I come from the land of curry. Curry chicken, curry goat, roti…you name it, islanders love curry. This plant is actually a member of the ginger family and has such intense anti-inflammatory properties, it rivals cayenne pepper!
The active ingredient in this life-saving plant is “curcumin” and it gives off a slightly mustard-y smell. Did you know that North Africans used this spice to dye clothing? The brightly coloured gowns they wore were tinted with this plant.
I remember growing up with the delicious scent of curry wafting through our house as my mom prepared dish after dish of curry-laden meals. Not only is turmeric an excellent additive to boost the flavour of foods, but its medicinal properties are stellar.
Fights cancer, like garlic
Fights infections, like peppermint (don’t get me started on peppermint)
Kills acne-causing bacteria, like Tea Tree Oil
Helps with digestion, like ginger
Lowers bad cholesterol, like garlic and vinegar
Helps with joint pain, like cayenne pepper