Did you know that turmeric has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine since around 500 BCE?
If you’re not familiar with the term, Ayurveda refers to the ancient Indian method of natural healing and is considered by some scholars to be the oldest healing science.
The healing benefits of turmeric have been closely tied to Indian culture for centuries and is still a large part of Ayurveda practices even today.
Sadhguru is best-known as an Indian yogi, author, humanitarian, mystic (or “guru”), and prominent spiritual leader. As founder of the Isha Foundation, Sadhguru’s non-profit organization offers yoga teacher trainings all around the world.
His spiritual teachings belong to no specific tradition and he combines modern pragmatism and yogic science to help people live the best life possible.
Many of his books have appeared in multiple categories on the New York Times Best Seller list and people travel from all over the world to listen to his spiritual lectures, regularly pulling in over 300,000 people.
Sadhguru has spoken at the World Economic Forum and United Nations Headquarters, and was granted the second highest civilian award by the Indian government in 2007 for his contributions to spirituality.
Similarly to our philosophy here at Primal Harvest, Sadhguru’s teachings on wellness incorporate a holistic approach to health and acknowledge the many moving parts that make up our well-being, especially the connection between mind, body and soul.
The below benefits of turmeric are excerpted from a lecture given by Sadhguru at the Isha Hatha Yoga School’s 21-week Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
According to Sadhguru, turmeric has many healing properties as a purification agent. By helping to purify the body, blood and spiritual energy system, he believes that turmeric has the potential to bring in more light and translucence to your energy field.
Additional tip: Sadhguru mentions that even when a turmeric solution is applied topically to the skin, added radiance and glow can be seen almost immediately.
As one might expect, Sadhguru’s more spiritual approach to illnesses and diseases such as cancer are slightly different from more standard Western views. Sadhguru sees cancer as being the result of cells in your body turning against you and shares the below advice on how to keep your body working for you rather than against you.
A) Sadhguru recommends periodic fasting for bodily cleansing. Periodic cleansing and fasting have long been an important part of traditional yogic philosophy and it is believed that doing so allows the body to detoxify and rid itself of disease-causing influences.
B) Secondly, Sadhguru recommends taking turmeric each morning on an empty stomach. Since turmeric is viewed as a highly effective cleanser, he says that swallowing a marble-sized turmeric ball first thing each morning may help move some of these dangerous cells from the body.
Amongst the many health benefits of turmeric, Sadhguru chooses to mention the powerful ability of turmeric to help sufferers of nasal congestion and cold-related symptoms. If you suffer from chronic phlegm or congestion caused by a cold, he recommends the below holistic solution containing turmeric, pepper, and honey.
Additional tip: Soak about 10 crushed peppercorns in a couple spoonfuls of natural honey and turmeric overnight. In the morning, Sadhguru recommends consuming this mixture while also chewing on a pepper in order to eliminate phlegm and congestion. He also recommends avoiding dairy whenever possible.
Sadhguru teaches that everything, including our body, is only borrowed from the Earth and that we all possess a certain amount of inertia within us. He believes that in order to maintain a healthy body and mind, it’s important to keep inertia levels at a minimum.
We can do this by consuming foods and spices such as turmeric that affect our cellular structure in such a way that positive life energy can fully penetrate all of the cells in our body.
In other words, Sadhguru is saying that turmeric offers physical support and creates greater possibilities within our bodies that can help us advance our spiritual goals, whatever they might be.
Additional tip: Sadhguru recommends drinking turmeric and neem leaf in lukewarm, light honey water. This, he says, is a wonderful way of cleansing the cellular structure so that it can best absorb positive energy.
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