This may seem like a random post but I wanted to share the amazing benefits that I have experienced with Turmeric. Living in the Caribbean, we tend to get various little tropical diseases. Yay, us! After the outbreak of chikungunya a few years ago, we are all still feeling the aftereffects. The main symptom that I continue to have is joint pain. Often, my hands and feet just ache. I am also struggling with jacked up neck and back issues, which have nothing to do with chikungunya. My neck and back are so bad now that I wake up throughout the night with numbness in my arms, hands, feet, and legs.
During a recent bout with my back, I began researching natural ways to relieve inflammation. Over and over, my research lead me to turmeric. I actually already had some ground turmeric that I bought while visiting the states, so I thought that I would try it. Guys…seriously, it worked miracles.
I mixed up a tea recipe that included turmeric, ginger, lemon, and honey. Within 20 minutes of drinking the tea, much of my pain had gone away. It truly felt like some of the inflammation was being relieved. I made a large mason jar of the tea so that I could continue to use it to reduce the inflammation.
Normally, when I throw my back out, I am down for almost a week and wake throughout the night in pain. I drank the tea twice a day for two days. While using turmeric (as opposed to ibuprofen), I was only down for about a day and half, and I slept well throughout the night. I am definitely sold on the benefits of using this natural remedy. I will continue to use it for the residual joint pain left from chikungunya as well.
Here are some of the benefits of turmeric:
Have you used turmeric? If so, what benefits have you experienced? Do you have any recipes to share?
Edit: I have gotten a few requests to share the tea recipe. I added coconut oil to mine to help with absorption: Turmeric tea for inflammation