Also known as Indian saffron, or the "Spice of Life", turmeric is the rhizome of an herbaceous perennial plant native to India, and in the same family as ginger. Turmeric is considered a powerful antioxidant due to its curcumin content and its long list of health attributes including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, neuroprotective, immune balancing, and detoxifying properties. In Ayurvedic medicine it is also used topically to treat skin problems and infection and to relieve joint pain. Turmeric, c/s (cut and sifted) is an amazing base for teas, chai, and golden milks. It blends beautifully and can be simmered and steeped with ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, vanilla and many other ingredients. Use when making soup stock or medicinal broths to increase nutritional value. It adds a fragrant, pungent flavor, and many health benefits.
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