How to Grow Turmeric at Home to Reverse Inflammation and Cancer
Many people grow turmeric at home and experience this magical herb’s cancer-preventing and anti-inflammatory powers. All you require are fertile, well drained soil and warm weather to produce a strong, small turmeric crop that can serve your medicinal needs for years to come.
An Introduction to Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice whose usage as a food flavoring, clothing dye and perfume component dates back to biblical times. It is a perennial that re-shoots every year. It has what looks like roots, but they’re actually subterranean stems. They serve as the basis of the finished turmeric product, which can appear vibrant orange to bright yellow.
Turmeric is in the ginger family, and it looks very similar to its cousin, except for their difference in color. Being a tropical plant, turmeric prefers warm indirect or direct sun and lots of rain. If you do not live in a tropical climate, plant turmeric in late spring.
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Turmeric: Herbal Properties and Usage
Turmeric’s known herbal properties and usage date back thousands of years in holistic Eastern medical traditions, such as Ayurveda. Also known as curcumin, Indian saffron and jiang huang, turmeric is the central ingredient in traditional cures for just about every ailment, from liver issues and skin problems to cold and flue symptoms.
The treatment of bodily sprains often entails turmeric. Its key substances, curcuminoids, relieve inflammation within the body. More recently, scientific studies confirm turmeric’s effectiveness at preventing cancer. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, turmeric prevented the growth of cancer in the skin, colon and stomachs of rats exposed to cancer-causing substances.
Other studies reveal that turmeric, when applied directly to cancerous tumor cells, stops these cells from growing. Similarly, turmeric prevents inflammation by directly inhibiting any responsible molecules. WebMD suggests that turmeric even alleviates superficial health ailments, such as ringworm, bruising and leech bite, when applied to the skin.
How to Grow Turmeric At Home
You require a turmeric rhizome, or “root”, which you can get at a health food store or perhaps at a flagship Whole Foods location or an Indian grocer. Look for healthy rhizomes that have lots of buds, which resemble bumps. Cut the rhizome into smaller pieces, so that each piece contains two or three buds.
Fill a potting container with moist but well drained, rich organic soil. Place each mini rhizome face up approximately two inches below the surface of the soil. Water the container for the first time. Adjust watering levels according to your climate. If you live in a hotter, drier climate (the Southwest, for example), water your turmeric rhizomes aggressively, about every two days. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
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In a cooler climate, limit watering to amounts that merely maintain soil moisture. Given the right balance of conditions, turmeric rhizomes typically require eight to 10 months to mature. A mature rhizome is nearly the size of a fresh ginger root from the market. Let this be your guide to gauge size and maturity.
A Time to Harvest
When your turmeric rhizomes are mature, harvest them, preferably as close together in time as possible. Reserve one rhizome to continue the cycle of planting and harvesting, but do change the soil between plantings to preserve optimal nutrient balance.
Store the turmeric in a dry, cool place. When you’re ready to use the rhizomes, boil them for roughly 45 minutes, dry them for about one week, peel them while wearing gloves, and then grind the peeled rhizomes to make turmeric powder.
Take health and healing into your hands with homegrown turmeric, nature’s ibuprofen. Use it in homemade curries, to spice up soups or steeped in milk with ginger and honey to make an elixir that reduces inflammation, prevents cancer and supports the health of your teeth, skin and immune system.