How to Use Raw Turmeric

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Turmeric is recommended by practitioners of natural medicine in India, Malaysia and Hawaii to stimulate circulation and cleanse the blood of toxins. Prevent anemia by consuming this iron-rich root, a relative of ginger. Promote the health of internal organs through its high potassium content, which helps the kidneys, heart and digestive system function normally. Aid the body in combating colds, flu and other infections with turmeric's significant amount of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Use it topically to curb outbreaks of acne and eczema, and to prevent infection of superficial cuts. Add color and nutrition to food, especially Indian recipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable juicer
  • Grater, such as a microplane grater used for ginger root

Internal Use

  • Peel the raw turmeric and extract the juice of a thumb-size piece of the root in a vegetable juicer, pushing it through as for carrots.

  • Drink the juice, mixed with honey and water if desired, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

  • Take regularly to ease stomach ailments such as hyperacidity and indigestion and to clear the blood of plaque buildup.

Topical Use

  • Peel and grate raw turmeric.

  • Combine 3 tbsp. turmeric with 3 cups water.

  • Boil until a thick paste forms, for at least 8 minutes.

  • Apply this paste every other day to areas affected by acne, eczema and rough skin, or to minor cuts.

  • Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse well with warm water.

Culinary Use

  • Peel and grate raw turmeric.

  • Add to salads, smoothies, rice and vegetable dishes.

  • Slice peeled root thinly and sprinkle with salt for a high-fiber snack with antioxidant properties.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use disposable bandages when applying turmeric to cuts, since it discolors gauze and other material.
  • Consult a health care provider before beginning self-treatment for jaundice, gallstones, liver disorders or in case of possible pregnancy.

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