For a long time I had no idea what turmeric was. The few times I tried to handle it at home (raw and in powder form),all I ended up with was stains and nothing delicious. And then a dear friend introduced me to the proper way to cook with turmeric powder a few years ago and I’ve been just shy of obsessed with it since (the staining possibilities are real). I’m always looks for new turmeric powder uses in the kitchen, but there are also a few fun DIY ideas as well…
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant related to ginger that has historically been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat rheumatism, pain, breathing issues, and fatigue. Today, you can find turmeric in the lattes at your corner coffee shop.
Turmeric’s beautiful golden color comes from its primary active ingredients: curcuminoids. Curcuminoids are used to color foods and beauty products. The plant’s rhizomes (underground stems) can be dried and ground into powder to be used in capsules, tablets, teas… and yes, turmeric lattes.
Why is turmeric good for you?
Turmeric has been shown to help people fight inflammation and boost their bodies’ immune system and can be easily added to salad dressings, juice, tea, or milk (add turmeric to your favorite warm milk to make “golden milk”).
Turmeric is used primarily as a dietary supplement to address inflammation, as well as other health concerns ranging from digestive issues to joint pain to cancer. Its effectiveness has been widely researched and has yielded varying results.
Turmeric Powder Uses
In addition to jarred and loose turmeric powder, you’ll find turmeric capsules at most health and grocery stores. Premade turmeric milk and lattes are also available in many stores. And if you end up with some leftover fresh turmeric, go wild and use it as a fabric dye? Turmeric’s beautiful color has long been used as a natural dye. Here’s a tutorial for a DIY turmeric dyed tablecloth to get you started.
If you’d like to keep things simple, while still benefiting from turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power, consider adding ground turmeric (found in the spice aisle) to some of your favorite foods—whether that’s your morning scramble or roasted vegetables and rice for dinner. It’s also a great addition to lentil and vegetable soups (and adds a beautiful golden tint to boot).
To increase the bioavailability of its curcuminoids, pair your turmeric with black pepper. The pepperline in black pepper has been shown to maximize the body’s ability to absorb and benefit consuming turmeric. You can learn more about this powerful combination here.
You can also make it into a tasty cocktail with that turmeric orange spritzer from a few weeks ago – one of my all time favorite turmeric powder uses!