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Surprising Health Benefits of Jamaican Turmeric (also known as Tumeric here)
By Kesha Stewart | Associate Writer
Turmeric gets a lot of respect for its flavourful and colourful addition to our cooking here in Jamaica. We use it to replace curry in my household and the results have been complimentary; there is a vibrant yellow-orange pop of colour and a subtle but interesting flavour to the meals.
But recently I spoke to an herbalist in St. Elizabeth, and let’s just say my perspective of turmeric has changed, totally!
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I realized that I had turmeric in a straight jacket.
So this that I am writing is my ‘apology’ to turmeric. I really do hope it forgives me for foolishly confining it to my kitchen.
Now that my eyes have been opened, I realize that turmeric is a standout for its medicinal properties as well (perhaps even more than) its culinary appeal.
As part of my “repentance” I'll share with you some of the medicinal magic of Jamaican turmeric with you. Much of the information I share can be validated by clients of the herbalist or from personal experience.
So, don't just cook with it, steep it and have it in a cup. While you savour the flavour, you're also...
And, there is also good news for weight watchers!
For the persons into natural beauty care, turmeric is useful in fighting pigmentation issues as well as treating eczema and pimples.
Want to maintain or recapture your youthful looks? Have tumeric it’s great for preventing premature aging.
So you look younger. I love this news :-)
It may be grated (fresh) and massage into the face (may be combined with charcoal for a more balanced effect).
I couldn’t leave without letting you know that my new friend tumeric is able to treat:
And listen to this.. tumeric can protect against radiation injury for those who are doing radiation treatments!
By now you must be thinking that surely there is nothing more that tumeric can do as a medicine?
Well how about being able to...
I figure, you'd ask!
Turmeric is considered to be very safe. In fact, according to a report from the University of Utah, very few side effects have been reported from tumeric, and these include nausea and diarrhea when taking higher doses.
However, when taking as a dietary supplement, it is advisable to discuss same with your health care provider before starting turmeric as a supportive or preventive therapy.
So whether you’re brewing a cup of powdered tumeric to enjoy hot/cold, grating a fresh one or some other novel way, remember you’re benefiting from the antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting magic of turmeric!
Compliments of BarrSpice, from the Cockpit country, Jamaican turmeric is now one of the special items I list on my my Etsy store. To learn more about it, click here.
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