Turmeric is a spice that has been used to add flavor and color to a variety of dishes. In the recent years, the spice has been climbing off the shelves of cooking and landing into other categories. Turmeric has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments and even as an ingredient of many beauty products. The reason? Turmeric benefits are wide-ranging.
15 Turmeric benefits that prove its wide-range action
Turmeric is a well-researched substance that challenges many medications and supplements. It has been used for ages in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda due to its far-reaching benefits, while the side-effects are practically non-existent.
The big chunk of turmeric benefits has to be attributed, nonetheless, to one single of its components: the curcumin, which is known for it’s anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory properties. There is only a small concentration of it in turmeric, but it’s more than enough to make its presence noticed.
The main turmeric benefits are the following:
1. Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling in joints.
2. Anti-oxidizing properties help promote healthy skin.
3. Detoxifying helps promote proper digestive functions.
4. Also helps to boost overall liver function.
5. Helps reduce the risk of cancer.
6. Regulates blood sugar levels.
7. Helps prevent blood clots.
8. Helps relieve pain in muscles and joints.
9. Balances cholesterol levels.
10. Helps reduce the risk of mental illness.
11. Boosts overall mental health.
12. Boosts overall brain functions.
13. Elevates mood through improved health.
14. Helps treat strep throat infections.
15. Reduces allergy symptoms.
Only a rare few individuals have problems using the root. These issues are usually the result of an allergy or genetic defect that prevents them from enjoying turmeric benefits.
Who can benefit from turmeric?
Absolutely anyone can benefit from using turmeric in their diet or beauty regiment. You don’t need to have health problems to want to stay healthy. You don’t need to have bad skin to want your skin to glow. Turmeric is for everyone who wants to truly see the benefits.
Of course, there are ideal individuals who could benefit more from the intake of turmeric than others. This plant can be of particularly good use for people suffering from:
- Degenerative joint/bone disorders
- Chronic pain
- Sciatic nerve damage
- Digestive disorders
- High cancer risk
How to use turmeric
Now that you know what turmeric does and who needs it, you can see the benefits for yourself. There are many different ways you can use turmeric in your daily routine, such as:
- Turmeric tea (recipe below)
- Flavoring for eggs
- In soup
- Over rice
- Sprinkled on roasted vegetables
- Sprinkled onto lettuce or leafy greens
- In a smoothie
- As a supplement
Really, you can mix turmeric into any recipe!
Turmeric tea recipe
Tea is a popular beverage choice for the health-conscious. And if it is a glass of turmeric tea, even better. Below is a quick recipe for making this tea at home so you can enjoy all the benefits turmeric has to offer.
- Coconut milk: 1 cup;
- Water: 1 cup;
- Honey: 1 tablespoon;
- Turmeric: 1 teaspoon;
- Butter: 1 teaspoon.
1. Combine milk and water in a saucepan.
2. Let the liquids warm, stirring.
3. Mix in the butter, honey and the turmeric and stir.
4. Let sit for 2 minutes.
5. Stir again.
6. Pour into glass.
*Hint: This recipe makes 2 cups of tea. If you’re only making 1 cup, cut the ingredients in half.
DIY turmeric face mask
An alternative way to experience the benefits of turmeric is actually as an exfoliating face mask.
You can turn the powder into a paste and use it in addition to your regular face mask or replace your current one. Using a turmeric face mask is a great way to reduce any inflammation as well.
- Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon;
- Apple cider vinegar: 1/2 teaspoon;
- Honey: 1 tablespoon (organic, all-natural);
- Yogurt or milk: 1/2 teaspoon;
- Lemon juice: 1-3 drops of fresh juice.
1. Mix ingredients together in a bowl until getting a paste-like consistency.
2. Wash face & hands thoroughly.
3. Apply the paste to face (avoiding any contact with the eyes).
4. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water to remove the paste.
6. Cover any leftover paste and simply store it in the fridge for the next use.
7. Repeat twice a week.
Before applying the mask to your face, ensure you do a patch test on your arm or leg. This will give you the chance to see if your skin is going to react negatively. Some people do report an allergic reaction to turmeric when it’s applied to the skin.
The side-effects of turmeric
Unfortunately, nothing good comes without any side-effects. On a brighter side, the side-effects of turmeric are generally uncommon. It’s still a good idea to know, so keep an eye out for:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Digestive issues (upset stomach, diarrhea)
If you are pregnant, you can still eat turmeric or enjoy a turmeric tea. However, supplements and large amounts of turmeric can have a negative effect on the pregnancy. Likewise, it can also interfere with the effect of some medications. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned before taking any turmeric supplement and check the video below to find out about other 5 side-effects of turmeric.