One of these days I have to write up a post about how amazing and nutritious traditional Burmese food is — until I have enough time to do so, I will satisfy myself with raving about some traditional Burmese medicine. In Myanmar they have several grades of turmeric, some are especially medicinal and used for various specific purposes. One of the things the Burmese use turmeric for is for purifying the blood especially after childbirth. Turmeric is often mixed with water into a paste and painted onto the face and body for about ten days after giving birth. It is also mixed with wild forest honey and made into capsules which are taken by the woman for at least two weeks after giving birth.
While we were in Myanmar, one of our friends went to great lengths to get high quality wild honey from Shan State as well as medicinal grade turmeric. He ground the turmeric himself and made turmeric-honey pills for his wife to take. It was really touching to see how much care he took with the whole process and the love that went into the turmeric pills he made for her.
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I count myself very lucky to have friends regularly send me top quality Burmese turmeric for my cooking and supplementing purposes. These capsules can also be used for any other problem that turmeric is good for — detoxing after a chemo or radiation treatment, detoxing in general, helping to heal gut issues and rebuilding optimal probiotics in your gut, for inflammation, cancer prevention, wound healing, stimulating bile production, cleansing chakras and negative energies and much more.
The procedure is very simple. Start with about 1 T pure raw honey from a local beekeeper and start adding turmeric powder to it until it is thick enough to roll into balls. Adding a pinch of freshly ground black pepper will greatly amplify the action of the turmeric. (Piperine increases absorption of curcumin by more than 100 percent.) To form the capsules, take pinches of the thick paste and roll them into little balls that are easy to swallow. Allow to sit out a couple days to dry out (cover with a light cloth to prevent dust etc settling on them). Take 2-3 per day.
Simply adding a pinch of turmeric to your oil as you heat it before cooking your food is a great antioxidant and also a good way to get a daily dose of turmeric. A little goes a long way — there really is no need to buy expensive turmeric supplements when you can easily make your own.
People who have gall stones, gastrointestinal ulcers, or obstructed bile ducts should avoid turmeric. Pregnant women should limit their intake as it can stimulate uterine contractions.
This post is part of the Wildcraft Wednesdays bloghop.