Turmeric & Honey: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory Team

Both turmeric and honey, nature’s anti-inflammatory team, have powerful and effective natural anti-inflammatory properties. Constant inflammation in the body is a root cause of many serious diseases. Used together, turmeric and honey can help you take a critical step toward reducing your inflammation and improving your life.

Inflammation is part of your body’s response to the invasion of viruses, bacteria, types of fungus and other agents of disease and illness. At these times, some level of inflammation is helpful as your body fights off these intruders. Remember, our bodies are all about balance...moderation.

Chronic inflammation is what can be a particularly difficult problem. Unfortunately for some consumers, nasty side effects are the biggest consequences from using many of the drugs and medications on the market targeted to reduce inflammation. The last thing you want to do is to address one problem and create another. Side effects from turmeric and honey remedies are almost non-existent.


Turmeric has unique healing properties and has enjoyed wide recognition for thousands of years for its medicinal use, particularly in India, China and Southeast Asia. Its impact on health and healing is gaining popularity in Western culture, and science is increasingly trending towards support of its restorative powers.

— comes from the Curcuma longa plant
— contains curcumin, its main healing substance
— can be either grown wild or cultivated
— reduces allergy symptoms
— has anti-bacterial properties
— has anti-inflammatory properties
— helps with healing

Turmeric’s most important component is curcumin. It is what elevates this little “tuber spice” to possess powerful medicinal properties that promote healing. For example, curcumin can reduce food allergies by balancing Th1 and Th2 immune responses. (R) Food allergens and sensitivities are not always easily avoided in prepared foods or beverages, as they are not always obvious to the consumer. Therefore, access to turmeric’s healing properties can be particularly important for those who suffer from some food allergies.

Not just turmeric’s curcumin, but its oil without curcumin has been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects. (R) The Curcuma longa plant also has an anti-bacterial effect against Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infections) and Escherichia coli (E-coli). (R)
Sadly, many people suffer with the long-term pain from arthritis and osteoarthritis. Some take medication to alleviate the pain and inflammation, only to suffer from some resultant side effect. Turmeric has been found to be just as effective as ibuprofen in treating knee osteoarthritis with few side effects and fewer gastrointestinal problems. (R) Turmeric has actually been found to reduce gastrointestinal inflammation and ulcer formation. (R) As an anti-inflammatory, it works in the digestive system to help alleviate the inflammation that can contribute to disturbances such as colitis and diarrhea; both may be painfully unpleasant and highly
inconvenient. It has also been found to relieve symptoms of joint arthritis. (R)

Turmeric also protects cartilage homeostasis, the balance or equilibrium of the cartilage, and supports cartilage stability.(R) Stable connective tissues provide consistent support for your movement and balance.

We all know or love someone who has had the misfortune of a cancer diagnosis. Cancer is indiscriminate, unbiased and can be devastatingly brutal. Cancer cell growth can be deadly, but for years, doctors and researchers have sought a cure. Curcumin has been found by some researchers to inhibit cell proliferation in bladder cancer cells. (R)

No one completely escapes the hazards of life’s falls, injuries and illnesses. Your body’s ability to repair and heal itself is essential. Curcumin has been found to help with collagen formation, tissue repair and wound healing (R), which supports your body’s natural process of healing and repairing damage.

Research shows that curcumin regulates inflammation and epigenetic gene expression. (R) Significant is that the curcumin in turmeric may impact or alter your inherited tendencies towards particular diseases by interfering with the turn “on” signal for them in your body.


This sweet little syrupy liquid is a surprising Goliath in the world of food and health. It is not only pleasant to the taste, but has very specific medicinal properties. It may have often been included in your grandma’s home remedies for colds and sore throats or even applied to burns and wounds. There is science behind this.

— is made by bees from flower nectar
— its use dates back to the ancient Egyptians
— reduces allergy symptoms
— has anti-bacterial properties
— has anti-inflammatory properties
— helps with healing

Local honey and pollen are commonly recommended to fight off seasonal allergies. Their powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties have brought welcome relief to many allergy sufferers.

Honey also has anti-bacterial properties and has been discussed as a therapeutic option in wound healing since ancient times: for example, honey has been used as an anti-bacterial remedy for gingivitis. (R) Couple this with its anti-inflammatory properties, and it has great healing potential.

The inflammation and potential infection caused by burns can be treated with the proper dressing application of honey. Perhaps surprisingly, honey was found to be an even more effective dressing on burns than silver, which at this time is more widely used for serious burns. (R)

Bottom line...both turmeric and honey—nature's anti-inflammatory team—are becoming more widely accepted and their uses increasingly applied in Western culture. Anti-bacterial properties of turmeric and honey are also a huge part of their arsenal. They are effective, inexpensive, easily accessible and have minimal (if any) side effects.

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