Finally! I have been searching high and low for this little sucker for years now – FRESH TURMERIC . Why have I been so keen to get my hands on this sunset orange coloured gem of a root? Because it’s so RIDICULOUSLY GOOD FOR YOU. If you want glowing skin, turmerics the root for you. As you know, my skin is the thing I have to really take care of and keep an eye on; all it takes is a tiny bit of neglect and all hell breaks loose on my face. But on the plus side of this sensitivity is the fact that my skin clearly lets me know when something is good for it, and for the rest of my body. In the short time I have been drinking this fresh turmeric tea, my skin has already taken on a much healthier glow, and my eyes have turned whiter, too. I am definitely a fan.
I have been reading for a long time now about the fantastic health benefits of turmeric. Not only is it a great healer for acne, it smooths out wrinkles and is wonderful for soothing chapped lips. Even bigger and better than this though, is its cancer fighting properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been found to block cancer promoting enzymes, and help prevent the spread of malignant cells. Natalie Kling, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist says “Adding this powerful plant to your diet is one of the best things you can do for long term health.” It’s anti-inflamatory properties are extremely potent, which is always good news for suffers of rheumatoid arthritis. In the book ‘Eating For Beauty’ by David Wolfe, there is a section dedicated solely to turmeric due to the powerful health and beautifying properties it contains. You can of course take turmeric in it’s powdered form, but personally I feel you’re going to get the most benefits by eating the root when it’s fresh. I peel mine, grate it and have it as tea with a little sprinkling of cinnamon on top. It tastes like a less fiery, more earthy kind of ginger, and it’s actually very pleasant. It turns the water instantly bright orange, almost as orange as the luminous Fanta you get in Morocco. I’m really excited that I can now include drinking this as part of my daily routine; it’s small additions like this that can make a huge difference to the state of your overall health and well being.
Now, I’m going to chip off as it’s the first time the sun has been shining in Brighton for weeks, and I am gonna soak as much of itup as I can!
So get hold of some fresh turmeric and try it for yourself; add it to curries (obviously), salads, juices, smoothies and teas. But be warned! After handling it, your fingers’ll look you smoke 60 Bensons a day, so make sure you give your hands a really good scrub, and watch out for your work surfaces too. Enjoy!