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 Turmeric, The Golden Healer 
 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled There's a Yogi in the Kitchen! by . View all columns in series
What is Yogic Cooking?          Ingredient Information

Turmeric Paste          Golden Milk           Golden Yogurt



Turmeric has been recognized by yogis and ayurvedic healers since ancient times for its many healing properties. Grown mainly in India, the turmeric root is a close cousin to ginger root. It is dried and ground into a fine powder, brilliant gold in color, and used in many Indian recipes (this is what makes curry yellow). Commercially, turmeric is used for its color and as a thickener (yellow prepared mustard, canned soups, many processed foods contain turmeric!). Little do those food manufacturers know of this amazing root’s qualities!

Sometimes referred to as the "poor man’s saffron" because of the golden color it imparts, the similarity ends there. Taken internally, turmeric is a friendly healer to the liver and stomach, promoting healthy mucus membranes and skin. Yogis know that it also helps with stiff or creaky joints and arthritis. It is also used as a digestive aid. There is also some evidence that it is even helpful in lowering cholesterol. Turmeric also has a drawing quality, to draw out toxins, dry up secretions, and to heal.

Now, how to get that rather bitter tasting powder into your body?

First of all, cook it. You can either boil it in water for 8-10 minutes to make Turmeric Paste or Golden Milk or sizzle in a little ghee or olive oil for 20-30 seconds. This takes out the bitter taste and also releases the essences of the turmeric into the oil or water. It must be cooked!

You can also get turmeric in capsules at the natural foods store. Usually the capsules contain a greater concentration of curcumin, its active ingredient.

Here are a few yogic remedies:

Sore Throat (especially with mucus/phlegm stuck in throat): Take about ½ teaspoon of thick turmeric paste and form into a ball. Pop it into the back of your throat and swallow with a glass of water. You can do this a few times a day or as often as every hour if desired.

Creaky or Stiff Joints: Take at least 1 cup of Golden Milk every day for 40 days.

Stomach & Digestive Problems: Golden Yogurt, a total of at least 1 cup a day. This is also good for intestinal candidiasis; the yogurt brings in the good bacteria for healthy intestinal flora and, since turmeric is a natural anti-fungal, it helps to counter the yeast overgrowth.

About 15 years ago, during a very stressful time, I developed gastritis. Yogi Bhajan suggested I take a daily concoction of yogurt, banana and 1 Tbsp. of turmeric paste. I found this really quite helpful.

And, you can add turmeric to so many foods. Keep a jar of turmeric paste in the fridge (it keeps for a couple of weeks), and add a spoonful to your breakfast cereal, smoothies, and even spread on toast with a little honey. Also, it’s easy to add a spoonful to cooking foods, such as rice, tofu, and vegetable dishes.

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Munesse wrote
   11/10/2012 2:46:00 PM    (report abuse)
Sat Sri Akal -Ji , dear Siri-Ved Kaur! praises first, then questions : ) I am so happy to find your article here as I was specifically looking for the answer to the question: boiling the powdered tumeric is necessary or not. Your article was so informative and contained very precise instructions which I very much appreciate. I have been using tumeric externally and ingesting for some time due to skin infection and rash, but was not boiling it (merely adding boiled hot water. so, many many thanks for making that clear. For all the reasons you mentioned in the article, Haldi Devi (can I say it?) is from now my best friend - the panacea for all that is ailing me! Question: you mentioned the use of tumeric root. I have a limited access to this where I live. In addition I have no idea of the source country , whether grown in the US or outside and thus, also. do not have any idea how long the root has been on the shelf.(There is not an Indian grocery in my area). Please advice me further on the use of the juice from fresh haldi root. Even if the source cannot be guaranteed for freshness I will still use it
 
Munesse wrote
   11/10/2012 2:35:00 PM    (report abuse)
another question re Golden Milk. as I do not typically use dairy products, would substituting almond milk for cow milk be as effective? thanks again
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Siri-Ved Kaur Khalsa Siri Ved studied vegetarian yogic cooking with her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, beginning in 1971. During the years she served as his personal cook, his wife Bibi Inderjit Kaur also......moreSiri-Ved Kaur Khalsa
 
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