The Healing Power of Turmeric

The Healing Power of Turmeric
The Healing Power of Turmeric

The reality of the season is that illness surrounds us, and kids are the vectors of disease. Keeping mom, dad and the whole family well is a high priority! Turmeric is a staple in every Indian kitchen, where it is called haldi. Not only does it provide the rich yellow color in curries and other dishes, but it is also used as a home remedy for colds, coughs, and flu.

In sickness…

At the first sign of illness, my mother-in-law taught me to put ½ tsp of turmeric powder in milk, heat it up and drink it. Because turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties, it reliably acts to shorten or short-circuit an illness. When one person in the house starts to get ill, I give it to everyone. Use as often as needed.

Don’t do dairy? No problem! The remedy works great in rice milk (pictured), or whatever you are using as a milk substitute. For younger children, I put it in a shot glass so it can go down quickly.

And in health…

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and it can be part of your daily health routine as well. It even has anti-cancer activity! I like to spread a gluten-free bagel with cream cheese and sprinkle it with turmeric and a dash of ground black pepper (Photo, right). Black pepper enhances the beneficial action of turmeric, so the combination is fabulous and believe it or not…tastes great!

Don’t do dairy? No problem! You can smear your toasted bagel with anything you like: Earth Balance buttery spread, olive oil, or guacamole. Just sprinkle it with turmeric and enjoy! Even my pickiest kids gobble this up and don’t notice the yellow color when the bagel is toasted golden (Photo, left).

If all else fails and you can’t introduce kids to either of these remedies, try to add turmeric to rice or other vegetable dishes that you make for your family. For healthy rice, I use bone broth instead of water, and add a dash of turmeric along with Celtic Sea Salt. You can also purchase curcumin in supplement form, as Enhansa.

Enjoy turmeric in good health, from my kitchen to yours!