September 15, 2014

Tip #40: Tremendous Turmeric

Turmeric- This spice has formed a part of Indian culture and tradition since times immemorial and is considered as an herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. Being the most widely used spice, it is often referred to as the ‘Indian saffron’ It has numerous health and also Cosmetic benefits. Smart Samayal Tips tells you its Wonders....

Cold Fighting Tea

1 part Turmeric Root (dry powder or fresh root)

1 part Ginger Root (fresh preferred)


Raw Local Honey

Chop ginger into little cubes/slices and boil the ginger (and Turmeric if it’s a fresh root) in water for 10 mins. Strain into a cup. Add a teaspoon of dried powdered turmeric and fresh squeezed lemon and honey to taste. Drink as often as you can/like in order to ward off any suggestion of a cold.

Uses of Turmeric:

  • Turmeric is said to prevent cancer and childhood leukaemia with the aid of its main component curcumin.

  • Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

  • Add some turmeric and pepper to milk, and let it boil for some time, and drink it when it is hot. Instead of sugar add Palm sugar/ Rock Candy. This would relieve throat soreness.

  • Smoke emitting from burnt turmeric serves as a strong expectorant and relieves nose blockage.

  • Turmeric has an anti-coagulant action, keeping the blood thin.

  • Turmeric prevents the formation of gas, particularly when it is added to a high protein meal.

  • Turmeric relieves inflammation of the tonsils and congestion in the throat.

  • Turmeric powder can be added to your salad dressing to provide them an orange-yellow hue. Turmeric root can also be used in salads. For this purpose, peel and chop fresh turmeric root and this can be added to any kind of salad.

  • Turmeric face mask not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces oil secretion by sebaceous glands. You can prepare a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and sandalwood powder and adding lemon juice to the mixture.

  • You can apply a mixture of turmeric and aloe vera gel on the burn and experience the wound heal in no time.

  • You can apply a mixture of 3 spoons of turmeric with a few drops of coconut or castor oil on your heels for 10 to 15 minutes before taking a bath. Doing this regularly will soften your heels.