Last year while I was volunteering at my daughter's school Food for Thought program, one of the ladies got a very deep cut while chopping vegetables. I don't know about you, but that happens to me at least once per month. Fortunately, there was a woman from India who also happened to be in the kitchen. She immediately grabbed the turmeric and poured it on the other woman's finger. While moments before there had been blood gushing from the wound, the blood flow immediately stopped. I was truly amazed.
I have known about the healing properties of turmeric as a powerful way to decrease inflammation in the body and frequently recommend to those with sinus problems and head colds, but had no idea it was an anti-coagulant and also had antiseptic properties.
Turmeric is a spice used in Indian food cooking and is one of the spices that is used to make curry. Along with ginger, cayenne and cumin, they are considered the top spices used to decrease inflammation in the body.
This past fall my daughter had a horrible dog bite while visiting a farm with a friend of hers. The mother of my daughter's friend called me immediately and asked what she wanted me to do with her. I asked her to please just wash the wound out with water (after it bled out) and then cover it with turmeric. For the next 24 hours I made a paste of water and turmeric and that is how I treated her wound. It healed much faster than I had seen a wound of that nature heal.
Another huge benefit of using is turmeric is as an anti-inflammatory agent. When I am feeling inflamed either by sore muscles, sinus problems or a thick cough, I have a favorite recipe that I make. I take yukon or sweet potatoes (cut into cubes) and mix with garlic, sea salt, turmeric and olive oil. Bake this mixture in the oven at 365 degrees for about 45 minutes. At the end I throw in chopped spinach. Voila! You have a healing dish with little work.
Turmeric has many other healing properties such as the ability to help heal the gut, stomach ulcers, indigestion and much more. There are lots of healing spices (with no side effects) just waiting for you in the kitchen. (This is not intended to be medical advice so please don't forget to consult your doctor or healing practitioner.)