Open your spice cupboard and I bet you’ll find a jar of turmeric in there somewhere. It’s a staple in many kitchens, but did you know that there are many other uses for it too? In fact, you could do with keeping a jar in your bathroom cabinet too. Read on to find out more about five super little uses for the wonder stuff that is turmeric…
Use it to treat problem skin
Turmeric has amazing antiseptic and antibacterial properties which means that it’s able to fight breakouts helps to bring a youthful glow to your skin. Turmeric can also help to reduce the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands, which again means a complexion you can be proud of. Lastly, for dry skin, turmeric can also be used alongside other ingredients, so I think we have all bases covered there!
To make an acne fighting face mask, you need:
- turmeric powder
- sandalwood powder
- lemon juice
Mix the ingredients together and apply to the face. Leave for ten minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
To make a moisturising mask for dry skin, you need:
- 1 egg white
- 2 drops olive oil
- fresh lemon juice
- rose water
- pinch of turmeric
Mix all ingredients together and apply to dry areas on the face, neck, elbows and knees. Allow the mask to dry completely before washing off with warm water.
Use it to treat problem hair
Turmeric is fantastic for your hair too! We told you it was amazing. Because of its super powers, turmeric is able to help promote hair growth and treat problems with the scalp too.
To treat dandruff, you need:
- olive oil
Mix together and rub into the scalp before taking a shower. The mixture will work by increasing circulation in the scalp and providing nutrition to the hair follicles, so it needs to stay on for around 15 minutes. Wash hair with a natural shampoo for best results.
Use it to ease inflammatory pain in your joints
Turmeric has such strong anti-inflammatory properties that it can help to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and in some cases can delay the disease. When taken as a supplement turmeric can ease pain in your joints.
Use it to help manage your weight
Yes, really! Turmeric can help to manage weight loss because it improves your digestion. It can also help to reduce bloating from gas.
Use it to treat a cold
Turmeric has long since been used to treat colds and sore throats, and it couldn’t be easier to make this super little natural remedy. All you need is:
- half a teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- quarter of a cup of water
Mix all ingredients together well. Top the cup up with milk and either microwave or heat on the stove until the milk boils. Let the mixture stand for a few minutes, then add a spoonful of honey to taste. Mix, and re-heat for another few minutes. Finally, strain the mixture and drink.