Turmeric has been in the superfood spotlight for years. Ayurvedic practitioners have used this rhizome for centuries to reduce inflammation, support digestion and release toxins. But in recent years, turmeric has been presented as having superpowers that can fix nearly any ailment on its own. Turmeric’s health benefits are wonderful, but eating it every day in great quantities will not solve all your health problems. In fact, many people are surprised to learn that too much can have the opposite effect.
How much turmeric to take for healing
An allopathic approach to using turmeric, meaning using it to bring healing from the outside in, is not the path of true health. The holistic Ayurvedic approach understands that illness has a root cause that affects all levels of being: mental, physical, and emotional. True healing comes from inside. Herbs and food support this journey, but they are not responsible alone.
Turmeric’s healing properties shine most when it is cooked into food (it’s also a powerful ingredient in a custom Ayurvedic choorna). This month’s recipe for turmeric rice calls for just a little bit of this powerful healing plant. Just ¼ teaspoon for four people is enough to make the rice a lovely yellow color and bring out turmeric’s bitter, pungent and astringent rasa, or taste.
As you make this recipe your own, don’t give in to temptation to overdo this gift from nature. The amount we’ve included is enough to bring healing. Trust that, and you will soon see how powerful turmeric’s healing properties are.
Simple Ayurvedic Recipe: Turmeric rice
1 cup rice
2 cups water
2 tsp. ghee
1/8 tsp. mineral salt
1/4 tsp. powdered turmeric
If you are using a rice cooker, place all ingredients inside and press start. If you are using a pot, warm the ghee, add the salt and turmeric and simmer for about a minute, until the aroma comes up. Add the rice and water and bring to boil. Cover, turn down the heat to very low and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to rest for five minutes before removing the lid. Stir well before serving.