Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the distinctive yellow-orange spice that lends flavor to curries and other ethnic dishes, may do a lot more than jazz up food.
Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healers.It is an antiseptic and anti oxidant. It has uses in beauty treatments. It also strengthens the bones.
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
- Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
- Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Turmeric can help even out your skin tone and colour. Simply apply a little turmeric mixed with cucumber juice or lemon to the affected area. Leave on for fifteen minutes or more, and wash off. Do this everyday, and gradually you will notice your skin colour returning to normal.
- Turmericis a wonderful body scrub, which is why Indian brides apply a turmeric and gram flour (besan) mix to their entire body, the morning of the wedding. It leaves your skin soft, smooth and glowing. Of course, a single application will not really make that much of a difference. Do this regularly, and watch your skin change for the better – much better.
- Turmeric stimulates the production of gastric mucus, making it useful in assisting digestion and protecting against ulcers.
- Turmeric is useful in weight management. Because it stimulates the metabolism of fat, turmeric has been found useful for combating obesity and promoting healthy weight loss.