When the Golden Spice is Sweet as Honey

Almost by accident, this past weekend, we happened upon an unfamiliar cold and cough remedy: turmeric with honey. 

Acquiring the latter ingredient proved, however, to be a bit of a challenge!   We Sisters had just received a jar of honey for a gift, so that was readily available.  Nonetheless, after investigation, there was no turmeric in stock here.  It seems our cooks do not frequently add this Asian spicy to their cuisine. 

It just so happened, though, that one of our residents was out visiting her family, and she offered to bring some back with her.

Thus it was that late Sunday evening, I was able to mix up this little potion to give to a suffering comrade. 

I have heard about turmeric’s health benefits for a few years now, but never had investigated it much until recently.  I know it has been called the golden spice, in reference to both its deep color and its immense health value.

Did you know that turmeric may benefit a person in the following ways?

  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Improving memory
  • diminishing pain
  • contributing antioxidants
  • Fighting free radicals
  • Lowering risk of heart disease
  • fighting depression
  • preventing cancer
  • improving skin health

It can also provide help against:

  • viral infections
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Improves brain function
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol

Caution should be used by those on blood thinners or undergoing certain chemotherapy due to possible interactions.

Written by Sr. Christina M. Neumann

Resources:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/diet/scientific-health-benefits-turmeric-curcumin/

https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-turmeric

https://www.providence.org/news/uf/645999295

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/turmeric-health-benefits/

2 Replies to “When the Golden Spice is Sweet as Honey”

    1. 1 part turmeric to 2 parts honey, mix well into a paste, take 1/2 tsp. 3-4 times a day to relieve cough and fight cold.

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