Turmeric or Curcuma longa is a spice native to India. The rhizome or root of turmeric is the part used medicinally. Numerous constituents have been identified in turmeric. The main constituent being curcumin. Turmeric has a warm,bitter, pepper like flavour and earthy mustard like aroma. Are you looking for a way to incorporate the many health benefits of turmeric into your daily life? If so, I have just the right tips for you!
- Helps improve digestion
Turmeric has been shown to calm the digestive system, helping to relieve gas and bloating. It has long been used as a quick and effective cure for an upset stomach. It acts as a natural remedy, with the help of vitamins, minerals that reduce inflammation, reduce abnormal muscle movements, and soothe digestive issues.
Tip: Make a mixture by adding one teaspoon of turmeric powder and honey. Take this mixture every day to treat the problem effectively.
2. Promotes weight loss
If you are worried about your weight or feel like you have eaten a lot then turmeric is the right ingredient for you!
- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup; add honey and/or lemon to taste.
- Add a pinch of black pepper to increase absorption.
3. Relieves cough and cold
Besides Ginger tea consuming turmeric is an effective way to get rid of cold and cough.
Cough associated with running nose can be relieved by drinking hot water mixed with turmeric. Add pure turmeric powder to boiling water and inhale the vapors. This relieves cough as well as sinus congestion. Covering you with blanket while inhaling vapors aids in easy inhalation of the vapors.
4. Contributes to a natural glow
Want to start getting all these benefits and enhance the look and feel of your skin? Incorporate turmeric into your beauty and health list. You may want to try a turmeric face mask at home to get positive effects on your skin. You can mix small amounts of yogurt, honey, and turmeric together and apply to your face. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash off with water. Here are some quick tips for you.
- All-Purpose Mask – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon of milk or plain yogurt
- For Acne-Prone Skin – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of chickpea powder + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice + a touch of water
- For Oily Skin Types – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of gram flour + a touch of water
5. Reduces inflammation and helps with healing
Turmeric not only relieves inflammation to help with pain, but also aids in healing in many ways. It will help fight bacteria that’s found on the skin when you have a wound, and prevent bacteria from entering in the body via the wound opening. Turmeric also helps clot the blood, so it will prevent the wound from bleeding further. Last, it helps the wound heal and treats the skin, so there will be little to no scarring and the skin will stay protected.
6. Boosts immunity
Turmeric helps stimulate the human immune system. Take a teaspoon of the spice powder in a glass of warm milk daily and you’ll see it work wonders as it reduces your chances of catching a flu.
7. Acts as a scrub
You can prepare a turmeric scrub that helps exfoliate your skin. Mix a tablespoon of turmeric with a tablespoon of water and rose water. Massage the mixture into the problem areas gently. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse well. Pat dry. You can use a gentle cleanser if the yellow color remains. Using this scrub twice to thrice a week helps remove dead cells from the skin.