Turmeric is not just a nice, bright, strong spice used in many dishes. It has also been used as medicine for the past 4500 years. This spice has anti-inflammatory properties and can treat congestion, wounds, bruises, and other skin conditions, including smallpox and shingles.
Moreover, turmeric can be combined with other ingredients to make topical treatments and ointments in order to heal conditions from acne to cancer.
To Heal Cuts and Wounds
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral agent. Turmeric prevents bacterial infection in open wounds, eases inflammation and pain. Also, it helps the forming of new skin cells to close wounds. To reduce pain, mix turmeric with linseed oil or ginger paste.
Facial Cleanser and Acne Treatment
To prepare an organic facial cleanser, take ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1-3 drops of lavender oil or coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon of neem oil or choose free-range milk as a substitute for neem oil. The resulted face mask is good for preventing acne breakouts, because of the turmeric and milk/neem oil’s anti-fungal properties. Leave the paste dry on your face for half an hour.
Curcumin, the turmeric’s active ingredient can reduce inflammation and swelling. This is the reason why turmeric has been used to treat inflammatory diseases, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, eye inflammation, or gingivitis.
To reduce inflammation, start drinking homemade turmeric tea. Boil 4 cups of water with one teaspoon of ground turmeric. Leave the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes and then strain it into a cup. Also, you can add ginger to boost the anti-inflammation effect.
Turmeric’s curcumin has anti-cancer properties. It is effective in eliminating cancer cells and preventing their growth, particularly in breast, bowel, stomach, and skin cancer. To treat cancers of the skin, mouth and vulva, prepare a turmeric ointment. You need to mix turmeric powder with Vaseline and rub it on your cancer three times per day.
Reduce Psoriasis Pain
Psoriasis can be painful and irritating, especially when people fighting it know there are no known cures for it. Anyway, there is a hope, so don’t give up. According to a study, applying a gel made from curcumin for 16 weeks was effective for patients who completely cleared the symptoms. Also, these people avoided allergens and dairy products, but continued using topical steroids and antibiotics. Prepare a thick paste by simmering one part turmeric and two parts water in a saucepan.
Here is one simple home remedy: a dash of turmeric and a spoonful of organic virgin coconut oil. Mix these two ingredients and apply it on your dry and flaking skin. The difference will be visible just after one day, while after 4 days you will be relieved of flaking, cracking, and irritated skin.
Improve Oral Health and Hygiene
Turmeric is good for oral health. It is has been proven that this spice is as effective as a mouthwash for preventing plaque and gingivitis. Moreover, turmeric’s anti-cancer properties make the spice helpful for fighting cancer growth.
Stir turmeric powder into warm water to make your own mouthwash. Also, you can dissolve 10 mg of turmeric extract in 100 ml of water and add peppermint oil to enhance the flavor. To prepare toothpaste, use 1 teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of mustard oil.
Reduce Aging Signs
It is believed that turmeric is a great skin polisher. Here is one home recipe that you should include in your beauty routine if you want to fight aging signs.
Mix one tablespoon of gram or chickpea flour with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and 2 teaspoons of milk. The flour stops turmeric staining your skin and helps to shed dead skin. Milk firms the skin and decelerates the formation of wrinkles. Massage the mixture on your skin and leave it sit for 10 minutes. Gently wipe off the mask with your fingertips and then wash your face with warm water.
Another combination you can use is turmeric, gram flour, jojoba oil, lemon juice and milk. Your skin will be brighter, hiding age spots and reducing wrinkles.