Doctors have been prescribing antibiotics even for things they simply won’t help like the common cold. These prescriptions have been routinely handed out like candy despite the fact that illness, including common infections, can be successfully treated with a healthy immune system and a few natural helpers such as honey and turmeric.
Regarded as a panacea in Ayurveda, turmeric is widely used in food, medicine and skin care.
Turmeric contains up to 5% essential oils and up to 5% curcumin, a polyphenol considered the most active constituient of turmeric, although I think it works best when mixed with its other natural antioxidants including curcuminoids, flavanoids and carotinoids. Volatile oils include tumerone, atlantone, and zingiberone which is also found in the related plant, ginger. Other constituents include Vitamins C and E, sugars, proteins, and resins. It is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammation, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, hematuria, hemorrhage, and colic. Turmeric can also be applied topically in poultices to relieve pain and inflammation but will color the skin for a few days after removal.
Turmeric infused honey
- ¼ cup raw honey – I love using raw local honey, as it helps with seasonal allergies, as well as supporting local bee keepers.
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric – you can also use fresh turmeric (looks like ginger). Just peel and finely grate it. You will need 3x the amount of fresh turmeric as dried, so add this to taste.
- Using a dry measuring cup, measure out ¼ cup of honey.
- Using a spatula, scrape out the honey into a small glass jar or container that has a lid.
- Add 1 teaspoon ground turmeric to the honey. Like I said above, you can also use fresh turmeric. Just peel and finely grate it. You will need 3x the amount of fresh turmeric as dried, so add this to taste.
- Mix well, cover, and store at room temperature.
- Just give the honey mixture a quick stir before using each time.