As a child I remember having turmeric milk whenever I was down with cold, fever or bad throat. Over all these years, I continue to have this drink whenever I feel exhausted or feel the need of body repair. Turmeric is that magical ingredient which I swear by. It is a basic spice commonly found in Indian homes and is now trending globally. The benefits of turmeric – beauty, health and lifestyle and DIY recipes have been elaborated in this blog. Grab a cup of turmeric latte (recipe is given below) before you read this blog.
Uses of Turmeric for Healthy Living:
This magical drink is also called golden milk. The internet is flooded with many recipes for preparing turmeric milk. But as the say goes – simplicity is the best, so should the golden milk be. Add half teaspoon of turmeric powder in one glass of milk and your milk is ready. Drink one glass of this milk daily before going to bed.
Turmeric Latte/ Turmeric Tea:
Turmeric Latte is competing with the conventional coffee drinks around the world. As it is trending, the price of this drink in the menu of the coffee shops can pop your eyes out. Roll up your sleeves as you are about to save some money by preparing it on your own. Add (half tablespoon) turmeric powder, (half tablespoon) cinnamon powder, pinch of black pepper, sugar (optional), (half cup) brewed coffee and (half cup) milk. Prepare your coffee with these ingredients and your Turmeric Latte is ready.
Turmeric Teais the best detox drink for your body. Add one tablespoon of turmeric to boiling water. Add (one piece) grated ginger and (two tablespoons) lemon juice. Strain the liquid and add (one tablespoon) honey. Cleanse your system with turmeric tea.
Include turmeric in your diet:
Add it to your soups, cooked vegetables, pulses, pasta, meat dishes, rice and so on.
Bonus Uses Of Turmeric To Ease Up Your Daily Life:
Say Bye To Ants In Your House:
Tired of seeing ants in your house? Spot the entry point of ants in your house and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoon of turmeric on that spot. No new ant will dare to enter your vicinity from that point.
Dye Easter Eggs:
Turmeric has very strong staining qualities. This property can be best used to dye Easter eggs. Turmeric will make them a gorgeous yellow.
Mix turmeric with clove oil or coconut oil and rub this paste on your gums for a minute or so. Let this paste stay for 5 minutes and rinse your mouth with water. Do this daily after brushing your teeth. It will not only soothe the pain in your gums but also keep your gums healthy.
I have seen a lot of DIY recipes wherein they suggest brushing your teeth with a toothbrush dunked in turmeric powder. This DIY is for brightening your teeth. I have tried this DIY but to no avail.
Heal Your Wounds Faster:
If you cut your fingers while working in kitchen or your child get hurts while playing or you are suffering from insect bite, sunburns, itchy skin and eczema, then apply turmeric mixed with aloe-vera gel and you will see all of these heal in no time.
Fatigue and Body ache:
Heavy workout or a stressful day at work, bodyache or fatigue; drink a cup of golden or turmeric milk before going to bed. This super food is a saviour on such occasions.
Turmeric has a lot of medicinal benefits and uses. Some of these benefits include – controls diabetes, reduces liver damage, kidney problem, reduces bad cholesterol, anti-depressant, haemorrhoids, heart burns, aids weight loss, regulates blood pressure and the list is really long. But remember that the consumption of turmeric for medicinal reasons should be taken strictly under the supervision of a doctor. Please avoid following any content available online as you need to be sure of what your issue is and learn about the quantity of this superfood to be consumed. Maybe you don’t need turmeric for your medical issue.
Uses Of Turmeric For Your Skin:
Spot Treatment for Acne and Pimples:
Mix turmeric with honey or aloe vera gel and apply this mixture on acne and pimples. Do this spot treatment daily for two weeks for visible results.
Turmeric Face Mask:
Be it a DIY face mask or ready-to-apply face mask; add turmeric powder to face mask composition. Your face will feel soft, smooth and an extra glow.
Lip Scrub For Pigmented Lips:
Add (3/4 tbsp.) turmeric in (1-2 tbsp.) raw milk and mix the two ingredients well. Apply this paste on your lips and leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes. This will lighten pigmented lips and make them appear pink.
Scrub For Removing Dead Skin Of Lips:
Mix (3/4th tbsp.) turmeric with (1 tbsp.) vaseline. Take a toothbrush and dip it in this mixture. Gently exfoliate your lips using toothbrush for one to two minutes. This will remove the dead skin on your lips. This can also make your lips appear fuller.
This body scrub recipe is known as Ubtan in India. Mix (5 tbsp.) gramflour, (1 tbsp.) turmeric, (3 tbsp.) milk cream, (3-4 tbsp.) rose water and (3-4 tbsp.) raw milk. Mix the ingredients into a smooth paste without any lumps. Allow the scrub mix to rest for few minutes before using it. Before taking bath, apply this scrub on your body in circular motion with gentle pressure and let it dry for 5 minutes or so. Remove the scrub by making circular motions on your skin during shower. This scrub can make your skin dry so use a good moisturiser after bath. The benefits of ubtan include improved blood circulation, exfoliation, lesser body hair, smooth & supple skin, and so on. The bride-to-be apply ubtan daily one week before their wedding due to the high impact results of this body scrub.
Hair Care with Turmeric:
Turmeric is known for antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It cleanses your scalp and aids blood circulation. There are many recipes for turmeric hair pack but the simplest and most effective one is this one. Take (4-5 tbsp.) turmeric powder and mix milk in it. Add (2 tbsp.) aloevera and (2 tbsp.) honey to this paste. Apply this mask on your scalp and massage gently. Leave it on for 30 minutes followed with a good hair wash. This mask will fight hair fall, dandruff and stimulate hair growth.
Reduce Facial Hair:
Mix turmeric with gram flour. Add water and make a smooth paste. Rub this face scrub and wash it off with cold water. Do this for a month and you will notice a significant reduction in facial hair.
Heel Cracked Heels:
Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with some coconut or castor oil. Apply the mixture to the heels of your feet and let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this daily before taking a bath. The anti-inflammatory properties will soothe your heels. With time this treatment will repair and make your heels softer.
Turmeric has many more uses and benefits. I have penned down those benefits and uses which I have personal experienced. We hope that this blog inspires you to use more turmeric in your daily life. This herb is commonly found and is not an expensive one.
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