Ginger and turmeric two of natures greatest healers readily available in stores near you.
Ginger root Turmeric root and Turmeric powder
As a trainee Yoga teacher we we taught to start our day breaking our fast with nature’s two great healers- ginger – an aid to digestion and Turmeric as an anti septic and blood cleanser. This we cooked in oats served with milk , considered by Yogis as a whole food.)
In Ayurveda Turmeric for shingles, A thick layer of mustard oil is first smeared on the affected part and then dusted with Turmeric powder it is said healng takes place within 3 to 4 days.
Turmeric is also used to penetrate the minutest of channels and open up blockages. It has an energising effect on the immune system and is being used to assist in some treatments of AIDS. A favourite with the food flavouring industry because of it’s bright yellow colour. We understand it works as a blood thinner, purifier and helps to also coagulate blood. Farida Irani an Ayurvedic practitioner says that in “India if someone has had a fall or an accident the person is immediately giving Turmeric powder , half a teaspoon with sugar as it helps to dissolve any blood clots or prevent internal bleeding.” She says it helps to coagulate the blood in bleeding occurring through an injury and therefore is valuable to have as part of your first aid kit.”
The University of Texas researchers added cur cumin to lab grown melanoma cells to see if the spice could stop the cells from surviving and reproducing. The more curcumin they added to the melanoma, the more cells died. The researchers believe that the cur cumin could shut down a powerful protein that promotes and abnormal inflammatory response, which is believed to cause a variety of disorders, including arthritis and cancer.
An article in the Reader’s Digest suggests that a compound which makes curries yellow could help inhibit skin cancer.
In Ayurveda it is stated that it is not just the chemistry or properties of the plant or the standard tastes but the “PRABHAV” which is the special energetic glow or affect that makes the plant have unusual therapeutic qualities. Oils especially have a Pranic energy field of their own. (Prana is life force)
In Ayurveda Turmeric is used for shingles, A thick layer of mustard oil is first smeared on the affected part and then dusted with Turmeric powder it is said healng takes place within 3 to 4 days.Farida explains that Turmeric helps in wound healing .
The therapeutic value of Turmeric oil for the body: antibacterial. Helps with diseases of poor circulation, anaemia, it is a stimulant, tonic, good for coughs, helps stabilise blood sugar for diabetes.( Fresh Turmeric grated in salads or cooked in rice or oats for breakfast) Removes liver obstruction, arthritis, alcers, is an anti-inflammatory and blood purifier
Skin: antiseptic, ringworms, itching, Eczema, wounds, bruises, heating, moisturising, cleanser, detoxify, oily skin.
Mind: Emotions has a calming effect on emotions, grounding, Helps remove confusion, anxiety,
references: Medicinal Plants of India. Roa A 1987 Irani Farida “The Magic of Ayurveda.” Sydney Subtle Energies.