Turmeric is one of the powerful herbs on the planet that has tremendous beauty and health benefits. You must have heard a lot of health benefits of turmeric like its anti-inflammatory action, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal quality, a potent antioxidant etc. But do you really know how to use turmeric to get these amazing benefits? God has certainly made everything available on this mother earth but we need to know how to exactly use it. Here are some of the best ways to use turmeric to improve health:
Turmeric tea is a great detox drink. It not only detox’s but also improves your immunity. To make turmeric tea, you need 1 cup water, ½ cup milk, 1-2 teaspoons turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1-2 tablespoon honey. Boil the cinnamon and turmeric in water for 5-10 minutes. Strain it if you wish (this can be skipped) in a cup and add milk to it. Finally add some honey to it and consume warm.
Turmeric milk is an effective remedy for severe cold, cough, sore throat, painful tonsils, mouth ulcers etc. You need 1/2 cup low-fat milk, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, pinch of black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 2 crushed cardamom pods. Combine milk and heat it over low flame. Once the milk is getting hot (not boiling), add all the ingredients to it. Now let the milk boil and turn off the flame. Add honey to it as per taste. Your homemade turmeric milk is ready now. Drink it daily in the evening or at night before going to sleep. Recipe for turmeric milk with benefits >>
Turmeric is such an amazing ingredient that it can be added in almost any smoothie. Although, take care you do not add too much of it or you will end up with bitter smoothie. Just a pinch or ½ teaspoon is more than enough. It is best mixed with little coconut oil before adding in any smoothie as it can neutralize the taste. Recipe for turmeric smoothie >>
BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH TURMERIC
This may sound a bit contradictory as turmeric stains and it is yellow; who wants yellow teeth? Well, it does not stain your teeth but whitens it naturally. Just take a small amount on you toothbrush and brush your teeth with it (obviously after regular brushing) for about 3-4 minutes. do this occasionally to naturally whiten your teeth. Recipe for turmeric toothpaste >>
USE IN FOOD
Turmeric is popularly used in dishes and it is the best way to add turmeric to your diet. You can use turmeric to add some zest to cooked vegetables, eggs, and meat dishes. You can also add it to boiling water you’re using to make pasta, rice, soups, and more.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO USE TURMERIC FOR HEALTH:
- A few dashes of turmeric can be added to most soups without changing the flavour; it adds a nice colour to soups and may help you fight a cold.
- You can sprinkle a pinch of turmeric directly on your salad or blend it into about any salad dressing, and the flavour will go largely unnoticed.
- Turmeric can be made into a paste with water or honey to make a skin scrub that cools inflammation and helps stop acne.
- People can even take turmeric as a supplement to help reduce inflammation and pain, especially those with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.