What could be better than purchasing an organic turmeric supplement or buying an occasional turmeric root, whole, from your local health food store? Growing it yourself, of course!
Curcumin is the most active constituent of turmeric (3-4%curcumin, depends on the species, growth stage and cultivation area of the spice) and it has been shown to have amazing healing properties. Turmeric also contains manganese, iron, Vitamin B6, copper, potassium, and other phytonutrients.
Turmeric (curcuma longa) has ben used as a healing agent for centuries, and over 10,000 different medical abstracts have been written about all the amazing things it does for the body, including:
- Preventing cancer cells from forming
- Boosting overall immunity
- Regulating stress
- Liver and kidney protective
- Reverse chronic inflammation (which leads to everything from depression to heart disease, Alzheimer’s diabetes, irritable bowel disease, and more)
- Alleviating arthritis and joint pain
- Reducing liver toxicity
- Lowering neurodegeneration
- Reducing oxidative stress and free radical damage
- Lessening insulin resistance in diabetics and evens out blood sugar levels
- Improving gut health
- Natural antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antiviral
- Neutralizing deadly infections
- Treats Malaria, Ebola, and Influenza A (common flu)
- Reducing common aches and pains
- Relieving menstrual cramps
- Supporting healthy gene expression
So, aside from relying on a supplement, when they all come with different formulations, potencies, and gradients of freshness, you can simply grow your own.
Grow Your Own Turmeric Root Indoors
- Purchase a large (preferably organically grown) turmeric rhizome from your local plant store or health food store.
- Break the large rhizome into several smaller rhizome pieces that have two or three buds on them.
- Fill some pots with rich organic soil, which is lightly moist but well drained. Place them where they will get plenty of daily sun.
- Place the rhizomes spaces several inches apart about two inches below the surface of the soil, with the buds facing up.
- Water the container every two to three days.
- Wait until the rhizomes are fully grown (about 10 months) to harvest.
Harvesting and Preparing Your Turmeric
Once your rhizomes are ready to be prepared for consumption, boil them for about 45 minutes.
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