I’ve written about my Love for Turmeric before, but have been learning more about it this week as I have been thinking about getting Kenny and Gloria on it, I mean, they need to know about it really. It’s in their genes. It has SO many benefits:
” I think I need to get with this turmeric business. What can I do that’s easy and tasty??”
AND my sister arrived at my Bikram Yoga class on Wednesday night with an orange tooth. These are both clear signs to me that I NEED TO WRITE ABOUT IT AGAIN…. Honestly I love it so much I could slather it all over my face…. Oh….wait, I already did.
The below Turmeric mask works for acne and eczema. It reduces inflammation and redness, and promotes skin healing, a great skin rejuvenator! It is so easy to make and you will not turn into an Oompa Loompa! My skin always feels lovely and soft post mask.
Turmeric Face Mask:
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp Oat Milk
- mix and slather on your FACE. Leave for no longer than 20 mins, then wash off with cold water and a flannel and notice how SOFT your skin is!
I have been reading this week that while turmeric is a powerful and effective compound for treating a wide range of diseases, studies have revealed that it is not absorbed well by the body and also is rapidly metabolised ~errrrr HELLO BODY, why?!? But never fear there are things you can do to help your body absorb and retain the Big T:
1. Black pepper aids the absorption of curcumin: (Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric) and thus increases the amount of curcumin that the body can absorb. So if you are cooking with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper.
2. Mixing with fats: One of the main reasons behind the low-availability of curcumin in the body is because it does not dissolve well in water. Therefore you can mix turmeric with oils, such as my absolute fave, coconut oil.
3. Mixing with quercetin: Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid) that is found in many plants and foods, many of which I have featured in recipes this week! (along with the Big T!). Quercetin inhibits a certain enzyme that deactivates curcumin. Fruits with a dark red or blue colour have the highest quercetin content (cherries, cranberries, blueberries). Vegetables that include quercetin are kale, spinach, sweet peppers, broccoli. Try adding Turmeric to your dishes whenever you can, and be sure to not to heat it too much as curcumin is sensitive to heat (Bloody hell curcumin!! not making it easy for us are you!!) So, another effective way to add turmeric to your diet is by adding it to your smoothies: I add a thumb nail sized piece of root (available in Sainsbury’s next to the Ginger) to EVERY smoothie I make, like this one, today’s Recipe:
“Gloria’s Glorious Green Turmeric Smoothie”
- large handful spinach
- small handful parsley
- large chunk cucumber
- 2 dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 piece of turmeric root
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp Clean Greens
- 1 tbsp silken tofu
I also add it to my morning drink of lemon (another source of quercetin, thus helping you to absorb it) and ginger – you can read all about this here
Another really healing thing to make is Turmeric Milk (which I had last night, and it sent me off a treat):
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp turmeric
- few sprinkles black pepper
- 1tsp raw cacao powder
- honey to taste
- Simmer all ingredients (apart from the honey) until bubbles form at the edge of the pan
- stir, heat for a few more minutes then turn off the heat
- cover and leave to stand for 10 mins to enhance flavour
- stir in your honey/ coconut sugar/ cinnamon (always be sure to add your honey as honey is no good for you heated a lot)
- and ENJOY
By following the above tips you will increase the amount of this powerful spice your body absorbs which will hopefully benefit your long term health in a good way. I have been using Turmeric most days for a year or so now and Love it!