Known as the golden spice of India, it has been an integral part of our medicinal system for centuries. However, it’s being heralded world over for its super fantastic therapeutic values and the world is vying for their share of this heavenly goodness. For long this golden herb has adorned our kitchen cabinet and has been a go to fix for the most little problem, like a cut or bruise or the most bothersome cough and congestion. Largely due to its active bioactive content, curcumin, turmeric is credited with fighting inflammation, as a potent anti-oxidant, shielding the heart, combating arthritis, boosting immunity and elevating the brain health. There are endless ways to use of Turmeric, but here we are listing just 8 for you to kick start your love with this spice:
- Turmeric Latte
In just a few minutes you will be able to whip up a concoction that is no less than a heavenly mantra. The rock star turmeric, along with the aromatic ginger and the fragrant cinnamon, whirled with milk makes a delicious drink. Have it hot or cold and feel the surge of energy rush in your body. So, it’s time to say good bye to caffeinated drinks and say hello to health galore.
- Illuminating skin
Turmeric and beauty are hand in gloves since time immemorial. Known to be the queen’s favorite herb for purifying and brightening their skin, we still vouch for this golden goodness, to add endless glow to our face. Turmeric mask is an excellent exfoliating mask with simple ingredients available at home. 2 tsp of curd with a 1tsp of turmeric and 1tbsp of gram flour make a natural face mask that adds radiance to your face.
- Turmeric Broth
If having a stuffy nose, itchy throat and down on your energy levels, than turmeric broth is your punch of energy with amazing flavor. Take 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 cloves of minces garlic, ½ tbsp fresh ginger, ½ tbsp of apple cider vinegar,1/4 tsp of cumin, black pepper and salt. Simmer the mix in a saucepan, blend it and enjoy the healing powers of turmeric in a delicious way.
- Whiten and brighten your teeth
Looking for a bright radiant smile naturally, but ageing, poor dental hygiene etc are hampering your way? Though there are plenty of chemically loaded products in the market but nothing beats the effective affect of the golden goodness turmeric on our oral hygiene. Take1/4 teaspoon turmeric, mix it with 1/8 tsp of melted coconut oil; let it rest on teeth for 3-5 minutes, rinse and brush with your regular toothpaste. Notice the healthy results after a few applications.
- Kill the itching
Itching on the skin can be irritating, embarrassing and annoying; turmeric lets the distressing scratching take a back seat with its natural anti-inflammatory properties. A mix made with neem leaves, mustard oil and turmeric blended to a smooth paste and applied to the areas required, brings the much needed relief naturally.
- Save your Scalp
Don’t be surprised as there is nothing that this wonder spice does not look after. Your crowning glory needs a healthy scalp, which is very often affected by dandruff, eczema and other scalp conditions that result in hair fall. The prodigious turmeric when mixed with a small amount of honey and applied to the scalp, works wonders for hair growth and helps keep scalp infections at bay. Apply this mask, keep it on for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. The combo of turmeric and olive oil works marvelously to thwart dandruff. Apply this for some time and wash it off with lukewarm water every day and soon you are sure to make Rapunzel envious of your healthy locks.
- Dress your Salads
Healthy food never looks inviting or tastes great, unless you add a splash of colour. Remember we eat from our eyes first, so make your usual salads interesting and colorful by sprinkling turmeric and a dash of black pepper along with lemon juice and olive oil. It not only tastes great but looks scrumptious, especially for a beginner. Sprinkle the golden dust and live a healthy life.
- Add A Sprinkle To Everything
You read that right. Everything that goes on your plate could possibly carry that beautiful golden hue if you wish to. Talk about frittatas, oatmeal, and veggies sautéed or tossed. Anything that looks drab, boring and might need that colorful wallop, turmeric is what you might be looking for. The beauty of this humble spice is that it doesn’t have an overpowering taste but has plethora of powerful properties. Be rest assured that your kids will fall in love with their golden milk and yellow hued smoothies.
It is the most simple and easily available spice and it isn’t difficult at all to make it an intrinsic part of your life. Instill love for this age old spice in your kids just like grandma did and you sure will have a generation which will believe in nature’s goodness.
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