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3 Simple Turmeric Uses for Skincare, Cuisine, and Disease Prevention

Anthony Gucciardi
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March 21st, 2012
Updated 11/03/2012 at 12:53 am
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Turmeric is widely regarded by many cultures to be one of the most beneficial health substances known to mankind. According to Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine system that translates to ’The Science of Life’, turmeric imparts three of the six essential tastes to food: bitter, astringent and pungent (salty, sour and sweet are the other three). Peer-reviewed research has also proven the many benefits of turmeric, with several studies showing that curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can actually reduce tumor size by 81%. Not surprisingly, turmeric uses go beyond the fighting of cancer.

In India, where turmeric is widely used in addition to being held to such high regard, also has the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world. This is no coincidence, as turmeric has been hailed by health experts for its powerful anti-Alzheimer’s (in addition to over 500+ other conditions) properties. Considered to be one of earth’s first-known spices, the relative of ginger can be used in a number of ways to enhance your health through tasty food, soothing homemade skin lotion, and even when consumed alone. Here are 3 simple yet powerful ways to introduce this healing spice into your daily lifestyle:

Turmeric Uses for Skincare, Cuisine, and Immunity

1. Turmeric Morning Shake

A great time to intake your nutrients for the day is shortly after you awaken each day, and turmeric is no exception. If you start your day off with a protein shake or green superfood drink, this presents an amazing opportunity to add in some turmeric. If available, liquid turmeric is particularly effective in mixing with these shakes. If you prefer a non-liquid meal for breakfast, try sprinkling or dropping 1/4 tsp on your morning eggs or vegetarian option. This can be done multiple times throughout the day, such as in your workout shake or even in your favorite juice or water drinks.

2. Homemade Turmeric Skin Cream

A popular one of the many turmeric uses, the spice can be used as an ingredient in skin-enhancing cream. Try this traditional skincare recipe from India that has been used to combat skin conditions like acne and promote overall healthy skin. Mix 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (or 1/2 tsp liquid turmeric) into 3 tablespoons of organic plain yogurt. Afterwards, rub the mixture all over your face and neck. Leave it on for a few minutes, and then wash it off — you’ll be met with a natural glow as a result. Amazingly, turmeric is the featured spice at Indian weddings thanks to its known beauty benefits.

3. Spice Up Your Soup or Vegetables

Here’s a delicious way of adding turmeric into your diet. Start by simply heating up (at a low temperature) a teaspoon of ghee or olive oil (use coconut oil if you intend on cooking with the mixture) in a small pan. Add in 1/4 tablespoon of turmeric, a little sweet paprika, and 1/2 tablespoon of cumin seeds. Once you hear the cumin seeds start crackling, which happens after only a few seconds and does not require you to actually fry or cook the ingredients, take the pan off of the stove or other cooking device. Now, pour the spiced ghee over some vegetables or soup to make a delicious meal that is also a powerful health booster.

Turmeric uses extend far and wide – don’t forget about this powerful spice.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail 3 Simple Turmeric Uses for Skincare, Cuisine, and Disease PreventionGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • Ali

    I believe that turmeric can be used to whiten the enamel on teeth. Brush with it, swallow it and then follow up with toothpaste. Am I correct to believe this?

  • http://meladermcreaminfo.com meladermcream

    Great content Anthony. I really like how you involved solutions, dose and dishes. Yes turmeric extract is the number one investigated item on the organic plan these days with more than 3000 professional research. By such as spice up with turmeric extract you not only improve its effectiveness 1000% you allow turmeric extract to be consumed. Taking frequent turmeric extract will not be as efficient as a turmeric extract mix. For me I add in spice up and calendula.

  • Maria

    Great article Anthony. I love how you included remedies, dosage and recipes. Yes turmeric is the number one researched product on the natural agenda these days with more than 3000 peer studies. By including black pepper with turmeric you not only increase its efficacy 1000% you allow turmeric to be absorbed. Taking regular turmeric will not be as effective as a turmeric mix. For me I add in black pepper and calendula.

  • Beverley Moore

    Useful info. :)

  • sandy beatty

    I take Ukon. Turmeric capsules (5) every day. They have helped me.

    • cindy

      how have they helped you?

  • Shawn Kilmer

    Turmeric's curcumin is 1000% more effective if combined with black pepper.

    • Penelope

      Shawn's information is very interesting, but how does he know that?

  • scott

    This might be a silly question but if turmeric turns my fingers yellow when I get some on my hands, what colour "natural glow" will my face have after using it as a face cream?

  • http://roosterpolitics.blogspot.com sherman

    MY DIABETIC MORNING HIGH IS ALWAYS BETTER IF I USE TURMIC BEFORE I GOT TO BED. IT HELPS WITH PAIN TOO.

  • http://www.naturalhealthsherpa.com Arvin @ Natural Heal

    This is really useful information. Thanks for spreading the word about turmeric. You might also be interested in reading this:

    http://naturalhealthsherpa.com/curcumin-turmeric-

  • http://naturesnurtureblog.com Sarah @ Nature'

    Amazing stuff! And such easy and simple ways to use it! I usually have turmeric in the spice cabinet but never thought to use it that much, definitely not on my face – very excited to try it :)

  • johnny

    thanks for your time and effort,a great article

  • Sue DeLongpre'

    Learning more about Tumeric!!