Since the benefits of turmeric have really spread like wild fire people have naturally been asking us how to take it and where to get it.
Turmeric, the wonderful bright orange root native to south India is available to you in two forms, fresh and dried.
Where To Get Turmeric
Fresh, whole root turmeric can be found with refrigerated produce. It looks similar to ginger (in fact it’s in the same family!) but has a bright orange color. If you don’t see it there make a request for it.
How To Take Turmeric
We asked 10 Ayurvedic practitioners for their guidance and suggestions on taking turmeric. They shared with us traditional and creative preparations with turmeric as well as precautions and tips.
Diet modification has to be done according to the body composition of the individual. For example, if one has an imbalance of Pitta dosha, they should never consume Turmeric, as they can experience bleeding disorders. Certain heart-related conditions are also worsened with the use of Turmeric, and can result in blood clotting / blood thickening. My principle is, just because a herb is natural, it does not mean you can consume it haphazardly. Anything used inappropriately, even that which is natural and organic, can have a serious effect on a person.
Turmeric is indeed a wonderful drug, but it is not recommended for just anyone, and that too, not long term. I cannot suggest medicinal preparations with the use of turmeric, until a complete Prakruti and Vikruti assessment is done. It varies from person to person.
Doctor Isha Ayurvedic Physician
+2 On overdoing it
Tumeric used as a food either fresh or dried on a semi regular basis will be fine for most people. Overdoing it will be a problem…and it’s usually those pittas who cause the problem!
We can get fresh tumeric root in more and more places out here. Just slice it up thin and add to any veggie dish.
Eden Tosch Ayurvedic Practitioner, Oakland, CA
+3 In Warm Milk
Add turmeric [powder] to a small amount of grated nutmeg and cinnamon. Gently warm some milk over a low heat (you can use coconut milk or almond milk as a substitute if you are lactose intolerant). Throw in a cardamom pod and some jaggery, then leave to steep for a few minutes. The resulting mixture makes a delicious night time beverage which will enable you to wind down after a busy day, and help you gently drift off to sleep.
Sarah Murphy, ND Cornwall, UK
+4 Night and Morning
My favorite bedtime treat is a cup of raw milk brought to a boil with 3/4 tsp of turmeric, some freshly grated nutmeg and a teaspoon of maple syrup. I also spice up my morning oatmeal with turmeric. I add about 1/4 tsp to 1/2 cup of oats along with 2 chopped dates, a handful of chopped almonds, dashes of cinnamon and cardamom, 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk and 1/2 cup water.
Lisa Boldin Ayurvedic Practitioner, Portsmouth, NH
+5 Tea & Tonic
I am in Costa Rica at a Yoga Ayurveda Resort where they grow their own turmeric and make tonics for their guests. They make it two ways. The tea is less pitta-genic and more bio-available.
Karyn Chabot Ayurvedic Practitioner, Middletown, RI
2. Juiced raw: fresh turmeric root, fresh ginger root, fresh lime juice.Add to a blender with fresh tamarind, raw honey and lime.
+6 In Moderation
Cook turmeric in your food. It is especially effective with fresh ginger, cumin and coriander. Large amounts of any individual herb, or taken alone, are not recommended in Ayurveda. A moderate amount in combination with other herbs is the most effective approach whether in a choorna or cooked in food.
Myra Lewin Ayurvedic Practitioner, Anahola, HI
+7 With Rice, Lentils & Pulses
Mostly we are using turmeric in our routine food preparation, in lunch and in dinner. We are mixing turmeric in khichari. We are using lentils and pulses more than 5 times in a week with turmeric. We are taking rice and yellow pigeon peas (tuvaram) daily in lunch and we mix turmeric in that. All the way Turmeric is the best antiseptic, anti-cancerous immunomodulator.
Also in all types of cooked vegetables we are adding turmeric.
Dr. Gaurang Joshi Ayurvedic Practitioner, Rajkot, Gujarat
+8 Turmeric Spread
Turmeric is my favorite super spice I use every day. Try honey & turmeric paste as a delicious topping on your toast. Combine 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric, 1/4 cup of raw honey, pinch of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil in a bowl. Stir until smooth and store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Makes about 8-10 servings.
Jitka Robinson Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Chicago, IL
+9 Sugar Replacement
I mix equal parts coconut sugar and turmeric powder. When I go to bake anything I follow the instructions for the amount of sugar requested using my premixed concoction. On the one hand I get less sugar and what I am making turns out less sweet and slightly red or orange in color. Since turmeric is a blood sugar balancer, it buffers the detrimental effects of the sugar.
Noah Volz Ayurvedic Practitioner, Talent, OR
+10 Creamy Turmeric Tea
This is one of my favorite herbal drinks on a cold day! It’s warming for Vata without aggravating my Pitta!!!
Christina Vargas Ayurvedic Practitioner, Dallas, TX
- 8 ounces (1 cup) almond or coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon or cardamom or BOTH!
- pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp of ghee
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey for taste
Gently warm the milk on the stove and whisk spices and ghee until warm with no lumps. Strain and add honey! Enjoy!
How do you take turmeric?
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