When customers ask Diane and Ed Taylor about the pain-relieving properties of turmeric, they tell them about Bo and Tarra.
The two Asian elephants, who live on the 850-acre Elephant Refuge of North America (ERNA) in southern Georgia, no longer suffer from arthritis since they began taking a turmeric supplement grown and sold by the Taylors.
“Since Bo and Tarra have been on their turmeric, they have displayed no signs of stiffness or joint pain,” Carol Buckley of ERNA said. “What a blessing to have this premium grade organic turmeric grown right here in South Georgia.”
The Taylors have been growing the golden rhizome—known for its properties as a powerful anti-inflammatory—for almost 10 years.
Both Taylors come from farming backgrounds, but it wasn’t until Diane experienced a traumatic brain injury that she began to grow medicinal herbs. Diane experimented with plants such as aloe vera and scoured medical journals for information on how she could lessen her use of pharmaceuticals and improve her health outcomes.