Turmeric is a common ingredient in Indian cooking and is also used in religious ceremonies and skin care. It has become popular as a supplement, both as a whole herb and in its extracted form as curcumin. It is the subterranean stem of the 2-3 foot, long leafed Turmeric plant that is used to make the bright yellow ground powder, turmeric’s most popular kitchen incarnation.
Curcumin, turmeric’s primary component, supports a healthy response to circulation and congestion in the body, and inhibits free radical cells. It can reduce stiffness and strengthen joints in cases of joint achiness. Turmeric has a cleansing effect on the intestines and a stimulant effect on the liver. In Ayurveda, it is considered to be a blood purifier, and is used to enhance the condition and appearance of the skin both through topical and internal applications.
Caution is recommended with this herb if one is taking anti-platelet or anti-coagulant medication, as turmeric can thin the blood and enhance blood flow.
As curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body, it is traditionally mixed with black pepper to enhance bioavailability. In food, it is best to include both Turmeric and black pepper in spice mixes to achieve maximum health benefits.
Energetics of Turmeric
Taste (Rasa): Astringent, bitter, pungent
Energy (Virya): Heating
Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent
Quality (Guna): Light, dry
Tissue (Dhatu): All the tissues
Channel (Srotas): Digestive, circulatory, respiratory, female reproductive
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Turmeric Plus is a proprietary blend of whole turmeric root and black pepper for enhanced bioavailability and absorption. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has become popular as a supplement, both as a whole herb and in its extracted form as curcumin. It is perhaps best known for supporting healthy liver function and for managing inflammation due to changes in diet and exercise appropriately. It also supports balanced mood, optimal cognitive function, healthy lymphatic drainage, normal gallbladder function and respiratory health, as well as overall vitality and well-being.*
Ojas Nightly Tonic: According to Ayurveda, chronic or excessive stress depletes a precious substance in the body called ojas (OH-jus). When ojas is depleted, either from lack of sleep, poor digestion, or excessive activity, the body may break down. To rebuild ojas, drink one cup of the Ojas Nightly Tonic per day.
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Boswellia Joints Plus: Boswellia serrata, also known as Indian Frankincense, has been used in Ayurveda to support healthy joint function for thousands of years. Traditionally, it was understood to support healthy blood flow to the joints while breaking up scar tissue surrounding the joints.
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