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Turmeric is the bright yellow spice most commonly used as the main ingredient in Indian curry dishes. According to food writer Tori Avey, turmeric has been used as medicine for more than 4 millennia. Avey says that Ayurveda medicine has been praising the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, as well as its ability to reduce inflammation, treat congestion, wounds, bruises and skin conditions such as smallpox and shingles.
And, although it goes great with eggs, soups and smoothies, turmeric can also be mixed with other ingredients to create topical ointments which can heal numerous conditions.
1 Heals cuts and wounds
Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The spice can prevent bacterial infections in open wounds, relieve inflammation and pain and help form new skin cells to close wounds. Apply turmeric powder directly on your wound or mix it with ginger paste or linseed oil to reduce the pain.
2 Facial cleanser and acne treatment
Mix ¼ of a teaspoon of turmeric, ¼ of a teaspoon of neem oil and 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil to create a face mask which can easily prevent acne breakouts. This is due to the anti-fungal properties of turmeric and neem oil. Leave the paste on for half an hour to heal acne scars and prevent skin breakouts.
3 Reduces inflammation
According to a WebMD article, curcumin has powerful properties which can reduce inflammation and swelling. Due to this ability, it can be used against inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, eye inflammation and gingivitis. Livestrong recommends drinking homemade turmeric tea to reduce inflammation – just boil 4 cups of water with a teaspoon of ground turmeric and simmer the tea for 10 minutes before straining it into a cup. Drink it while it’s warm.
4 Fights cancer
According to Cancer Research UK, curcumin has anti-cancer properties which can kill and prevent the growth of breast, bowel, stomach and skin cancer cells. Topical application of homemade turmeric ointment can treat skin, mouth and vulvar cancer, and you can prepare it by mixing some ground turmeric with Vaseline. Rub the skin cancer with the paste 3 times a day.
5 Eases psoriasis pain
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which causes red and itchy scabs on the skin. There are no known cures for the condition, but according to the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, applying a curcumin-based gel and avoiding allergens and dairy products for 16 weeks, along with the use of topical steroids and antibiotics can clear all symptoms of psoriasis. To make a turmeric paste, mix one part of turmeric with two parts of water in a saucepan.
6 Treats eczema
Jen of the Eczema Holistic Healing blog, used a simple homemade remedy made from a pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to treat the eczema around her mouth. The paste provided great results in just 1 day, and in 4 days, she was completely relieved of her flaky, cracked and irritated skin.
7 Improves your oral health and hygiene
Did you know that turmeric can improve your oral health? According to a study published in the Journal for Contemporary Dental Practice, turmeric is just as effective as any store-bought mouthwash in preventing plaque and gingivitis, while the anti-cancer properties of curcumin can also prevent oral cancer. To make your own turmeric mouthwash, simply stir some ground turmeric into warm water or dissolve 10 mg. of turmeric extract in 100 ml. of warm water and add peppermint for flavor. Turmeric for Health recommends a turmeric toothpaste made of 1 teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of mustard oil.
8 Decreases the aging signs
The Multicultural Beauty blog claims that turmeric is great for polishing your skin. A homemade recipe made of 1 tablespoon of chickpea or gram flour, ¼ of a teaspoon of turmeric and 2 teaspoons of milk will remove dead skin cells and slow down the formation of wrinkles, while also providing a beautiful glow to your face. Rub the mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes, then wipe the mask off with your fingertips and rinse your face with lukewarm water. In order to reduce wrinkles and age spots, use a mask of turmeric, gram flour, jojoba oil, lemon juice and milk.