Walking through a local market and listening to 2 women speak at a stall, I was intrigued that they were speaking about inflammation, as a major cause of disease.
The seller was speaking about having finally got off a series of heavy medications.she is now free from arthritic pain and uses no medication, as i continued to eaves drop I learned the miracle drug was a rainforest plant called turmeric. Wasn’t I taught that in Yoga that it clears the “Strotas”
Having recently been in Port Douglas, Queensland Australia, stopping at the markets I bought a packet of Tilbury’s Tonics -dried turmeric and black pepper and coconut oil powder, for our beloved dog, who suffers from inflammation in his ear. Funny how so much of what I was taught in my Yoga Teachers course…… well could it really be 30 years ago is now prominent in health news.
We were expected to cook with turmeric in most of our meals and include a tablespoon of honey in our daily diet. This way there would be no aches pains after yoga class practice.
And now friends and students are sending me back links on information, something I learned all those years ago, so here it is for you to enjoy and please add it to your daily foods. Yes I cook with it and start each day with Turmeric at breakfast,please ask for the recipe.
I have taken this straight from Anthony William’s Blog”
Here is Anthony Williams – Turmeric Ginger shots
4 inches turmeric
4 inches fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves
One at a time, run each ingredient through the juicer, keeping the juices separate. Combine 1 teaspoon turmeric juice, 1 teaspoon ginger juice, 1/4 teaspoon garlic juice, and 1/4 cup of orange juice in a small glass. Stir to combine and drink immediately.
Note: the amount of ingredients necessary will vary greatly based on the juicer that is used.
Makes 2 to 4 servings.
“Turmeric is the ultimate antidote. At the same time that it attends to inflammation, turmeric’s powerful agents and compounds increase blood supply to areas of the body that need enhanced circulation, which makes this an ideal spice for those who have chronic histamine reactions, or toxic blood due to a sluggish liver or poor circulation. Turmeric’s high level of manganese combined with its curcumin make it great for the cardiovascular system—it lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol, helps inhibit tumors and cysts, and can prevent virtually any type of cancer, especially skin cancers. Plus, the manganese activates curcumin’s ability to extract toxic heavy metals from your system”.
A word of caution:
Perhaps you do not know that Turmeric has such a strong colour, and will stain, a student of mine, excited to cook with it for the first time ,laid all the ingredients out on her bench and whilst frying the garlic and oil in ghee managed to upset the turmeric container , golden powder sprayed over her kitchen tiles. Moping madly at the spreading yellow stain , Diane managed to massage the turmeric powder into the grout of the tiles.
Do not panic, either lemon juice, freshly squeezed or crushed fresh tomatoes,seeds and all, will remove the stain.
If you are unsure about drinking it here is a tried and true recipe:
Aromatic Yellow Rice:
Long grain or basmati 15 fluid ounces of 4 2 5 mil
1 pint water( 570 ml)
salt to taste
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
3-4 whole cloves
1 inch (2.5 cm) stick of cinnamon
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or Ghee, diced small piece
Put the rice in a bowl and wash in several changes water.
Drain, pour 2 pints (1.125 Litres) fresh water over the rice and let it soak for half an hour. Drain the rice in a sieve.Combine the drained rice, one pint water,(570 mls) water, salt, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves in a heavy pot and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight- fitting lid, turning heat to very, very low, and cook for 25 minutes. Let the pot rest, covered and undisturbed for 10 minutes. And the diced butter to the rice and mix gently with a fork. Remove the whole spices before serving. Taken from Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian cookery.
“For those who have trouble acknowledging their own self-worth, turmeric is ideal. If you find that you downplay your contributions to projects or relationships, are constantly down on yourself, or have trouble accepting compliments, bring turmeric into your life to help you appreciate just what a valuable, shining human being you are, and all the positives you have to offer.”still from the Blog of Anthony Williams.
As Yoga teacher trainees we were full of self doubt, the concepts were mind blowing ,such as –we come from a beginning less beginning, unborn and undying.” and our elegant and graceful teacher, how could we impart such wisdom and effortless grace into our Yoga classes. And yet we somehow managed to add Yoga teaching to our lives. Must have been the turmeric.