Turmeric is a very common kitchen ingredient that has been used as a spice and medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric has been known to contain numerous antioxidants as well as antibacterial properties which provide excellent benefits for your skin, hair and health. Below are 5 surprising ways you can use turmeric for health.
1. Turmeric Toothpaste
According to research, compounds in turmeric have anti-fungal, antibacterial and astringent properties and is known for being a great non-abrasive teeth whitener. Turmeric also helps in plaque removal by neutralizing acids produced by the bacteria. To make a turmeric toothpaste, mix 1 tsp powdered organic turmeric root with enough water to form a paste consistency. Dip toothbrush into it and gently brush teeth for 2-5 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. Toothpaste can be stored covered in a cool dry place for a month.
2. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric milk is a traditional ayurvedic drink that can treat a wide variety of health problems and promote good health. Turmeric milk is not only high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, healthy fats, but also manganese and iron. This milk is considered the best remedy for cold and cough. It also prevents and stops the growth of breast, skin, lung, prostate, and colon cancer due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural liver detoxifier and blood purifier that boosts the liver function.
Step 1 : Prepare Turmeric Paste
> 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
> 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
> 1/2 cup of filtered water
Prepare a turmeric paste by mixing all the above ingredients in a small pan. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. Let this paste cool and then keep it in a small jar in the fridge.
Step 2 : Prepare Turmeric Milk
> 1 cup of milk
> 1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste
> 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Mix all above ingredients except honey in a saucepan.Heat it up for about 2 minutes. Stir constantly while heating and do not allow the mixture to boil. Add honey to taste.
3. Pimples and Acne Treatment
Turmeric works wonders when it comes to improving complexion and fighting common skin problems like acne, pimples, dark sports, redness and many other skin-related problems. Simply mix turmeric powder and water to form a paste. Apply it to the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 min and then wash. This will prevent the pimple from developing further and cure it really soon. Apply this regularly to get best results. You can also substitute water with honey as honey has antiseptic properties.
4. Heal Cracked Heels
Cracked feet is a very common foot problem usually caused by dry and flaky skin. To heal cracked heels, make a mixture of coconut oil and turmeric powder. Apply this on your cracked heels and areas where your skin has become excessively dry. Not only does this heal the cracked heels faster, but it also helps to make the heels softer.
5. Dandruff Treatment
Combination of olive oil and turmeric is an effective remedy to remove dandruff. Make a mixture of turmeric and olive oil, massage into your scalp and leave on for 10-15 minutes, then then wash off the mixture with a natural shampoo. It will remove all the traces of dandruff and provides nutrition to hair follicles making hair stronger and better.
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