Why Turmeric with Honey
Turmeric is the most effective nutritional substance in existence. It is an adaptogen, a nontoxic herb that regulates the immune and endocrine systems. It also is antiseptic, is hepatoprotective, invigorates the blood, and helps prevent or treat infection. Regarded as a panacea in Ayurveda, turmeric is widely used in food, medicine and skin care.
Turmeric honey can be used topically on sores and ulcerations. You can also use it as a soak for skin conditions, at least if you don’t mind the colour.
Turmeric contains up to 5% essential oils and up to 5% curcumin, a polyphenol considered the most active constituent of turmeric, although I think it works best when mixed with its other natural antioxidants including curcuminoids, flavonoids and carotenoids. Volatile oils include tumerone, atlantone, and zingiberone which is also found in the related plant, ginger. Other constituents include Vitamins C and E, sugars, proteins, and resins. It is used on Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammation, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, haematuria, haemorrhage, and colic. Turmeric can also be applied topically in poultices to relieve pain and inflammation but will colour the skin for a few days after removal.