Tumeric is one of those plants that take a while to mature, seven or eight months depending on location and climate.
I’ve found over time that even plants that ordinarily won’t do well in a border line zone have the ability to acclimate to a degree over time if you’re observant and select those that seem the hardiest.
Interestingly enough inpsite of flowering Tumeric isn’t a seed producing plant so it’s necessary to begin cultivation with roots and space them about a foot and half apart as it is a big leafy plant that likes a little elbow room.
Depending on the severity of winter you may have to grow turmeric inside as long as it gets plenty of sunshine and then transplant in the spring or continue keeping it inside.
If begun or kept indoors you should water often enough to keep the soil damp.
There is a growing body of evidence that not only is Trumeric high in anti oxidants but an effective pain killer and anti inflammatory.
In the type of work I do the occasional ache or muscle pain isn’t unheard of and I’ve found Tumeric to be an effective way to address that, more so than over the counter products with acetaminophen or ibuprofen which I’m not interested in consuming anyway.
As with all natural remedies there are those who disagree with their efficacy and would consider my experience as anecdotal – which is kind of irrelevant as something either works for me or it doesn’t, and that is the singular criteria.
What makes Tumeric an effective anti inflammatory is the presence of a compound named curcumin, the problem that arises is curcumin isn’t absorbed into the system well – the solution is to use black pepper along side Tuemric to boost absorption.
The benefits of Tumeric are too numerous to cover, but an additional benefit is Turmeric is an excellent brain food that boosts memory which in turn could up a persons IQ.
I’m not a an herbal expert or naturopath but personal experience has demonstrated to me that Tumeric can have a notable effect on carpal tunnel as well – grip tools or swing a hammer all day and odds are CT will pay a visit at some point.