Turmeric is so common in Indian kitchens but we still don't know the benefits it has. It is an antiseptic and anti oxidant. It has uses in beauty treatments. It also strengthens the bones. Read on to know more benefits of turmeric.
While many of us are aware of the
numerous benefits of this deep, exotic yellow spice, few incorporate turmeric in our daily use, other than sprinkling a little of it in our daal and
subzi. Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, has been used for healing
by Ayurvedic means, since time immemorial. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory
properties, and is an excellent antiseptic. In addition, it is great for
the skin. So before investing in an expensive beauty product, take a look
in your kitchen.
The turmeric you get in packets is
not the pure form, which is why it is best that you try and find someone
who supplies pure turmeric powder, or use the root and make your own paste.
Here are just a few of the various
benefits of turmeric:
Plagued with pigmentation? Turmeric
can help even out your skin tone and colour. Simply apply a little turmeric
mixed with cucumber juice or lemon to the affected area. Leave on for fifteen
minutes or more, and wash off. Do this everyday, and gradually you will
notice your skin colour returning to normal.
Drink a quarter glass turmeric juice
every night, with milk. The best way to have this is to take a 1/2
inch piece of turmeric and boil it with half a glass of milk. Once the
milk has turned yellow, remove from fire, let it cool slightly, and sip
this. This will cure numerous ailments. Women especially should drink this
every night, as it strengthens bones and reduces the risk of developing
Softens the Body
Turmeric is a wonderful body scrub,
which is why Indian brides apply a turmeric and gram flour (besan) mix
to their entire body, the morning of the wedding. It leaves your skin soft,
smooth and glowing. Of course, a single application will not really make
that much of a difference. Do this regularly, and watch your skin change
for the better - much better.
Makes the Skin Supple
If you are planning a pregnancy,
apply a mixture of turmeric and malai or turmeric and curd to your stomach
and waist before going for a bath. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, and
wash off. If desired, you could even apply this mixture after bathing.
After you have washed off the soap, apply the malai and haldi mixture,
leave it on for five minutes, and wash off only with water. Gently, wipe
your stomach with the towel. The sooner you start this routine, the more
supple and elastic your skin will become, and after giving birth, you will
not be left with unsightly stretch marks.
Inhibits Cell Damage
Turmeric is an excellent anti-oxidant,
which essentially means that it stabilizes unstable oxygen molecules. These
are known as free radicals, and are what cause damage to cells, leading
to ageing and various other diseases such as cancer.
Turmeric fights the bacteria that
causes diarrhoea, so the next time your stomach starts 'running', reach
for some haldi. German health authorities have officially declared turmeric
herbal tea to be a cure for loose stools.
All around the world you can now
avail of turmeric in the form of teas, capsules, tinctures, lotions, ointments
and powder. However, here, you have access to turmeric in its purest form,
so make the most use of it.
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