut oil, or half & half and stir well. Keep a spoon handy to stir the drink occasionally while drinking so the spices don't settle at the bottom. Enjoy!
If you are interested in enjoying the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric for topical application, you can try our Night Regenerative Balm which we make with turmeric extract.
*reference: Sahebkar A. Are curcuminoids effective C-reactive protein-lowering agents in clinical practice? Evidence from a meta-analysis. Phytother Res. 2014;28(5): 633–642. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5045