Many people wish to use turmeric for its wide ranging therapeutic benefits of which modulating inflammation is the best known. The quickest and most convenient way is to use turmeric concentrated extract in capsule form. This is also the most expensive approach and only uses the curcuminoids that make up 5% of the rhizome.
Short of learning how to prepare traditional Indian cuisine, what else is available to the person who is aware of the potential benefits of using herbs but lacks the training to create more involved herbal pharmacy at home? The following recipe is affordable, quick and easy to prepare, uses the powder of the whole rhizome and is an effective way to add more of the healing orange powder to one’s diet.
All amounts are approximate – experience is your best teacher
One 8 oz container of hummus
2 oz olive oil – add a bit more if the herbal powders make the hummus too dry
1 rounded Tbsp Turmeric powder
1 rounded tsp ginger powder or add fresh ground black peppercorns to taste
Stir the olive oil into the hummus – mix well
Stir in the turmeric powder
Add either the ginger powder or fresh ground black pepper to taste
Use as a dip for veggie sticks or spread on crackers and bread
For more detailed information on the many health benefits of turmeric go here.