The Story of Turmeric

Kirsten Shanks is a respected Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist & founder of our much loved Sydney wellness establishments—Orchard St. Kirsten shares with us the story of turmeric and how to make a deliciously spiced latte!

The medicinal prowess of turmeric may be relatively new to us, where it has catapulted to a stellar presence in the wellness world in recent years—but in the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda it has been a treasured root for millennia, used not only for culinary purposes but as a key element of the healing art.

Found woven today into all kind of wonderfully delightful creations; from sweetly spiced, soul soothing Turmeric lattes, to fiery Balinese Jamu shots to creamy turmeric spiked smoothies, this golden root holds promise to extraordinary benefits.

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At the centre of this intrigue lies a key compound with benefits backed by mounting research, curcumin. Regular consumption of high quality turmeric has been found to offer positively life enhancing benefits; anti-aging, anti inflammatory and detoxifying throughout body and mind.

Unite these longevity boosting benefits with a potent anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial capacity, you can begin to see how the use of turmeric on our precious body’s largest organ, the skin, is an alluring beauty practice. Century old Ayurvedic wedding ceremonies recognised the beautifying prowess of turmeric, applying a paste to the bride-to-be over her entire body to brighten and cleanse her skin for a flawless radiance on her wedding day.

Honour yourself as the divine goddess you are with a self-care ritual to cleanse, enhance and beautify. Lovingly applying a turmeric mask regularly to your face brings a radiant lustre and incorporating this golden root into your daily diet ensures this glow emanates from the inside out. One of simplest yet perhaps most delightful ways to weave in this wonder spice, is in a sweetly spiced Turmeric latté.

TURMERIC LATTE

Ingredients:

  • 250ml/ ** oz coconut milk
  • 100ml hot water
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • pinch black pepper*
  • 2 Tbsp Tocotrienols*
  • 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice; raw honey, coconut nectar or maple syrup.

To Create:

  • Gently warm the coconut milk
  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend on high.
  • Pour into your favourite vessel.
  • Sip with deep self-love.

 *Tocotrienols are a delightfully creamy rich source of beautifying Vitamin E. * Black pepper enhances the bioavailability of Turmeric.

Enjoy xo

Kirsten Shanks is a naturopath, founder and creative director of Orchard St., an inspirational Sydney based company with a true dharma to enhance the collective experience of wellness.

@orchardstlove  orchardstreet.com.au

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