Did you know…. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the main ingredients in Indian ‘Curry’ powder? This is what gives the powder its golden color. It has been widely used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicines for thousands of years. It is considered a warm, bitter, yang tonic.
There has been an enormous amount of information made available lately regarding Turmeric. Even Dr. Oz featured it on one of his programs lately. It seems to promote circulation, helps inhibit blood cells from sticking together, regulates menstrual cycle, and possibly lessen or prevent PMS symptoms. It has been used for gallstones due to its ability to promote digestion of fats, stimulate bile production and assimilation. Studies show it is helpful in cases of diabetes, hepatitis and has a natural antibiotic effect.
The main studies that are being done, show that Turmeric is high in antioxidants and contains numerous amounts of biologically active derivatives called “curcuminoids”. One of the most promising is “curcumin” which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This virtue has helped in pain management situations. Both of these attributes have led some to seek this herb out for alternative cancer therapy. The anti-inflammatory properties have helped some individuals with calming allergic or inflammatory responses such as eczema and other skin ailments.
Astrologically it is governed by Saturn in Leo. Spiritually… this herb will fortify and create an inner stirring of strength when you feel the lack thereof. It will also clear aggressive or argumentative energy and create the space for a new & healthier viewpoint to grow.
Let us not forget that when open conflict seems the only choice, it represents, in some way, an inability to communicate that which we feel to be vital to our survival and well-being. We must look inward for the conflict that is manifested as an outward occurrence.
Curry powder is a great seasoning to be added to pork, chicken, vegetables, stir-fry, rice dishes and more! Since it is much easier to prevent a dis-ease than to treat one, maybe we could incorporate more of it in our diet. It just may be a calm yet assertive way to communicate what is vital to our survival or wellbeing.
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