Turmeric

Turmeric

Active ingredient = Curcumin

Benefits:

  • Skin growths & other issues (ie. sarcoids).
  • Cancer prevention (so far including breast, colon, prostate, lung and leukemia).
  • Improved liver function (by inhibiting free radicle damage of fats).
  • Cardiovascular protection by reducing cholesterol.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohns and ulcerative colitis.
  • Protection against Alzheimers and Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Mood regulation (including anxiety & depression).

Dose:

Person – 1 or 2 teaspoons per day.

Dog – 1 teaspoon per day (20kg dog).

Horse – 1 tablespoon per day. (500kg horse).  (Mix into regular feed or add apple puree.)

Recipes:

WARNING:  Do not use hot temperatures (ie. boiling) as the curcumin will degrade.

Turmeric Milk

Simply warm some half a pint of goats milk (don’t give cows milk to dogs and cats), add in a teaspoon of turmeric and a table spoon of manuka honey. This is probably the most common way people consume turmeric, usually as a night time drink!

Golden Turmeric Paste

  1. Freeze clean turmeric overnight & thaw.
  2. Gently heat ½ cup turmeric in 1 cup water (do not boil).
  3. Mash or mix to form a paste.  (If needed, add a little more turmeric or water.)
  4. Add 1 teaspoon ground black peppercorn.  (Piperine present in black pepper aids absorption of curcumin.)
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil.  (These fats aid absorption of curcumin & add other nutrients needed by an inflamed body, such as vitamin E).
  6. Keep it on the heat, continually stirring, giving the ingredients a chance to mesh.
  7. Pour it into sterlised jar (at minimum this means to rinse under boiling water).
  8. Store in the fridge.

Options:  Use a mixture of edible, plant derived oils – coconut, linseed, olive oil etc.

Ratios:

Single feed:

  • 10ml turmeric powder
  • 5-10ml coconut oil
  • 16 grinds of black peppercorns

Batch:

  • ½ cup (125ml/60g) turmeric
  • ½ – 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup (70ml) coconut oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons (10-15ml) freshly cracked pepper

Image source: Natural Living Ideas. 2017. How To Grow Turmeric & 10 Brilliant Ways To Use It (by Susan Patterson). [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.naturallivingideas.com/grow-turmeric/. [Accessed 13 September 2021].



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In person + online permaculture teacher. Online permaculture consultant. Upkeep of a 30 acre rural property (using permaculture & other agroecological techniques). A communal research laboratory focusing on free innovation in the works. Doing what I can to support LIFE on planet Earth!!

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