Commonly used in cooking and beauty treatments, turmeric is a spice with powerful anti-inflammatory properties very much used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Discover the many applications of turmeric.
Benefits of turmeric
Turmeric in known for its benefits thanks to the curcumin it contains, a compound with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may be more intense than conventional drugs and may help to prevent and treat many health problems. Turmeric helps to prevent and cure bloating and flatulence, chest pain and jaundice, colic, toothache and menstrual disorders, among others.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may contribute to the treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. This spice is also effective against rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain and cystic fibrosis.
In addition, turmeric has a purifying effect helping to reduce the level of cholesterol and treat skin problems. It keeps your heart healthy, prevents heart disease and stroke and protects the liver. Know that turmeric is a natural painkiller that can relieve pain.
In addition, turmeric is perfect to prevent the growth of cancer metastasis and prevent cancer. Moreover, a scientific study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2011 showed that curcumin inhibits the formation of a rare brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
Here are some examples of the multiple uses of turmeric:
After carefully cleaning the wound, apply turmeric powder and wrap the wound with a bandage.
Prepare a mixture of coconut oil and turmeric, and then massage your scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes, and wash your hair as you normally do.
Mix ⅓ teaspoon powdered turmeric, 1 egg white and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture on your face, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then wash the face.
To soothe sunburn, just prepare a mixture of turmeric and aloe vera gel, and then apply it to the area in question. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse.
- Against dark circles, acne and rosacea
Mix 1 teaspoon of water, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon of turmeric, to prepare a natural mask. Apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Boil 2 to 3 cups of water and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon of ginger. Mix until a homogeneous solution, and then sip. This tea prolongs the life and fights against certain diseases.
Put 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 4 cups boiling water. Consume this drink to soothe heartburn.
Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric, ½ tablespoon of Himalayan salt and few drops of water to obtain a consistent cream. Then apply the mixture on the affected area and leave for 20 minutes.
Repeat daily until the joint pain disappears. Do not pay attention to the yellow spots on the skin; this spice will effectively reduce swelling and pain.
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Use this mixture to brush your teeth.
In the kitchen
Use turmeric spice to add color to your dishes. Remember to add it in the scrambled eggs, sauces, soups and cakes.
Fill a ¾ basin with water and add 5 heaped tablespoons of turmeric. Boil this mixture and simmer for a few minutes. Then dip a wet fabric in the bowl and marinate for about 1 hour. Then take the fabric out and let it dry. The coloring of your fabric will be successful.
Turmeric is a thinner; it must not be accompanied with an anticoagulants nor used before childbirth, surgery and tooth extractions.
Do not consume it regularly and in large quantities, because this spice can cause seizures ulcers. Turmeric is not recommended for pregnant women. Anyone under medical treatment should seek advice from their doctor before consuming it.