I, like most vegetarians, prefer to nourish my body with fresh ingredients. I'm constantly researching the ways different foods and spices help the body. My newest spice craze is turmeric. This bright yellow spice is very common in Indian cuisine - think curries. In America, we use turmeric to color foods. Yellow mustard gets its bold hue from the spice. Even processed mac and cheese uses turmeric to make the dish appear a brighter yellow.
Turmeric has healing properties, specifically as an anti-inflammatory. It is also used for heartburn and as a skin treatment. There is really nothing this spice cannot do.
While I try to incorporate it into my meals, I recently learned that it is popular to drink in a tea. Turmeric has a pungent taste, so many people are turned off by these teas. After many trials and errors, I finally came up with a recipe that I enjoy.