These last few months we have been focusing on herbs that don’t have much intensive or decisive research associated with them. We have been talking about different folk uses, recipes, and herbalist lore with them. This month we are talking about turmeric, an herb so well researched that we couldn’t cover a fraction of the studies on it. I find that well studied herbs with lots of documented uses often get put into a niche, and are assumed to be perfect for every person. Turmeric is a fantastic herb that I use regularly, BUT, the energetics of the plant need to be considered when working with people. Are you a very dry, warm person? If so, turmeric might actually exacerbate your energetic patterns. Instead, perhaps something like marshmallow would be the anti-inflammatory your body needs.
When working with herbs, even when we focus on all of the uses, even when a particular herb sounds like a panacea, just remember each has its own place, use, and indications; and not every herb is perfect for every person.
That being said, turmeric is a favorite of mine, especially during the cold months when joints start aching, the body temperature cools, and my feet are consistently the temperature of icicles. Its anti-inflammatory properties are unmatched, but I also use turmeric as an antimicrobial. I have noticed when I take it throughout the winter months, I don’t get sick as often, and when I do, I find I am sick for a shorter time than those around me suffering from the same infections. There is so much to be said about turmeric that this issue won’t even touch the surface, but hopefully it will give you some ideas on how to decide if it can help you and incorporate this beautiful herb into your life.