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The use of turmeric is well-documented, dating back thousands of years. This vibrantly colored root was first documented in the Vedic culture of India, and served a variety of purposes. It held religious significance, and was seen as a sacred component of many spiritual ceremonies in Hinduism. It has been used functionally, to dye fabrics a beautiful golden yellow (which you may have even experienced yourself, if you’ve ever spilled turmeric on your clothes while cooking). Turmeric was well-documented in Ayurveda texts for its medicinal qualities – it was used for a variety of ailments, from healing cuts and bruises to managing gastrointestinal illness. And of course, turmeric has always been used as a vital addition to a nutritious diet. [1]

“Turmeric is auspicious and one of the most important herbs,” said Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, a board member of the present-day National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She continues, “We use it for so many different conditions, it’s a time-tested herb.” 

While there are many unique ingredients from across the globe that are known for their flavor and medicinal qualities, none have become quite as popular as turmeric in Western culture. Thousands of years after it was first recorded, turmeric’s appeal has grown still. And understandably so. The recorded claims of turmeric’s powerful medicinal qualities have made researchers curious, and so, this root has been the subject of thousands of scientific studies in recent years. The benefits of turmeric are numerous, with some research to support its role in joint health, cardiovascular health, digestive health, mediating inflammatory response, and more. [2-6]

Turmeric and CBD

Turmeric is a pretty powerful plant. And so is cannabis! Which is why we wanted to add these ingredients together in our signature tincture, Liposomal CBD Turmeric.

So how can you get a little more turmeric in your life? While its golden color seems to be most commonly associated with bright curry powder and fragrant Indian dishes, the use of turmeric is incredibly versatile. Here are six ways that you can use turmeric to spice up your diet, and reap the benefits of this powerful plant:

Add It to Smoothies

Summer may be over, but you can pretend that it’s summertime year-round with this refreshing drink. With sweet, tropical fruit and fresh ginger, it’s hard not to love. By adding turmeric, it’s the perfect way to give your diet a flavorful and nutritious boost. Bring out the blender and enjoy!

What you’ll need: 

  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¾ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger
  • 8 pumps SomaLeaf’s Liposomal CBD Turmeric 
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fluid of choice (milk, non-dairy milk, water)

Instructions: Place all ingredients into a blender, blend, and enjoy!

Make a Golden Milk Latte

Move aside chai and matcha, because this turmeric-centric latte takes the gold. You will love adding this golden milk latte to your

morning routine. Even though it’s caffeine-free, one warm mug of this spicy, golden drink will leave you feeling energized, and ready to start your day. Give this recipe a try!

What you’ll need:

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once warm, pour into your favorite mug, sprinkle with ground cinnamon and ginger, and enjoy!

Steep a Cup of Tea

Add 8 pumps of SomaLeaf’s Liposomal CBD Turmeric to your evening cup of tea for a powerful kick. You can use whichever tea bags you like best. Our favorite is to add turmeric to a sweet and spicy cup of ginger tea with honey! Though, now that it’s autumn, a warm pumpkin chai is a close second.

Cozy up with a Warm, Autumnal Soup

There’s nothing better on a crisp, fall day than a comforting bowl of soup. We love this Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Coconut and Tumeric from A Beautiful Plate – without a doubt, you’ll be making this dish on repeat. The recipe calls for ½ tsp of ground turmeric, but for optimal bioavailability, and to soak up all of the benefits that CBD and turmeric offers, we recommend substituting 1 tablespoon of SomaLeaf’s Liposomal CBD Turmeric.

Brighten up Your Salad Dressing

Salads have a bad reputation for being… well, a little boring. However, there are many ways that you can keep your salads interesting and new. 

Salad Pro Tips:

  1. Use a mix of greens (i.e. arugula + spinach, spring mix + basil, kale + red lettuce).
  2. Every salad needs something sweet, something bitter or acidic, something creamy, and something crunchy.
  3. Make your own dressing! 

We’ve got you covered. Try this delicious CBD turmeric salad dressing – it’s the perfect way to brighten up your greens.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey, or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon SomaLeaf’s Liposomal CBD Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp whole grain or Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions: Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined. Alternatively, add to a glass jar with a well-fitting lid, and shake until combined. Pour over salad, mix, and enjoy!

Give Your Sweets a Little Spice

Last, but certainly not least, turmeric and CBD can be a subtle addition to your favorite sweet treats. We love these Three Step Turmeric Pumpkin Bites from PuraTHRIVE– they’re packed with flavor, and of course, are absolutely delicious with a touch of CBD Turmeric. 

Treat yourself with one (or three) of these tasty bites, and know that you’re treating so much more than just your sweet tooth. Our CBD Turmeric not only pairs well with your favorite fall flavors, but also encourages healthy inflammatory and immune responses, joint function, and digestive support. [2, 4-6] On top of that, CBD may offer additional benefits like stress relief, pain management, and sleep aid. [8-14] Plus, the micelle liposomal delivery provides higher bioavailability and better absorption, so you know that you’re getting the most benefit from the supplements you take on a daily basis. [7]

Try it risk-free for 180 days! E-mail us at info@somaleaf.com and let us know what new ways you’ve incorporated turmeric into your diet!

Citations

  1. Prasad S, Aggarwal BB. Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 13. 
  2. Daily JW, Yang M, Park S. Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Med Food. 2016;19(8):717-729. doi:10.1089/jmf.2016.3705
  3. Qin, S., Huang, L., Gong, J. et al. Efficacy and safety of turmeric and curcumin in lowering blood lipid levels in patients with cardiovascular risk factors: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutr J 16, 68 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12937-017-0293-y
  4. Ukil I et al. Curcumin, The Major Component of Food Flavour Turmeric, Reduces Mucosal Injury in Trinitrobenzene Sulphonic Acid-Induced Colitis. British Journal of Pharmacology. 2003;139:209-218. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0705241
  5. Bundy R et al. Turmeric Extract May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptomology in Otherwise Healthy Adults: A Pilot Study. The Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine. 2004;10(6):1015-1018.
  6. Goel A et al. Curcumin as “Curecumin”: From kitchen to clinic. Biochemical Pharmacology. 2008;75(4):787-809.
  7. Schiborr C, Kocher A, Behnam D, Jandasek J, Toelstede S, Frank J. The oral bioavailability of curcumin from micronized powder and liquid micelles is significantly increased in healthy humans and differs between sexes. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2014 Mar;58(3):516-27. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201300724. Epub 2014 Jan 9. Erratum in: Mol Nutr Food Res. 2014 Mar;58(3):647. Dosage error in article text. PMID: 24402825.
  8. B, E. M., S, M. M., M, J., & M, C. R. (2015, September 5). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders.
  9. Villines, Z. (2018, July 27). CBD oil for anxiety: Research, benefits, and risks. 
  10. Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. 
  11. Vučković, S., Srebro, D., Vujović, K. S., Vučetić, Č., & Prostran, M. (2018, November 13). Cannabinoids and Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules. 
  12. Russo, E. B. (2008, February). Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. 
  13. Xiong, W., Cui, T., Cheng, K., Yang, F., Chen, S.-R., Willenbring, D., … Zhang, L. (2012, June 4). Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors.
  14. Johnson, J. (2018, July 29). CBD oil for pain management: Effects, benefits, and uses. 
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