Turmeric is tasty and strong spice that is often used in many dishes. But, it is a powerful remedy as well and people are using it for 4.500 years. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory characteristics and is helpful for congestion, wounds, bruises and other skin issues like shingles and smallpox.
In addition, this spice can be used together with other ingredients for preparation of topical remedies and ointments which can treat various conditions from acne to cancer.
To Heal Cuts and Wounds
Turmeric is known for its powerful active ingredient-curcumin which has strong anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. This spice disables bacterial infections in open wounds, relieves inflammation and pain. It aids in the regeneration of skin cells that close the wounds. Combination of turmeric with flaxseed oil or ginger paste will relieve the pain.
Facial Cleanser and Acne Treatment
For this natural facial cleanser you will need ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1-3 drops of lavender or coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon of neem oil or free-range milk as an alternative. This mask is helpful in the prevention of acne since the turmeric and neem oil (or its alternative) has strong anti-fungal characteristics. Leave the mixture to work on your face for 30 minutes.
Curcumin diminishes inflammation and reduces swelling. This is the reason why turmeric has been used to treat inflammatory diseases, like Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, eye inflammation or gingivitis.
In order to diminish inflammation, you should consume homemade turmeric tea. Boil 4 cups of water combined with 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric. Simmer the tea for 10 minutes and then strain the liquid. Add ginger which will enhance the anti-inflammatory properties of this tea.
Curcumin has strong anti-cancer effects. It is very useful in killing cancer cells and disabling their development, especially in bowel, stomach, skin and breast cancer. You can treat skin, mouth and vulva cancers with the following turmeric ointment. Just combine turmeric powder with Vaseline and rub it on the cancer topically. Do this tree times a day.
Reduce Psoriasis Pain
Psoriasis could cause severe pain and irritation. Although there is no cure for this condition, there is hope thanks to a study. This study concluded that if you apply a gel made from curcumin for 16 weeks you will get rid of the psoriasis symptoms. The participants in this study didn’t eat dairy products and allergens, but continued using topical steroids and antibiotics. Make a dense paste by combining 1 part turmeric and 2 parts water in some saucepan.
You can use a simple homemade remedy. Combine a dash of turmeric and a spoonful of organic virgin coconut oil. Apply the resulting mixture on dry and flaking skin. You will notice the positive results in just one day. Within 4 days you will be free of flaking, cracking and irritated skin.
Improve Oral Health and Hygiene
Turmeric is very beneficial for the oral health and it has been acknowledged as an effective mouthwash that disables plaque and gingivitis. Thanks to its strong anti-cancer characteristics, this spice is valuable ally in the fight against cancer.
Add turmeric powder in warm water and prepare a mouthwash. Or, you can dissolve 10mg of turmeric extract in 100ml of water and add peppermint oil which will boost the flavor. In order to make a toothpaste you should use 1 teaspoon of turmeric, ½ a teaspoon of salt and ½ a teaspoon of mustard oil.
Reduce Aging Signs
Some people claim that turmeric is very beneficial for the skin. You should use the following recipe in order to fight against aging signs.
Combine 1 tablespoon of gram or chickpea flour with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and 2 teaspoons of milk. The flour will prevent the turmeric from staining your skin and assists to remove dead skin. Milk strengthens the skin and slows down the occurrence of wrinkles. Apply the mixture with a nice massage and leave it to work for 10 minutes. Wipe off the mask with your fingertips gently before washing your face with warm water.
You can also use the following combination: turmeric, gram flour, jojoba oil, lemon juice and milk. You will make your skin brighter, and hide your age spots and diminish the wrinkles.