The Queen Of Elements

Hello I'm L, But you can call me the Queen Of Natural Elements lol or just L for short. The information I' m about to give you is one of nature most useful pieces of knowledge you will proablely get from me EVER.
  It has been around for centuries, about 4000 years to be exact, in the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance to the natives there, it reached China by 700 ad, East Africa by 800 ad, West Africa by 1200 ad, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century. It has been used as medicine to treat a wide variety of health problems, going from pain control of most types, Inflammation ( which is a leading cause of pain) and believe it or not to fighting cancer.
Now when I say MOST types that's exactly what I mean...My mom uses it as a supplemental treatment for her Degeneritive Joint Disease, one of my best friends that suffers from Chrones disease and needs to keep down imflammation and pain uses it daily and so do I to naturally fight and control inflammation in the brain and spinal cords from Multiple Sclerosis a disease of the central nervous system where inflammation is one of the leading causes of progression in the disease. 
Yass honey, it is Turmeric. Surprised? So was I but it's been one of the best things I have ever found for inflammation and pain of all types. What's the amazingly magical substance in this nature prescribed medication and natural spice well it's called Curcumin, which gives turmeric its golden color and its many health benefits, and most importantly it has been well-studied over the past decades and has been scientifically proven to work if used in the correct dosage . It works as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
But that’s not all… turmeric is jam packed with healthy nutrients such as fibers, calcium, vitamins and minerals. It is non-toxic, even in high doses, and doesn’t usually cause any side-effects. However some people may experience an upset stomach, nausea or dizziness. If this is the case, turmeric must be used in moderation to reap its benefits. 


The list goes on and on... 
1. Brighten that beautiful smile
Make your own homemade tooth paste and you can also sprinkle some on your commercial or other homemade tooth paste and brush as usual.
2. Customize foundation
Did you know that in fact, women in India often use turmeric in face creams and body scrubs to boost the glow factor; sprinkle in a bit at a time until you have the proper tone. 
3. Spice up your soap
If you make your own handmade soap like me, adding several teaspoons of turmeric to it will not only dial up its color, but will boost its skin-friendly benefits as well.
4. Naturally fight dandruff 
Make a mix of turmeric and the oil of your choice (jojoba or coconut oil would be nice), massage into your scalp and leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo and style as usual.
5. Embellish temporary tattoos
Use turmeric to create golden Mehndi, the temporary tattoos made with henna. 
6. Diminish sprain strain
A traditional homeopathic sprain treatment involves making a paste using one part salt and two parts turmeric and enough water to make it spreadable. Apply to the affected joint and wrap in an old cloth that you don’t mind staining. Leave on for 20 minutes to an hour, once a day. (Don’t do this on body parts that can be seen; you don’t want a temporary yellow tinge!) Also of note: the University of Maryland Medical Center suggesting turmeric to help reduce sprain swelling and makes the effect of bromelain (an anti-inflammatory derived from pineapple enzymes) stronger. Take 250 to 500 milligrams (mg) each of turmeric and bromelain, three times a day between meals.
7. Do have Swimmer’s Ear
Using warmed garlic oil to help push the water out of ears affected by swimming; adding turmeric to the mix is said to help as well.
8. Soothe a sick stomach
Turmeric has been long used to tame upset tummies that aren’t behaving properly. A 2013 research study showed that taking 500 mg of turmeric a few times a day can treat an upset stomach.
9. Ease achy arthritis
For osteoarthritis, use a specific turmeric extract like Meriva or Indena to help relieve joint pain.
10. Take care of you livet
 The curcumin in turmeric may delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirrhosis.
11. Inhibit skin cancer
Turmeric seems to hold much promise for skin treatments, as well as possibly inhibiting certain forms of cancer. Among other studies, researchers at the University of Texas note that curcumin inhibits the growth of melanoma and may also impede the spread of breast cancer to the lungs. 
12. Fight other forms of cancer
Researchers have reported that curcumin can kill cancer cells in laboratory dishes and also slows the growth of the surviving cells. Human studies of curcumin in cancer prevention and treatment are in the early stages.
13. Minimize Alzheimer’s symptoms
A clinical trial using curcumin extract published in the Journal of Neurochemistry found a 30 percent decrease in the size of Alzheimer's-associated brain plaque in treated mice — in only one week.
14. Make longevity tea
People in Okinawa, the Japanese island nation with the world's longest average life span, drink turmeric tea daily. To make your own, boil four cups of water, add one teaspoon of ground turmeric, allow to simmer for 10 minutes, strain, and add ginger and/or honey and lemon to taste.
15. Use as dye for spicy tie-dyed tees
Yes, turmeric stains fabric … which means that it's an awesome fabric dye. Add three tablespoons of turmeric to a pot of boiling water, let it simmer for a while, and your dye bath is ready.
16. Make marigold-colored play dough
Homemade play dough is as much fun to make as it is to play with once it’s made. And coloring it is especially fun. Pinterest recipes give instructions on how to make it from scratch, and also how to turn it into a rainbow of colors using, among other natural ingredients, turmeric. (Bonus tip: You can scent homemade play dough with vanilla or peppermint extract.)
17. Naturally dye Easter eggs
There’s something magical about mashing up natural dyestuffs in bowls and watching hard-boiled eggs transform into the jewel-like colors found in nature rather than in the lab. Beet juice, onion skin, blueberries, and of course, turmeric all do a bang-up job of the task. 
18. Make meat safer
Kansas State University researchers discovered that adding turmeric to meat can reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) by up to 40 percent. HCAs form on chicken and meat when cooked over high heat, like in grilling. Consumption of HCAs is linked to increase cancer rates
19. Enliven bland food
While Frito-Lay may rely on Yellow 6 and Red 40 to enhance its preternaturally vivid snacks like Cheetos and Nacho Cheese Doritos, you can skip the nasty artificial colors and add a dash of turmeric to brighten up otherwise insipid-looking food. Whimsical cooks and moms alike can benefit from adding it to eggs, mashed potatoes, soups, cauliflower, or anywhere else a bit of vibrancy is desired.
20. Blend your own curry powder
If there’s one thing turmeric is famous for, it’s the starring role in Indian curry. (There comes a point in every young Western cook’s life when they realize that curry isn’t one single spice, but a blend of many.) Making your own curry blend is simple and tastes remarkably bright and fresh; and you can customize it to reflect your personal taste.
21. Make delicious dishes
No “uses for turmeric” article would be complete without reminding the reader of all the wonderful food that can be made with turmeric, even if it may not be the most surprising use on the list.
22. And last but not least, bake a cake!
Turmeric cake? Indeed. This Lebanese dessert is not too sweet and has an odd little earthy kick to it compliments of the turmeric. 
Note: Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form, but use with caution and consult with your doctor first. It’s strong stuff. It is unsafe during pregnancy or when breast-feeding, can make gallbladder problems worse, and it can also slow blood clotting... So use caution and make show to talk with your doctor 1st and foremost...
Have a wonderful day!! 

1 comment

Annette Johnson

this is very informative. L. I learned so much. I thought I knew all about Turmeric. I’m so glad there is more. Thanks for the blog

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