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Spotlight on Spice: Turmeric

Turmeric is grown for its root which has many beneficial properties,  it is a popular cooking spice, you probably know it for colouring and flavouring curries and such like, but this potent spice has many medicinal uses too.

turmeric

The potent ingredient is curcumin, which gives turmeric its intense golden colour.  Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that is effective at fighting free radicals in the body to protect skin, eyes and hair and to reduce the damage they are able to cause to DNA and cells.  It has anti-bacterial and cholesterol lowering properties which support your cardiovascular system and its anti-inflammatory properties are also said to be very effective in relieving  the pain and stiffness of arthritis.  Turmeric is known as an adaptogen, helping to support the body against stress.

This is just a brief overview to the amazing health benefits that Turmeric has to offer, take a look here for a more comprehensive view.  

Turmeric can be utilised in a number of recipes, this is a very simple one I’ve recently tried as a bedtime drink, I take it unsweetened, but you can add a touch of honey or maple syrup to sweeten to taste.  Use the milk of your choice, I like coconut milk, almond or plain semi-skimmed milk.  I’ve started with ½ tsp of Turmeric but more can be used.  The addition of Coconut oil apparently facilitates the absorption of the curcumin into your system.

Golden Turmeric Milk

Serves 1

Ingredients

½ tsp ground Turmeric 
180ml milk of your choice
½ tsp coconut oil
¼ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Method

Heat the milk until steaming, do not allow to boil, add the ground Turmeric and coconut oil and “cook” for a few minutes.  Add the cinnamon if using.

turmeric milk

 Turmeric, another medicinal wonder spice!

Spotlight on Spice: Cayenne Pepper

Made from dried ground cayenne chillies, cayenne pepper is one of the most readily available, easy-to-use sources of capsaicin, a healing substance that gives all peppers their fiery heat.  Cayenne Pepper has so many incredible health benefits, this wonderfully fiery chilli pepper is part of the capsicum and nightshade family.  It is rich source of vitamin A and C, vitamins B1, B3, B5 & B6 plus calcium, iron and manganese.

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It is a powerful circulation booster and where cardiovascular health is concerned, cayenne pepper claims to stop heart attacks, nourish the heart with vital nutrients, remove plaque from the arteries, improve circulation, rebuild blood cells, lower cholesterol, emulsify triglycerides, remove toxins from the bloodstream and improve overall heart health.  

It can also help with digestive ailments, being a gastric stimulant and digestive aid.  Cayenne can help to remove fungal infections or parasites from the digestive system.  It can lower high blood pressure,  speed up metabolism and is antibacterial and anti-fungal.  Its anti-inflammatory action is said to reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis.  It really is a medicinal wonder spice.

Cayenne also causes us to sweat, an important process of detoxification and if you are feeling the cold it can impart a wonderful warming feeling to your extremities.  

Cayenne Pepper can be added to soups, risotto, scrambled egg, etc or taken in hot water, tincture or capsule form.  

I came across this the other day, will attempt to grow my own small crop this year, at 75p, it’s worth a go to have fresh, home-grown chillies!

cayenne seeds

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