Ten Uses For Turmeric You May Not Have Known About
The Golden spice, Turmeric is widely used in Indian cooking but more as a powerful medicinal plant for healing and health purposes. This yellow spice has been known for over 5,000 years in India for its beneficial properties, but Western medicines have recently started researching and recommending it.
The active ingredient ‘Curcumin’ usually consumed as a powder, juice or in the form of pills and capsules, is the most effective nutritional supplement that benefits your body and brain.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant, looks very similar to ginger. The rhizome is harvested, boiled, dried and then ground to make turmeric powder. The taste of this powder is somewhat bitter and has a mild peppery flavor. When cooked with turmeric a yellow to orange color imparts a pretty hue to all dishes. Drink a glass of hot milk with added 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder on sustaining an injury. This is the quickest way to relieve pain and helps in healing the injury faster.
After going through the list of amazing 10 ways of using turmeric for health and healing purposes, you will really start consuming this more in your daily routine. Many of us are not aware of its beneficial properties and will be surprised.
Drink turmeric Golden Milk during night
Simply boil a cup of water with a cup of milk by adding crushed white pepper and turmeric. Simmer for about 20 mins and it reduce to 1 cup, now add palm sugar or a spoon full of honey, to enjoy the taste. This drink can aid to joint pains, arthritis, and other pains in the body. This will also help to detoxify the liver and clears out the toxins from the body to improve the complexion.
Add turmeric to your food.
Adding turmeric daily to your food will not only spice up your food but also add new flavor with many health benefits. Just sprinkle turmeric when cooking vegetables, eggs, or meat dishes. You also add this spice when you are boiling water to cook pasta, rice, soups or more dishes. This will helps you to promote weight loss and reduce the adverse consequences of obesity. Adding it to meat helps to reduce the levels of cancer causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs).
Drink turmeric tea.
To make turmeric tea, just boil four cups of water and one teaspoon of turmeric. Boil for 10 minutes on a low flame. Then strain the tea via fine sieve, and add honey or lemon to taste. People drink this longevity tea for a longer life span. Taking 500mg of turmeric four times daily can soothe a sick stomach. The turmeric is used to aid digestion, as well.
Use it on the skin for a glow and radiance.
Mix turmeric powder with castor oil and use it as a skin detox. Many women apply it to breast and under arms to pull out the harmful toxins present in the lymph nodes. Make a face mask by adding turmeric powder to cream and chickpea powder and leave it for a few minutes on the face for a glowing and radiant skin.
The studies have shown that turmeric can treat and prevent certain forms of skin cancers as well.
Treat sprains and swellings.
Make a paste by adding one part of salt to 2 parts of turmeric. Simply apply this spreadable paste to the affected joints and wrap an old cloth. Leave on for 20 minutes to 60 minutes at least once a day. You will get a yellow tan on your skin! This will reduce swelling and also helps to improve Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Treat chronic cough and cold.
Mix turmeric powder with honey and this is just a perfect home remedy to get rid of throat irritations, cough, and cold.
Treat your scalp and heal cracked hands & feet.
Mix turmeric and oil of your choice- olive oil or jojoba or coconut oil. Massage it into the scalp to prevent dandruff and enhance hair conditioning. Add mustard oil to grind raw papaya, and 2 tablespoons of turmeric to apply to feet & hands. Also add turmeric to unboiled milk and massage to prevent cracks.
Diminish Alzheimer’s symptoms
The studies have found that use of turmeric in daily intake can increase brain level of BDNF. In a clinical test, curcumin extract reduced the symptoms of Alzheimer’s brain plaque in mice by 30% in only one week.
Treat ears affected by water
Warmed garlic in oil and adding turmeric to it will help to push the water out of swimmer’s ear.
Keep your surroundings healthy
Sprinkle turmeric powder at all the entries of your house to safeguard from insects, ants, termites. It is a great pesticide too.
Turmeric is best when used fresh than in ground form. You can also make your own curry powder and carry it when you are travelling. According to research at the Medical University Graz in Austria, it has been proved that your liver will love turmeric and delay damage. This super food spice is reported to be beneficial in treating several diseases as you can name of such as – arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer and more.