Hi everyone and welcome to my February newsletter.
I hope that you are all well. Summer holidays mean so many different things to each one of us. For some it’s a great chance to spend time with the family and make great memories, for others it can create stress trying to deal with rambunctious children, with so much energy that you are glad when they will be back at school. It may be a time to get away and find some peace and quiet, to take time to be in and with nature. Or for others it’s a great time to go to the city for museums, art galleries, the theatre, and restaurants. Maybe you enjoy visiting historical sites or travelling to parts of the Country/World that you have yet to explore. Whatever your take on the holidays I hope that you had a wonderful time and created some great memories along the way.
For me the school holidays mean being very busy with extra markets along the way. But, it’s also a great time to meet new people, to do markets in places that I haven’t been to for a while. With each new customer, it’s someone else who can benefit from the wonderful healing properties of turmeric.
At the Australia Day Market, here in beautiful Port Macquarie, I was asked by a gentleman if turmeric could help with tinnitus. To which I had to reply that I didn’t know. But that set me off on as journey of discovery and I was delighted to discover that turmeric could indeed potentially help with tinnitus and its side effects. I know that this can be a very debilitating disease, so I thought that this month I would do my article on how turmeric can help alleviate tinnitus and its side effects. So, if you know of anyone who is suffering, please do pass on this newsletter.
Now that the summer holidays are over and the month starts midweek, the markets are back to their usual rhythm, things will begin to settle down for me. Hopefully, the weather will continue to play nice and not be too hot – on some days I wish that gazebos came with cool air conditioning. 😊 Not just a hot breeze, though even those are much appreciated on some days. I hope to see you soon.
The Benefits of Turmeric When Fighting Hearing Loss
Turmeric has been used since ancient times to fight and prevent several diseases in the body. Recent research has proven many of turmeric healing and health properties are true. It has many benefits for the body with regular use. This is great news for everyone who is looking for alternative ways to prevent or treat certain diseases.
One of the areas which can benefit a great deal from turmeric is the ear. There are several causes of hearing loss, and most can be treated, or their effects alleviated by the use of turmeric. For hearing problems like tinnitus and Neurofibromatosis type 2, turmeric has especially been proven an effective therapy for the conditions and their symptoms.
Research suggests that curcumin can help prevent formation and growth of tumours which lead to Neurofibromatosis type 2. Curcumin inhibits the growth of tumour in nerve sheaths as well as activating formation of merlin a protein which stops tumour growth.
Turmeric helps in prevention and treatment of neuropathic pain that comes with Neurofibromatosis type 2. Curcumin has been shown to be effective as a pain killer largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties which alleviate pain and increase the pain bearing threshold. In this way, you have other options than taking the usual painkillers. Not only that, but turmeric is also all natural and has plenty of benefits for your body.
Curcumin helps reduce ear toxicity caused by drugs.
Ear toxicity is one of the causes of tinnitus. This is especially true for long term therapies of diseases, as well as use of antibiotics and loop diuretics among others. With the use of turmeric, this can be addressed. Curcumin has been found to protect the ear from such damage by providing antioxidants which combat the various agents released by the drugs during their working.
Curcumin helps alleviate anxiety and depression associated with tinnitus and Neurofibromatosis type 2.
Both the drugs and the stress levels associated with these two conditions have been found to cause depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and stress. Several studies have proven that curcumin is a safe alternative to the antidepressants used especially given its wide benefits to general health and the ear.
Turmeric can be used to treat tinnitus caused by the swelling of the ear canal.
At times tinnitus is caused by the inflammation of the ear canal. Given the powerful anti-inflammatory powers of curcumin, it helps reduce and significantly stop further inflammation. Studies have found its anti-inflammatory properties to be as powerful as those in antibiotics making it a much safer alternative. Now, people with ear problems have more options to choose from when it comes to treatment for their hearing loss.
While many of its properties and treatment effects will require further research, experts agree on its potency, and it can be used along with other drugs and treatments for more effectiveness and to prevent their side effects. However, don’t forget to consult with your doctor before using turmeric for your ear. While it is generally safe to use, it is also better to be on the safe side and talk to your doctor first.
Taken from an article in Mrs. Green’s World by Maggie Martin PhD
Lentil and Bacon Soup with Turmeric Recipe
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, 1 pack of pancetta and the carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft.
Add the cumin, garlic and chilli and cook for a further 1 – 2 minutes until the aromas are released.
Pour in 1.25 litres of boiling water, crumble in the stock cubes and add the lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally to ensure the lentils aren’t sticking.
Meanwhile, fry the remaining lardons in a small frying pan for about 10 minutes until crispy. You don’t need to add any oil as plenty will run from the pancetta.
Just before serving stir the Turmeric4All through the soup.
Serve the soup with a sprinkle of crispy lardons on top.
Recipe adapted from bbcgoodfood.com, March 2012
THIS MONTH’S EVENTS AND MARKETS
Well things are getting back to “normal” this month. Weekends in February start on a Saturday, and now that the school holidays are over, there are no extra markets on. So, time to relax a bit and enjoy the rest of summer. 😊
Saturday 4th Feb – Kempsey Market - 8am – 1pm. Held down by the river. I’m not sure if we are up in the carpark again oar if we will finally be able to go back to the grass – time will tell, but I will be there.
Sunday 5th Feb – Blackhead Bazaar - 8am – 1pm. Held in the Wylie Breckenridge Park. Not exactly sure where my stall will be, but with my bright orange gazebo roof, I’m not too hard to find.
Saturday 11th Feb – Gloucester Farmers Market - 8am – 12pm. Held at Billabong Park.
Sunday 12th Feb – Forster Town Market - 8 am – 1pm. Near the campsite on Head Street.
Saturday 18th Feb – Forster Farmers Market -7am – 12pm Great little market held by The Visitors Centre.
Sunday 19th Feb – Laurieton Market - 8am – 1pm down by the river on Short and Tunis Streets.
Saturday 25th Feb – Tuncurry Market - 8 am – 1pm See you over the bridge at the John Whiley Park.
Sunday 26th Feb – Pacific Palms Market - 8am – 1pm. At Elizabeth Beach, another great market for all the family and dog friendly, so come along for a fun day out.
For those of you who can’t get to those markets all you need to do is ring me on 0406 036 845 or you can now go to my website – www.achealthysolutions.com and order from there, and I will arrange for it to be posted or delivered to you. The cost is the same as at the market and postage/delivery is free on all orders over $100 with a flat rate of $8 below that.