Several months ago I did some reading on the wonderful health benefits of turmeric. I don’t like to take pills so I started doing a small, turmeric cocktail of my own secret recipe. However, after a trip to the dentist I came home, admiring his handiwork in the bathroom mirror and suddenly thought, “What if that bright orange turmeric stains my lovely white teeth.” So, I stopped drinking my cocktail and deleted all of my notes on the subject.

A few days ago, as I was perusing some articles on natural remedies, I once again came across the subject of turmeric. Before I could move along a particular sentence jumped out at me. It clearly stated that turmeric would NOT stain teeth. In fact, it stated that turmeric could be used to naturally WHITEN teeth. Darn. And there I went and got rid of all my information on the subject. So, here I am, back at square one trying to accumulate some useful knowledge on this wonderfully healthy spice.

Originally I wanted to take turmeric for everyday aches and pains. I have degenerative disc disease in the vertebrae of my neck and it is rather painful. Sometimes I have severe flare ups if I engage in certain activities. I am always looking for natural pain relief remedies. When I struck upon turmeric I was eager to give it a try. I had been into daily therapeutic doses for about one week when I had the unfortunate dental episode and misunderstanding. I had not been taking turmeric long enough to truly determine if I was experiencing beneficial pain relief. Now I am eager to give it a go once again.

Therapeutic doses of turmeric are generally about three grams. However, for older people or sensitive folk, or even wee folk, you may want to start with two grams. My favorite way to consume turmeric is in a milk and honey cocktail. I make a small enough dose that it can be tossed back like a shot. I also warm it so that it goes down very nicely.

Turmeric can also be incorporated into a daily dietary regimen. Sprinkle a bit into some yogurt or soup. It is easy to mix into salad dressing. Once you begin using turmeric regularly, here are some of the things you can look forward to:

•    Lower blood sugar levels
•    Lower blood pressure
•    Lower cholesterol
•    Reduced inflammation and pain
•    Rich source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and selenium

Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. Keep this in mind and discontinue use about a week prior to any scheduled surgical procedure and don’t take it during a menstrual cycle. Overall, turmeric is considered a super food because of all the health benefits it offers.

The Root – Chewing on the root cleanses teeth and mouth bacteria with its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

To Whiten Teeth – Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric root powder with water, creating a paste. Brush teeth with paste for a few minutes. Coconut oil can be added to the paste for additional health benefits. Now, it may stain your toothbrush, but your teeth should come out sparkling and clean!