Turmeric – for Leaky Gut, the Liver, Spiritual Protection and Prosperity

by | Alternative Medicine, Coaching, Holistic Healing, Metaphysics, Money, Nutrition, Peacock and Paisley, Recipes

turmeric healing spiceI know, it sounds terrible, leaky gut, and it is. So impolite to talk about, but if it’s going on, you want to take care of it. Leaky gut means you’re being poisoned from the inside out. Lucky for you, turmeric, that extremely colorful spice that’s used to flavor rices, curries, and more is great for the gut. It is a strong astringent which contracts the proteins in the bowel lining, thus squeezing shut the spaces between the cells and reducing gut permeability. It’s also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

And it tastes great! I love it on hashbrowns, along with paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, rosemary, celery seed, salt, pepper, hot pepper…… I love seasonings. No more boring food.

Listen to your body’s cravings, to your mind’s wanderings. When you suddenly think of a food that you want to eat, out of the blue, for no apparent reason, it can be your guides’ way of recommending exactly what you need. Smell it, see it on tv, think of it… Act on it!

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, growing as a root and looking quite like ginger.

Turmeric is wonderful for the liver, helping to cleanse and strengthen it. Turmeric helps to balance the female reproductive and lactation systems, and in men it purifies and improves the health of semen.

Spiritually, it is believed to ward off evil and grant to the wearer healing and protection. People of ancient India believed that turmeric contained the energy of the Divine Mother, helped to grant prosperity, cleanse the chakras (energy centers in the body), and purify the channels of the subtle body.

What are your favorite herbs?  What have you been craving lately?  Tell us below in the comments!  You may be using alternative medicine without realizing it.  Tell us what’s working for you, and what your favorite healing recipes are!



    thank you for this. i made a sweet turmeric vinaigrette for rigatoni pasta salad for a potluck at church! brilliant!

  2. Lisa @YourGardenShow.com

    Hi Heather,

    I’m here through the Green Festival outreach we did in early November. I really like your site and content is singular. How do we tweet it? I would love to show it to the new audience coming to gardening. Perhaps you’ll want to put a ‘garden’ up on our site and link to this blog?

    Just and idea.

    Thanks, though, for the read.

    Lisa (YourGardenShow.com)

    • Heather Cate

      Hi Lisa, you can tweet or Facebook any of my pages via the toolbar at the bottom of each page/post, or by the ShareThis link at the bottom of each post.

      What do you all think of these sharing tools? Are they too obscured?

  3. Judith van Praag

    Heather! I love the colors on your site, peacock blue is so intense and beautiful!
    I’ve known about the healing properties of turmeric for quite a while. Years ago my Indian catering partner taught me to use turmeric in the kitchen when I cut myself.
    Turmeric found its way into my life n the piccalilli of my childhood. I’ve been a caterer for a long time and feel comfortable preparing all kinds of ethnic recipes, of course I used turmeric in curries
    The only herb I’m not crazy about is tarragon, other than that I love all herbs.
    How I wish I could still eat all the ethnic foods that require seasoning with spices, I’ve become intolerant to them while in India 20 years ago. Spices give me hives. So while I know the benefits of turmeric it’s a no-no for me.
    If I cook myself I’ll sneak in a limited amount of this or that, but just enough for a hint of spice. The interesting thing is that each spice hits another part of my body. Tonight I decided to try a bit of allspice in the pumpkin muffins, and bingo! My shins are itching like mad. Well at least I have my muffin and ate it too.

    • Heather Cate

      Thank you, Judith!!

      Wow! Do you just put some ground turmeric right on the cut?

      I’d love to eat your food! Do you have a website link you’d like to share here?

      I’m with you on tarragon; don’t know why, it just doesn’t hit my palate right.

      What happened in India which made you intolerant to spices?

      Fascinating about the spices affecting different parts of your body.

      Sometimes we just need that right food even if it isn’t quite right for our body…..

  4. Diana Lees

    This is a great post, Heather! I think it’s also important to understand that part of what can contribute to leaky gut is inappropriate food combining. Basically, proteins require an acidic environment to be digested, and starches require an alkaline environment.

    Different enzymes work on the two types of food, and they thrive in different pH’s. So when you combine starch and protein in your food (at the risk of stating the obvious, this is our standard American diet of sandwiches, pancakes & eggs, meat & potatoes, casseroles, etc.) neither type of food digests fully.

    When you eat this way, small globs of undigested food then move into the intestinal tract and can be taken up into the bloodstream. This is the definition of leaky gut. And leaky gut creates all manner of havoc because those globs are recognized as “foreign” by the immune system and your body can go into immune overdrive resulting in autoimmune diseases.

    This is my lay person’s point of view. Here is a pretty good description of this, in more depth, with recommendations of additional ways to address the issue: http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/food-combining.htm

    Hope it helps!

    • Heather Cate

      Thanks, Diana! Great info you brought to us.

      To prevent any confusion, we’re talking about two separate instances of protein. Diana is talking about proteins that we eat, and the post is talking about proteins that are already part of our body’s building blocks. Actually, the intestine wall protein is like elastic string that keeps the cells close enough together to let only good things into our blood and lymph streams.

      Digestion starts in the mouth with chewing and acid from our saliva. Then what started as food moves through our digestive tract, which includes the intestines. When our bodies are working well, the good stuff from the food is moved into our bloodstream, and the bad stuff is scooted on out via poop and pee.

      With leaky gut, toxic stuff that the intestines are supposed to scoot on out seeps through too-big holes in the walls of the intestines and into the blood and lymph systems. Turmeric helps to make the intestine protein “strings” have the right stretchiness/tension so that the intestine walls go back to having the right size holes.

  5. lifeologia

    This is fantastic that I came across this post. I am just starting to treat my leaky gut. Thanks. Love your site.

    • Heather Cate

      Thanks! I just took a quick look at your site and it’s GORGEOUS!! Can’t wait to go back and read it.

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