10 ways to use Turmeric

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If you’ve ever made a curry, you’ll know that turmeric is a stubborn yellow powder that stains your fingers and clothes… enough to make your friends question if you’ve been at the St Tropez again. Or suffering a mild case of jaundice.

But curry isn’t all it’s good for. Beyond the spice cupboard this humble root has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant thanks to its high curcumin levels. It’s even being hailed as a natural defence against cancer and Alzheimer’s.

If you haven’t noticed… turmeric is proving quite the superfood de jour in the wellness world. A much worshiped “golden goddess” that’s found its way into countless cookbooks, lattes and er, unicorn toast…

With chronic inflammation at the heart of most Western diseases, turmeric might just be the wonder cure we’ve all been waiting for. But does a golden latte a day really keep inflammation at bay. Or are we falling victim to a health fad? It doesn’t hurt to give it a try…

Whether you choose to eat it, drink it, spray it, slap it on your face as a beauty remedy, take it as a supplement washed down with some good fats and peppercorns (to aid absorption apparently), or make golden popsicles with it. The opportunities are endless. Like with all things, just don’t overdo it.

Here’s 10 ways you can work this wonder ingredient into your life…

Photo: Nature’s Harvest

If you like a quick shot…
Try Zingers Turmeric Juice Zinger. A pocket shot of organic apple, turmeric, chilli and pepper. Available in Waitrose.

If you like a latte…
Oh go on then, if we must! Natures Harvest do a great Turmeric Latte Mix. A blend of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, chilli, vanilla and black pepper. Purchase on Amazon.

It you like an oaty snack…
Try Rude Health’s Ginger & Turmeric oat cakes. A highland classic with an exotic twist. Purchase here.

Photo: Health.com

If you like an ice lolly…
Make some golden popsicles at home with this freezer pop maker. One for your next garden party perhaps! Purchase on Amazon.

If you like a powder…
KIKI Health’s Turmeric Powder is 100% pure turmeric. Add a teaspoon to juices, smoothies or food to get all the vital nutrients the curcuma root and rhizomes have to offer. Purchase here.

If you like milk…
Try a PLENISH turmeric and almond drink. A warming milk blended with almonds, turmeric, ginger, pepper, coconut nectar and filtered water. Purchase here.

Photo: SkinOwl

If you like a cleanse…
Try this vegan supercharged soap from SkinOwl. A multi-tasking cleanser-meets-mask made with turmeric, pure essential oils and plant extracts. Purchase here.

If you like an oral spray…
Try a Turmeric Daily Oral Spray from BetterYou. The world’s first turmeric supplement in oral spray form. Each daily dose (4 sprays) contains 1,300mg of turmeric root with a natural orange flavour. Purchase here.

Photo: Pukka

If you like a supplement…
Pukka is renowned for its teas, but they also offer a range of turmeric organic herbal supplements. Formulated by herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner Sebastian Pole to support brain health. Purchase here.

If you like a yoghurt…
Try a Waitrose Pineapple, Butternut Squash & Turmeric yoghurt. A veg packed concoction that contains less sugar than your average fruit corner. (They do an avocado and matcha one too – just saying!). Available in Waitrose.

By Hettie

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