This wonderful root is an amazing healer. It tends to grow abundantly in our garden, just like ginger. How do we get enough turmeric in our diet? It is strong tasting, so you cannot add too much in your food. Dehydrating is the solution for us!
We chop the fresh turmeric and place them on sheets in the dehydrator. We dehydrate at around 105 degrees F (around 40 degrees C) to ensure all the enzymes and goodness still stay intact. Once they are dehydrated, we store them in jars until we need to powder them. We powder the turmeric in our Vitamix blender using short bursts so it does not heat up the powder. We store the powder and use it for cooking or make our own (vegecaps) turmeric capsules. We use a “Cap m Quick” capsule filler and Hulda Herbs’ vege caps size 0. You can fill 50 capsules at the time. It is a bit time consuming and labour intensive, but then you can take 2 (or more) turmeric capsules with every meal, to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful spice.
“Turmeric, with its antibacterial action, prevents bacterial infections on wounds. Turmeric also has a long history of use for its anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic effects. As in India, it is used in China, Japan, and Korea for a range of indications including, Amenorrhea. Turmeric has been investigated for its cholagogous influence on the secretion of bile, pancreatic, and gastric juices. It is currently being evaluated for its anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties.” Read more: Medicinal use of Turmeric, Medindia: http://www.medindia.net/alternativemedicine/turmeric.asp#ixzz1zcOTNL5l
Or just Google “healing qualities of turmeric” to find out more on this amazing spice.
And of course, besides all the healing properties and ways you can add more to your diet by having capsules, it is also one of the ingredients in yummy Indian curry….
©2012 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast – Permaculture and self reliance: Uses for tumeric