According to ayurveda, turmeric is considered to be a superfood and is among the elite and upper echelon of all spices. You can read a previous blog article on the healing benefits of turmeric.
One of the best ways to consume and absorb turmeric is to take it in the form of ghee or clarified butter as it increases the bio-availability of the herb allowing you to assimilate it more efficiently and effectively.
The other spices that are included as part of this superfood tonic recipe will boost healing effects such as inflammation and allow you to assimilate more of the turmeric. It is important to note that the spices in this infused ghee are not just for flavor but to enhance medicinal properties.
In ayurveda, the healing doctors and practitioners of ayurvedic medicine have long known about the amazing healing properties of spices and how to blend them. Many of the spices used in Ayurveda and Indian cooking help to rejuvenate the organs and work directly on the digestive system.
Many of these spices also have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Others are amazing antioxidants that help prevent and fight of disease as well as aging.
This turmeric ghee recipe is highly effective in relieving inflammations and joint pain. It can also be used as a general tonic and immune booster. It can be used by all dosha types and is especially excellent for balancing Vata dosha. Here is our secret formula for turmeric infused ghee:
2 cups of Organic Grass Fed Ghee: check out our ghee recipe here
5 tsp Organic Turmeric Powder
2 tbsp Organic Raw Honey
1 tsp Organic Ginger Powder
1 tsp Organic Muster Seed Powder or 2 tsp of crushed Muster Seeds
½ tsp Organic Black Pepper
½ tsp Organic Cinnamon Powder
½ tsp Organic Cardamom Powder
½ Organic Pippali Powder *optional
1 tsp Black Cumin Oil (Nigella Sativa) *optional
Place all of the spices in a small bowl and mix well.
Gently heat 1/2 cup of ghee in a heavy bottom pan or pot on LOW-MEDIUM.
Add spice mix to pot and cook on LOW for 3-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. The spices will become fragrant.
Pour in the rest of the ghee and allow to warm or simmer on LOW heat for 20 minutes, uncovered. Make sure the ghee does not bubble in any way. The low heat is just to help the spices infuse.
While it is still warm, mix in the honey and black cumin seed oil. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
Strain with a mesh strainer or cheese cloth into a glass jar.
Benefits of ayurvedic ghee spices:
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. *read more about the health benefits of turmeric
Black Pepper/Pippali: aids absorption, relieves gas, stimulates appetite and is detoxifying.
Ginger: soothes and tones the stomach, improves circulation, and boosts immune system.
Mustard Seeds: helps with gas and works as a good analgesic.
Cinnamon: Helps regulate blood sugar and may help with arthritic pain.
Cardamom: Promotes digestion, adds sweetness, and is good for the heart.