Apart from its culinary use, Turmeric is heavily used as a medical food for millennia, due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with other ingredients, it is used into topical ointments against various external conditions. Discover these new unpublished uses of turmeric.
Exfoliation and anti-wrinkle mask
Prepare an excellent mask for your face, mixing one tablespoon of chickpea flour with two teaspoons of milk and a quarter teaspoon of turmeric. Turmeric helps to smooth your skin and makes the wrinkles disappear. The antioxidant properties of turmeric purify and rejuvenate the skin. In addition, the milk contains lactic acid which is a potent exfoliant. It gets rid of dead skin. Gently massage your face with this mask and leave it on for ten minutes. Then wipe it gently with your hands and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Natural anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric
Turmeric is used to treat various inflammations, because of the virtues of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory active compound. It can treat pain associated with arthritis. A study at the University of Arizona has shown that regular application of turmeric essential oil (mixed with a vegetable oil) helps relieve pain associated with this disease.
Antitumor properties of turmeric
Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight against the effects of free radicals, that way preventing the development of cancer cells and tumors. It inhibits the growth of breast, colon, stomach and skin cancer. In addition, epidemiological studies have shown that in India and many other Asian countries where turmeric consumption is very present, certain types of cancer such as breast, lung, prostate or colon are very rare.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral agent. Turmeric prevents open wound infection, inflammation and relieves pain and promotes healing. Mix turmeric with linseed oil or ginger paste and apply it as penicillin on the injury or wound.
Prepare an organic cleanser for your face with: ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 to 3 drops of coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon of neem oil (available in health food shops and online) apply the paste on your face and leave on for half an hour. The antifungal properties of neem oil associated with turmeric properties make it an excellent mask against acne. In addition, coconut oil will help thoroughly moisturize your skin.
Psoriasis is a dermatosis with scaly dander. One study argues that the application of a gel based on curcumin for 16 weeks is effective in curing psoriasis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Turmeric remains a glimmer of hope for the treatment of this dermatological inflammation whose origins remain unclear. Prepare slurry based paste by adding one part turmeric and two parts water. Apply this paste daily.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of turmeric make it an excellent mouthwash to prevent and treat plaque and gingivitis. To do this, dissolve 2 tsp of turmeric powder in ½ cup of hot water and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for its pleasant and fresh scent.
Eczema is a skin inflammation characterized by red and oozing plaques. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties to effectively fight swelling and stops the spread of the disease. For treatment, make a dermatological cream with a pinch of turmeric powder and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply this cream daily and, after four days, your irritation will disappear.
To make 100% natural toothpaste, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon of mustard oil. Then, mix everything until a stiff dough. Your toothpaste is ready to use!
Warning: Turmeric is a spice that is to be used in moderation because it can cause seizures and digestive ulcers. It is also not recommended for pregnant women because of its coagulant properties. For people who follow a specific treatment, it is advisable to seek the advice of their doctor.
References: authoritynutrition.com, healthy-holistic-living.com, turmericforhealth.com