Should I know about turmeric?

The short answer is, yes. Turmeric has become one of my favorite herbs in my herbal healing toolbox. My hope is that after you read what it can do, you will be able to use it when you or your loved ones need it to nourish and heal the body.

What do traditional herbalists say about turmeric?

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine internally in the form of juice, tea, tinctures, or powder, and topically as creams, lotions, pastes, and ointment. Traditionally it has been used for cold/flus and to help heal bruises and wounds. It also has been used as an anti-inflammatory, and for bronchial diseases. It is also a key ingredient in the food and drink of that area. As a side note, turmeric works best in the body when combined with bromelain or black pepper along with  fat — preferably ghee or coconut oil.

What does research say about turmeric?

There has been extensive research done on turmeric. It has been shown to to be effective against many diseases. Some of the most promising research has been done for inflammatory diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, lupus nephritis, and renal conditions (Gupta, Patchva, & Aggarwal, 2013). It has also been shown to protect against various liver conditions. Research has also found turmeric to have antioxidant, wound-healing, and antimicrobial activities (Aggarwal 2009).

What do I do with turmeric?

I like to make a sauce/dressing with turmeric in it and pour it over everything! I pour it over my eggs, my steamed veggies, I put it in my wraps…. I put turmeric, ginger, garlic in a blender with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar and a dash of barges amino acid.  I also like to make a Golden Milk with turmeric. I have included a recipe for it below. Part of the reason I like the Golden milk is because you get more turmeric per serving. Also, the herbs in this drink along with the coconut oil make the active components in the turmeric stronger and more easily absorbable. If I was to recommend one way to ingest turmeric it would be in this recipe below.

Here’s how to make Golden Paste and Golden milk:
Golden Paste:
1/4 cup organic turmeric powder
3 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon powder
3 tsp organic cardamom powder
2 tsp organic black pepper powder
1 1/2 tsp organic ginger powder
1 tsp organic nutmeg powder
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
Combine all of the powdered ingredients. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium/low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil. Keep refrigerated.
Golden Milk:
1 teaspoon Golden Paste
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup boiling water
Raw honey to taste
Combine the golden paste, boiling water, honey and coconut milk and stir well. Enjoy.


Gupta, S. C., Patchva, S., & Aggarwal, B. B. (2013). Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials. The AAPS Journal,15(1), 195–218. http://doi.org/10.1208/s12248-012-9432-8

Aggarwal BB, Sung B. Pharmacological basis for the role of curcumin in chronic diseases: an age-old spice with modern targets. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009;30(2):85–94. doi: 10.1016/j.tips.2008.11.002.


About Ali Grabel

Ali Grabel is an Experienced, Compassionate Presence Specializing in Transformation. ~ Advanced Rolf Practitioner ~ She studied for 6 + years on Kauai, Hawaii with Emmett Hutchinson, one of Ida Rolf’s first anointed teachers.

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