3 Simple Turmeric Uses for Skincare, Cuisine, and Disease Prevention
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.
Natural Society staff contribution