Midway through last year someone in the health food industry asked me if I thought the turmeric trend was actually going to stick around, fast forward 6 months and….well there is no need to convince him anymore.
However, despite its new found stardom in the west, yogis on the east have been using it for its healing properties for a very long time. In the east it's considered the queen of spices and not without good reason, turmeric has been used as medicine, in ceremonies, linked to fertility, luck and used to symbolise inner purity and inner pride.
Turmeric is one of the best spices to complement your yoga practice because it effects you on so many levels.
Yoga effects the body, mind and spirit, and turmeric helps your practice on all three of these levels.
On a physical level, if you’ve worked out hard you’ve probably caused some type of inflammation and as turmeric is one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatories it’s great for muscle aches and general healing and soothing of the body after your practice.
Yoga is all about keeping the balance with your health and overall wellbeing, however, even the most well balanced people I know experience stress; indulge in some not so healthy foods; overindulge in something sweet; consume alcohol; ingest too much wheat or fall to a number of life's great temptations. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and great for digestion so it helps balance the body from any of those things which may wear it down.
Yoga emphasises purification of both the body and mind. Through asanas you can cleanse not only body toxins but also achieve that great feeling of 'zen'. Turmeric also plays a similar cleansing role inside our body and mind. Turmeric has been proven to help aid brain function and prevent damage to brain cells. A body free of toxins and inflammation remains healthy and most importantly fit for yoga.
On an energetic level yoga improves the flow of vital energies in the body and turmeric increases the flow of prana (vital energies) in our bodies which helps the purification of vital energies. So a little Turmeric may just help you get a little more yoga glow.
The super spice has been recognised and even used in worship by yogis and Ayurvedic healers since ancient times for its many healing properties.
The best thing is that it's super easy to incorporate into your everyday meals and drinks. Here are a few delicious options to get you started:
1/2- 1 tsp of Turmeric Elixir to your oats is the tastiest way to start your morning.
Turmeric and avo eggs on toast
1/2- 1 tsp of Turmeric Elixir to your scrambled eggs, adds a delicious touch of healing goodness to your breaky.
Add 1 tsp to a cup of milk, a touch of honey and warm it up for a lovely cup of our Golden Latte.
All you have to do is add 3 cups of water, and 1/2 a chopped tomato and simmer for 20mins to our packets of Dal and you have a nourishing turmeric infused meal for 4!