Turmeric belongs to the ginger family, zingerberaceae which is a family of flowering plant. It has been used as a spice and as medicine for the centuries. It was known to indians from the ancient times, they use it for spice, medicine and religious purpose and India is the largest producer of turmeric in the world. It is also used for dying clothes. It has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and healing properties, which makes it one of the most used medicinal plant or spice. Active compound present in turmeric which is curcumin has many health benefits.
SKIN CARE :
Turmeric has been used for skin care for the centuries because it contains detoxifying and exfoliating properties. From the ancient times in India it is believed that applying turmeric on your skin gives you youthful and glowing skin. It also helps to reduce acne, blackheads, pigmentation and makes your skin firm. You should buy kasturi turmeric if you are using it externally but its non edible.
DIY TURMERIC FACE PACK :
THINGS YOU NEED :
- 1/4 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 gram flour
- 1 tbsp yogurt
- Mix all the ingredients well to make a smooth paste
- apply this paste on face and neck properly
- rest for 8-10 minutes
- wash your face with water
- apply this face pack twice a week to make your skin firm and glowing.
HELPS TO HEAL WOUNDS :
Turmeric has been used for healing cuts and wounds from the ancient times because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. When turmeric paste is applied on the wound or cut it helps to reduce inflammation, pain and kills the bacterial growth around the wound.
HOW TO HEAL YOUR WOUND FASTER :
THINGS YOU NEED :
- Turmeric powder or if you have raw turmeric you can simply crush it
- a bandage for wrapping
- Mix a little water in turmeric powder or crushed turmeric
- make a smooth mixture
- apply this mixture on your wound or cut
- wrap the wound with bandage
- keep this for 8-10 hours
- repeat this process for 2-3 days.
STRONG BONES :
Turmeric helps to make your bones stronger. It is also helpful for the person who has bone fracture because it helps to reduce stiffness and pain. Turmeric consumed on daily basis reduces the risk of osteoporosis, which leads to weaker bones. So if you want to make your bones stonger than start consuming turmeric. You can also make turmeric milk or smoothie.
TURMERIC MILK RECIPE :
THINGS YOU NEED :
- 1 glass of milk
- 1/3 tbsp of turmeric powder or little piece of raw turmeric
- 1/2 tbsp sugar ( if you are not diabetic )
- Add turmeric powder or raw turmeric in milk in a sauce pan
- put the sauce pan on low to medium flame
- add sugar ( again, if you are not diabetic )
- let it boil for about 8-10 minutes
- strain the milk and serve.
BOOSTS IMMUNITY :
Turmeric has anti- viral properties and is rich in antioxidants which helps to keep your immune system strong. If you consume turmeric on regular basis your body will be able to fight off diseases very easily plus it helps you to recover faster from any virus or flu.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT :
Turmeric can help in the process of weight loss because active compound found in turmeric which is curcumin ( it is an therapeutic bio active component in turmeric and also the pigment in turmeric comes from curcumin ). It helps to reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but it is just an supplement that supports weight loss. You have to excercise for about 30-40 minutes along with it.
Turmeric contains curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce inflammation and pain it also act as a natural painkiller. Turmeric is helpful in arthritis because it helps to reduce inflammation and pain in joints.
HELPS TO REDUCE DEPRESSION :
Turmeric can be helpful in reducing depression as curcumin found in it can treat inflammation related to mood disorders and helps to reduce anxiety and depression. Curcumin also helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
FULL OF NUTRIENTS :
Turmeric is rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, magnesium, fiber, potassium and iron. The main active compound which is curcumin has anti-cancer properties and also can fight with variety of diseases.
HOW MUCH TO BE CONSUMED IN A DAY :
Around 2-3 grams of turmeric can be consumed in a day.
SIDE EFFECTS OF EXCESS INTAKE :
- Upset stomach
- do not use consume turmeric if you have gallstones.