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Last fall, I started collecting eggshells after I read an article on Realfarmacy.com that touted their usefulness in the garden, for everything from fertilizer to organic pest control. This spring, I’m using crushed eggshells in the garden five ways:
Above: During the winter, I saved the shells from all the eggs we ate by simply rinsing them and placing them in an open container where they could dry out. (No, they did not smell. Everyone who came to my house and saw them asked me this question.) After my containers were full, I set the kids to pulverizing them into little bits with wooden spoons, thus compacting the shells so that I could collect more.
Above: When tilled into the soil, ground eggshells provide your plants with calcium.
Though nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are most vital for healthy growth, calcium is also essential for building healthy “bones”—the cell walls of a plant. Composed of calcium carbonate, eggshells are an excellent way to introduce this mineral into the soil. To prep the eggshells, grind with a mixer, grinder, or mortar and pestle and till them into the soil. Because it takes several months for eggshells to break down and be absorbed by a plant’s roots, it is recommended that they be tilled into the soil in fall. More shells can be mixed into your soil in the spring.
By the same token, finely crushed shells mixed with other organic matter at the bottom of a hole will help newly planted plants thrive. (Tomatoes especially love calcium.) For an exciting recycled garden cocktail: try mixing your eggshells with coffee grounds, which are rich in nitrogen.
Finally, eggshells will reduce the acidity of your soil, and will help to aerate it.
Eggshell Seed Starters
Above: Because they are biodegradable, eggshells make excellent, no-waste seed starters. For this, reserve some of your deeper shell halves. Sterilize the shelves by boiling them or by placing them in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. (If you put them in a cooling oven after, say, you baked a roast chicken, you can sterilize eggs without using excess energy.)
Next, with a nail or awl, make a hole in the bottom for drainage. Add soil and seeds according to the packaging. When sprouts appear, plant them—egg and all—right into the soil. See a complete DIY at 17 Apart.
Eggshell Pest Control
Above: A coating of crushed eggshells in the garden is said to help deter several pests, both large and small. Deer dislike the smell of the albumen and will stay away. Apparently you can also use egg’s insides to deter deer. See DIY: Homemade Deer Spray. Be aware, however, that though deer hate the smell of eggs, rodents love it. Therefore, it may not be best to use this deterrent near the house.
Many gardeners also tout the use of crushed eggshells as a snail and slug repellent. But a recent test by All About Slugs in Oregon seems to have dispelled this as a myth. If you’ve had any success with egg shells as slug repellent, we’d be curious to know.
Eggshell Bird Food
Above: Like plants and people, birds also benefit from a bit a calcium in their diet, especially the females who need extra before and after laying their eggs. To make bird food, start by sterilizing the shells by leaving them in a cooling oven after you bake a meal. Then crush them into fine bits and mix with your favorite seed.
Above: Like oysters, eggshells used as mulch provide a striking accent in the garden. If you gather enough, you can even apply a layer thick enough to deter weeds.
Originally published on Gardenista.
In the race with our own selves, are we forgetting to remember? Or is it the apathy that burns our common sense? Amidst greedy food industries and dying farmers, the gap cannot be bigger and more visible. As much as we the people try to get to healthier food options, the food industry slogs day and night to take us as far as possible from acquiring a healthy lifestyle. Once in awhile, in the middle of nowhere, when someone cares to pause and think about what is happening as a collective society, awakening happens. What you are depends a lot on what you eat. What you eat, reflects a lot on how you think. What you think, you become.
The need and the time for an organic drive is here and now. To a large section of the population, the term organic is coupled with “expensive”, “selling strategy”, and “luxury”. It is quite the opposite of each of these. It is an intuitive cycle. Think about it. Organic food is made using organic fruits, grains and vegetables. These organic ingredients, come up from crops that have been nurtured and nourished all through the year with utmost care and farming techniques. Now when I use the term farming techniques, I am obliged to be very careful and aware about what I am describing here. Very similar to ourselves and this human body, is our planet ‘Mother Earth’. What we give, is what we get.
When we try to suffocate our soil lands with harmful pesticides and fertilizers, all that that we would get back will be toxic by products of man-handled fruit and vegetable babies. Of course a profitable byproduct could be several folds of product stock. Merchants across the world are able to hoards of stock in this way. Imagine buying brinjal for your family. When I was a kid, my parents used to buy it by weight, by hand-picking healthy ones. But now, I am introduced to a hoard of pineapple sized aubergine/eggplant and asked to believe that they are different. For clarity, they are not different. They should ideally be the same. For massive production, these are fed all kinds of toxic crop chemicals and blown up in size! And we are asked to eat the ever-pregnant looking eggplants.
A person who would buy approximately 10-15 brinjal per 500g, now ends up buying 1 aubergine for his or her family. What is this, if not for business? Remember, I am not blaming the naturally grown eggplants here. I am only against the artificially blown up ones. One can easily find the difference between the two. When you cook the natural ones, you will be able to savor the taste, and relish it. On the contrary, the artificial one is lifeless, tasteless and dangerously nutrition-less! But they get sold out pretty fast, since the entire food industry is cashing in on people’s ignorance. Teams like Indian SuperHeroes who have woken up to this hideous fact, did not just take it upon themselves to educate the people, but are relentlessly working towards protecting the planet, and more so, at recovering the planet from the “already done” damage.
Now that, is organic. Next time someone tells you that organic is a fad, attempt to clarify the term and its vast meaning. Live and lead a life of an example, what you give, is what you get! So, ask yourself what you eat and how they grow! Before you turn a vulnerable target to those harmfully grown foods, ask yourself the most important question – how healthy are you? How healthy do you wanna be?
Do you remember that big fish tank at the dentist clinic where Nemo get stuck?
Though it is a movie but movies are not just out of the blue. The dentist in the movie is a real professional and whenever any patient (kid) comes to visit him, he gives him the room with the aquarium to sit and wait.
Actually, there is a scientific reason behind that. Usually, kids that come to him for checkup, are already stressed by the fact that they are meeting a doctor and somehow their brains relate this to having pain, which is why calming them is essential.
Looking at an aquarium with vibrant colored fishes, swimming in the blue water has been proven to calm down the stress and anxiety, the kids usually have. In this way, they feel less pain when they are actually examined by the doctor because their brains are being relaxed by the serenity of the fishes.
This is not all. Looking at an aquarium full of fishes which is also referred as the aquarium therapy will actually help you to live a holistic life.
Let’s start with Blood Pressure & Stress:
Every 1 of 3 American adults is suffering from high blood pressure, which is around 75 million of the entire population. This is indeed a shocking and terrifying news.
Also, $46 billion is spent each year to treat this awful disease. But do you know that the aquarium therapy can help you to reduce your blood pressure level significantly?
It has been studied and proven that the tranquil swimming nature of the fishes can lower your stress level drastically which is why you will see most of the doctors have aquariums in their waiting rooms.
Having the best 20 gallon fish tank and contemplating the fishes in it will prove beneficial in the long run and also will keep you occupied from thinking something stressful.
A Happy Heart Is Happy You!
Again, I would like to start with statistics.
Every 1 of 4 Americans die in heart diseases and the number is increasing. But who knows that a simple aquarium can have the ability to strengthen our heart?
Yes! Fishes have the ability to do miracles. Aquarium therapy is really helpful in making you happy after the entire day of hard work and tough times. The serenity of the underwater environment will pierce your heart with love and compassion which will only let you to feel happy and relax.
Controlling The Aggressiveness Of The Alzheimer’s Patients:
Alzheimer’s patients are often found to be very aggressive and troublesome. These affected kids can be dealt with the Aquarium Therapy as the beauty of the underwater world with vibrant colors and corals keep them under control. Not only that it changes the eating habits of the kids and increase the nutrition intake.
Overall, contemplating the fishes and the serenity of the deep blue water will help them to improve
their health condition drastically.
Treating Autism & ADHD Disorders:
Sudden emotional outbursts are very common to Autistic Children which is why they are difficult to handle but an aquarium therapy can help them to calm their nerve down and feel more relaxed.
Also, the children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are prone to losing concentration level easily.
An attractive fish tank has the ability to turn their heads towards it and control their nerves and heart beats by keeping them more concentrated.
It is proven that the aquarium therapy is more helpful in keeping your life happy, satisfied and
stress-free than any other natural ways. Fishes have the ability to make you more compassionate and feel complete. A day-long stress can be instantly minimized if you contemplate the fishes in the deep blue water.
Since it is the time to talk about our native bulls, here is a picture of a few bulls belonging to a breed native to Andhra that we own in our village.
Just to give you an idea of what it takes to take care of them, we have about 6 and the cost comes to Rs.16,000 per month. It is extremely difficult to find labour to take care of them and we have to depend on locals working in our fields. Since these are bulls, we don’t get any milk. 🙂 The 2 cows yielding milk do so only when they deliver a calf which happens once a year.
Only last night, the young bull on the extreme left fell seriously sick either by eating some poisonous plant or got bit by a poisonous insect. My dad had to fight with a veterinary doctor who was reluctant to visit after office hours, had to give it 4 bottles of saline and had to have someone to monitor the bull till midnight to ensure it was doing alright.
We rear these cows and bulls not because they fetch us any money, to be honest, financially, it is a burden but we are able to maintain them because we have the affordability. The only reason is the emotion we have towards cattle, we don’t even have Jallikattu in our region to serve as a motivation.
As someone who grew up in a household that owned 120 cows and bulls and who today sees only empty cowsheds, remember these points when you take up a fight to save native breeds:
1. The reason why native breeds have fallen out of favour is change in agricultural practices. We no longer use bulls for ploughing or for transport, not even for manure.
2. If you want to own native breeds for purely commercial purposes, it may not be a viable business because, the milk yield is very less compared to the Jersey breeds and unless you give it hormone injections, it only will give enough milk for its calf. It takes 9 months for a cow to deliver a calf, so technically, you are going to get milk only once in a year!
3. In my grandfather’s time, people who owned cattle, let the calves feed first and then used the remaining milk for personal consumption, at the most, they distributed the extra milk to villagers who didn’t own cattle. Would that work in today’s world with the huge demand for milk?
4. There was a time when every household held agricultural lands, now a major portion is being converted to real estate because for our generation and the generations next, agriculture is no longer a career. Trust me when I say this, it is not an easy career unless you are willing to change your entire lifestyle and are immensely passionate about it. So when agriculture itself is waning, would farmers really care for native breeds?
5. Even if someone is deeply attached to cattle, when they hardly get any returns, would they have the affordability to maintain them? Who will pay for their maintenance?
Jallikattu being permitted is fine but that’s not what is going to save the native breeds. If your fight is for the native breeds, then Jallikattu is not the solution because the same farmer who is motivated to rear a bull for the sport, wouldn’t hesitate to sell it off the moment the bull is no longer good enough for the sport if it is going to be a financial burden.
The days when cattle was considered family are gone, even in villages very few people want to focus on traditional careers, labour is extremely hard to find, we have a billion people to feed and unless you resort to mechanization and high yielding breeds, it won’t be possible to meet the demand. So it is upon common citizens to really get down to the field and contribute to the farmers’ livelihood.
Candlelight protests are only good enough to create news for the breeds but it is not going to save them.
How many of you are willing to cut short your milk consumption, stop buying more real estate and stop adding to the population?
We need answers to these questions and actions, Jallikattu or no Jallikattu.
Originally published on FB by Harichandana Devalla (Read the post here.)
Does Honey Crystallize – The Myth
Some of our customers have been reporting to us that the organic, wild, raw, forest honey they have bought from us has crystallized over time. We tell them, It’s a good thing. Honey that crystallizes is NOT adulterated nor ‘spoilt’; infact the opposite is true.
Crystallization is a natural and spontaneous process. Pure honey will crystallize over time – apart from the color and the texture – there will be NO difference in the honey whatsoever.
Infact, when honey crystallizes, the natural flavor and quality of the honey is preserved more. We’ve had many other customers who seem to prefer honey in this form – that way it is easier to spread onto the toast they make every morning.
Crystallized honey is also easier to use for some recipes and the taste is richer.
Why Does Honey Crystallize?
Natural, raw honey has a high concentration of sugar (70% sugar and less than 20% water). Essentially, this means that the water in the honey holds more sugar than it normally should hold – thereby making the honey unstable. The two principal sugars in honey are fructose and glucose. The glucose in the honey is what crystallizes over time, due to its lower solubility. The fructose, however, is more soluble in water than glucose and will remain fluid.
Generally, the fructose range is from 30-44% and the glucose range is from 25-40%. The percentages of fructose and glucose content varies from one type of honey to the other. When glucose crystallizes, it separates from water and forms tiny crystals. As time progresses, more glucose starts to crystallize, and these crystals spread throughout the honey.
When glucose crystallizes, it separates from water and takes the form of tiny crystals. As the crystallization progresses and more glucose crystallizes, those crystals spread throughout the honey. Ultimately, the honey becomes thick and crystallized.
The degree of crystallization may differ as well. Some honeys crystallize uniformly. Others form distinct layers – the crystals will settle at the bottom, and the liquid remains on top. Once honey crystallizes, it changes to a lighter shade than when it was in liquid form.
And what do you do with crystallized honey? You can reuse it easily. Just heat the honey bottle up in warm water and the honey melts. Easy, isn’t it?
So the ultimate takeaway? Real, raw, wild forest honey will crystallize – and you will LOVE it.
Buy it from our store and trust me, you will come back for more, over and over again! Click here to buy.
Eating Organic Food is a great choice for your health.
However, eating organic doesn’t come easy. It really needs to start with us actually understanding what is organic and what isn’t. So, for the newbies – here’s a short primer on what ‘organic‘ actually is, and how you can start eating organic food (Learn How to Make Golden Milk) that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
What Actually is Organic?
There is a notion that food items, by virtue of not being preserved using chemical additives – is automatically organic. There can be nothing more further from the truth.
Organic food needs to start from the soil – the way farmers grow and process their crops. Organic farmers practice using natural fertilizers instead of chemical fertilizers, and use crop rotation strategies to manage weeds.
In other words, organic food is biologically grown. It is more nature-friendly, and the emphasis is on creating a healthy and fertile soil, than merely spraying crops (and ultimately our food) with unnatural chemical formulations.
Since there are no chemicals added, there are multiple benefits of eating organic food – let’s take a look at some of them:
Advantages of Eating Organic Food
a. More Nutritious, and Safe
Since organic food is free from chemical additives, it is safer and more nutritious than crops that are grown using chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Additionally, consider eating organic livestock produce as well – since they are raised without using any antibiotic or growth harmone drugs. (Here’s a recipe you can try out today)
b. More fresh
Since organic food doesn’t contain chemical preservatives (to make food last longer), it is often fresh.
c. Definitely Tastier
It may take some getting used to, but, once you are out of the comfort zone – processed sugar, MSG and other additives – you will start eating organic food and enjoying its taste. Rest assured, in a short time, you will start craving organic food, and will have it no other way.
d. Definitely Healthier
Organic foods tend to be rich in antioxidants and have various vitamins, minerals and other essential components intact. Therefore, eating such foods will help in the prevention of diseases such as cancer, premature aging, Alzheimers and so on. (Read More: Top 11 Benefits of Organic Turmeric Powder).
Considerations Before Eating Organic Food
You may have to start eating organic food with some caution though. There are various so-so food products out there in the market – which is really non-organic produce disguised as organic, to enable them to sell better. Here are some considerations:
a. Verify the Certifications
Before you start eating organic food, verify the certifications of the company – India Organic Certification (India), USDA Certification (United States), NASAA Certification (Australia) and so on (Read More on Wikipedia: Various Organic Certifications).
b. Read the Label
Also, please read the label and check for any preservatives present in the product; most preservatives are petroleum based — you surely don’t want to be consuming those!
c. Buy Locally as Well
One of the common complaints is that eating organic food is a costly affair. However, purchasing it directly from the farmer ensures that you spend less and support the growth of your local community. Or try reaching out to organizations such as Indian Superheroes (ISH), that promise you direct farm-to-fork produce at a nominal price.
Try eating organic food, starting today and let us know how you feel!
Turmeric powder is probably the most important herb in the world – and for an organicaholic (a term I phrased for a person addicted to organic food), it is an absolute essential for food and beauty regimes.
I have been experimenting with various cuisines, but, I found an authentic Indian recipe that I love for making delicious chicken curry made with turmeric powder and organic coconut oil. (Essential Reading: Eating Organic Food? Read this First)
Why Turmeric Powder for Chicken Curry?
As you may already know, turmeric powder has amazing benefits. Of the major benefits, turmeric is:
- nourishing for skin
For the major benefits of turmeric powder, read an article I have written.
You can use turmeric powder in food to great effect, a case in point being the turmeric chicken curry recipe that I will share with you. Additionally, you can also use it for skincare, (Read More: How to Use Turmeric To Cure Acne) or health drinks, especially Golden Milk. (Read More: How to Make Golden Milk)
With that said, let’s jump into the recipe for making turmeric chicken curry. Happy eating!
Turmeric Chicken Curry
Probably the easiest, and one of the most delicious chicken curry recipes made with organic turmeric powder and organic coconut oil.
- 1 grated white onion
- 20 g of grated ginger
- 3 slices crushed garlic
- 4 boneless chicken thighs
- 2 pieces chicken leg
- 60 ml of organic coconut oil
- 1 finely-chopped red chilli
- 1 spoon of organic turmeric powder
- 1 spoon of cumin
- 2 spoons of coriander powder
- 2 spoons of smoked paprika
- 3 slices cardamom
- 1 cup of curry leaves - plus extra fried leaves
- 400 ml organic coconut cream
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- Crushed cashews to taste
- Coconut flakes spring onion and coriander
Add sliced onion, ginger and garlic in a large bowl.
Add the chicken thighs and leg pieces to the mix.
Set aside for 20 minutes.
- Take a saucepan and heat 2 spoons of organic coconut oil over medium heat.
- Add the marinated chicken slices to the saucepan, and add salt.
- Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes until it turns golden.
- Remove it from the pan and set it aside.
- Put a spoon of coconut oil to the pan and add chilli, spices, and curry leaves.
- Stir and cook for a minute.
- Add the marinated chicken pieces to the pan.
- Put a few dollops of coconut cream, and set the stove to medium-low.
- Cover the pan with a lid.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the lid and reduce heat to low.
- Stir and cook for a further 20 minutes until the chicken pieces are tender.
- Add cashews and stir and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the stove.
Serve with toppings - chilli, fried curry leaves, coconut flakes, spring onion, coriander and some extra cashews for taste.
Treating acne is an effortless, painless, and least-expensive process. However, the current scenario paints a different picture.
Various pharmaceutical and beauty businesses offer chemical treatments as the go-to option for treating any skin problem. Most of them result in adverse side effects and is harmful for the skin.
Treating skin problems can be done best when we use traditional plant-based recipes, based out of ancient Indian Ayurvedic systems.
Before we get into treating acne, let’s first understand how it is formed.
Inflammatory acne occurs as a result of various factors – diet, allergies, hydration levels, internal and environmental toxins. Other causes include intestinal floral levels, omega essential fatty acid balance, and toxic overload.
Healing Inflammatory Acne
To heal inflammatory acne, you should adopt a variety of practices:
- Include an alkaline, anti-inflammatory diet
- Limit intake of sugar
- Limit intake of toxic food
- Drink golden milk (Read More: How to Make Golden Milk)
- Exercise everyday (atleast for half an hour)
- Use gentle non-toxic, chemical-free facial cleanser
- Use alkaline moisturizers
To get started however, you can adopt a simple technique, right out of an Ayurveda textbook – turmeric powder and organic cold-pressed coconut oil.
The Cause and the Cure
Propionibacterium is the main cause of inflammatory acne.
Recent studies have proven that a combination of curcumin (prime component of turmeric powder) and lauric acid (prime component of organic coconut oil) is incredibly effective at killing Propionibacterium.
Why Turmeric Powder?
Indian women use turmeric powder as part of their beauty regimen.
Turmeric is used as it is:
- nourishing for skin
Turmeric manages inflammation levels throughout the body by killing bacteria on the skin without damaging other healthy cells. This enables you to treat acne without any side effects, specifically dry skin. (Read More: Top 11 Benefits of Turmeric Powder)
Why Coconut Oil?
Organic coconut oil is used as a beauty product, and as a dietary staple. Like turmeric, coconut oil is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and helps nourish skin cells.
Recent studies have shown that coconut oil is the most effective carrier for curcumin (found in Turmeric powder). The lauric acid in coconut oil and the curcumin from turmeric work together to inhibit the growth of inflammatory acne.
How to Treat Your Acne with Turmeric and Coconut Oil
The process of treating acne with turmeric powder and coconut oil is the same that Indian women have been following for generations. It is not rocket-science, it is a simple, efficient and cost-effective process.
The Treatment Process
- Wash your face with a gentle organic cleanser.
Organic wild honey is a great cleanser. It is anti-bacterial and naturally hydrating.
- Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with virgin coconut oil.
- Use a spoon, stir and make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the acne patches.
- Keep the face pack on for atleast 30 minutes.
- Rinse off the face pack with lukewarm water.
- Use an organic moisturizer to remove the face pack completely.
- Repeat this process for a few days.
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Gentle organic products are best for skin.
- Do NOT pick the acne or try bursting it – this just perpetuates its breakout.
- If an acne has erupted, it will leave scars on the skin. Use coconut oil to lighten the scars over time.
- Turmeric may stain clothing or your porcelain bowls.
- Applying turmeric powder paste to your skin will give it a temporary yellow or orange tint – nothing to worry – it will go away after a couple of hours. 🙂
You can use more coconut oil to make a thinner version of the paste. This thinner version can be used as a nourishing mask. Try this paste the next time you have acne – and see the results for yourself.
Ever since I made a conscious choice to go organic, I have replaced my coffee shots with something much more healthy, delicious, and creamy – Golden Milk.
What is Golden Milk?
Golden Milk (also called Turmeric Milk) is a drink made using turmeric powder (preferably organic) and milk – and it is an ancient Ayurvedic concoction. Golden Milk has several health, beauty, and wellness benefits due to the curcumin content in turmeric. (Read More: Top 11 Benefits of Turmeric Powder)
Amongst its widespread uses, Golden Milk (as a result of the curcumin content) is:
- anti-cancer, and
- anti-parasitic in nature.
How to Make Golden Milk
To make Golden Milk or Turmeric Milk, you will need turmeric powder, cold-pressed coconut oil, and black pepper (preferably organic). Once you make the Golden Paste in advance (which takes a timeframe of two weeks), making Golden Milk will only take a matter of minutes.
a. How to Make Golden Paste
To make Golden Paste, you will need:
- 20gms Organic Turmeric Powder (Buy here)
- A cup of water
- 2 teaspoons of Organic Black Pepper (Buy here)
- 5 Tablespoons of Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil (Buy here)
- Boil water in a vessel and add turmeric and black pepper.
- Stir and cook for around 7-8 minutes, till it forms into a thick paste.
- Remove the vessel and add organic cold-pressed coconut oil.
- Use a ladle to mix the coconut oil with the paste.
- Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar.
- Store in the fridge for a period of 14-21 days (two to three weeks).
Why Should Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil Be Used?
Since turmeric powder is fat-soluble, coconut oil (preferably organic) acts as the most effective carrier for the curcumin compounds of the turmeric powder to enter the human body. Cold-pressed Coconut Oil and Curcumin combine to help with joint lubrication and cellular function.
Why Should Black Pepper Be Used?
As per a recent study (Read More: Black Pepper and Curcumin), adding black pepper increases the curcumin’s bioavailability by over 2000%.
The best part? The taste of black pepper is undetectable in the Golden Milk.
b. How to Make Golden Milk
Now that the Golden Paste is made, making Golden Milk is a matter of minutes!
- A teaspoon of Golden Paste
- 2 cups of raw milk (preferably cow milk)
- Organic Honey (for taste) (Buy here)
- Gently heat two cups of raw milk.
- Heat it until it steams, but ensure that it does not boil over.
- Add a teaspoon of Golden Paste.
- Use a ladle to mix the paste into the milk.
- Add honey to taste.
Enjoy your delicious, creamy Golden Milk – and slowly, replace your cups of coffee or tea with a naturally healthy alternative. Use the Golden Paste to make smoothies, salad dressings, curries or other delicious recipes.
Psst…Your pets will love the Golden Paste too. 🙂 Let us know in your comments if you liked it.
Watch a video to see how Golden Milk is made . . .
Turmeric (scientific name: Curcuma Longa) is probably THE most important herb in history. Used through generations as a nutritional supplement, beauty and health agent, staple cooking ingredient, and as a cure for multiple problems - the benefits of turmeric powder are manifold.
Indian women use turmeric face masks and turmeric soaps since it is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic in nature. Additionally, recipes with turmeric powder are famous across India - not only for the taste but also the health benefits - a prime example being the "golden milk" - turmeric powder mixed with a glass of cow milk. (Read: How to Make Golden Milk)
Benefits of Turmeric Powder
High-quality studies show various benefits of turmeric powder for both body and brain.
Here is a list of the top 11 benefits of turmeric powder, especially if it is organic turmeric (Read More: Eating Organic Food? Read this First):
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #1: Used as a Powerful Medicine
The health benefits of turmeric powder are a result of its curcumin content. Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing effects. In order to experience the full effect of curcumin, you can consider taking turmeric extracts, which have higher percentages of curcumin, than merely turmeric powder, where the curcumin content is only around 3%.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #2: Provides Relief from Arthritic Pain
Turmeric's anti-oxidants destroys free radicals that damage various body cells - thereby aiding relief from joint pains and inflammation. Additionally, turmeric can also treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (Read More: How Turmeric can help prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis).
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #3: Helps In Controlling Diabetes
Turmeric helps in moderating insulin levels in the body, and also in reducing insulin resistance. For this reason, turmeric is used extensively to control diabetes. Additionally, it is also used to prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #4: Helps In Preventing Cancer
One of the most significant benefits of turmeric powder is its use in preventing cancer - particularly colon, prostate, and skin cancer.
Through various independent studies, it has been proven that the curcumin content in turmeric stops the growth of cancer cells.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #5: Helps in Regulating Cholesterol
Turmeric controls the serum cholesterol levels in our body (particularly HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and Triglycerides). Therefore, it prevents the onset of various cardiovascular problems. (Read More: Can Turmeric help Reduce High Cholesterol?)
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #6: Boosts Immunity
Turmeric contains a substance called "lipopolysaccharide" that boosts the immune system and kills disease-causing pathogens. As a result, using turmeric can help in preventing cold, flu and cough.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #7: Heals Wounds
Turmeric is very useful in healing wounds and is also an effective disinfectant. Applying turmeric powder/paste on cuts and wounds can speed up the healing process. Turmeric can also treat inflammatory skin diseases, particularly psoriasis.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #8: Aids Weight Loss
Using turmeric for health purposes and getting the ideal body weight is a common occurrence in Indian households. Since turmeric powder contains curcumin compounds, it aids in the flow of bile. Bile helps break down fat in the diet. To accelerate the weight loss process, consider taking a teaspoon of turmeric powder with every meal.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #9: Helps In Preventing Alzheimer’s disease
Turmeric helps in the removal of plaque, and helps improve oxygen flow to our brains. This helps the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #10: Helps Improve Memory
Curcumin content in turmeric increases the BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) growth hormone in the brain. BDNF helps form new connections between neurons in the brain, thereby helping to improve memory and concentration levels.
Benefits of Turmeric Powder #11: Reduces Risk of Heart Attacks
The curcumin compound present in turmeric improves the functions of the endothelium (lining of blood vessels), thereby preventing the clotting of blood in arteries. As a result, turmeric is said to reduce the risk of heart attacks.