I love putting spices in things. For example, when I make spaghetti sauce, I cackle, spin around and add dashes of oregano, basil (fresh), garlic (both powdered and fresh) and my super-secret ingredient (maybe, someday, I’ll tell you the super-secret – no, it’s not Soylent Green). Then, when it’s simmering good and proper, I repeatedly scream-sing, “Fire burn and caldron bubble!”

Cooking is loud in my house because, yes, I like to pretend that I’m a witch. It’s perfectly normal, nothing wrong with that and, I betcha, a lot of people do the same.

Because I enjoy doing this, I am always interested in new spices. My mother has a lot of free time on her hands these days and she has inspired me to test one I’ve never heard of: Turmeric. If you’re like me, we are now sailing unchartered seas together.

What is turmeric? According to Healthprep.com, it’s a “flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family.” I like ginger, so we’re off to a good start. Turmeric, native to Southeast Asia and India “has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine” (Healthprep.com). Ayurvedic medicine (I didn’t know what that meant either) is one of the oldest holistic healing systems and it’s focused on protecting the body, spirit and mind (Webmd.com). The theory is that if you take care of yourself preemptively, you’ll have no need to fight disease because, well, you won’t have disease to fight in the first place.

From what I’ve read, turmeric tastes pretty good, too: it is aromatic with scents of orange or ginger and has a pungent flavor (Spiceadvice.com). And the amount of things you can cook with it? Boy howdy! There’s one easy recipe for something called “Golden Milk” that is on the top of my list to experiment with: simmer milk, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon for ten minutes (Downshiftology.com) and it’s supposed to relax the bejeezus out of you. I’m thinking a bit of rum would make it complete, but that’s just me.

Besides tasting good, there’s a few other reasons turmeric has been used for thousands of years. Studies done have shown that it’s an effective pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory and it can actually improve liver function (Medicalnewstoday.com). Have you found yourself overindulging during your quarantine? Turmeric is thought to be able to “stop your liver from being damaged by toxins” (Medicalnewstoday.com). Sometimes, the old ways are the best ways.

Because I’m randomly a Negative Nancy, I felt that I should investigate the side effects of turmeric. There aren’t many and most of the side effects come about because people have taken too much (it’s also available in capsule form). For example, while turmeric is a good digestive aid, it causes the stomach to produce more gastric acid than some people can handle and can lead to discomfort (Medicalnewstoday.com). In addition, it acts as a blood thinner, so it’s recommended that people taking blood-thinning medications avoid using large quantities (Medicalnewstoday.com).

I have taken the plunge and am now awaiting the arrival of my organic turmeric. I need Golden Milk in my life! I’ll let you know how it turns out, but I’m guessing I will fall in love.

You know, Bourke Accounting is sort of like turmeric. Besides aiding in a better night’s sleep, your Bourke Accounting bookkeeper or tax preparer can preventively head off any problems on your horizon. Since you won’t have to stress about your financial future, your Bourke Accounting expert can also help you to avoid ulcers. See? Bourke Accounting might be a better digestive aid than even turmeric itself!

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon (I’ll have Golden Milk waiting)!

Written by Sue H.