Turmeric is a very well known herb, used in every Pakistani and Indian kitchen everyday to prepare meals, nowadays turmeric has become a superfood, it is used in many cuisines, turmeric is used in beauty regimes to keep skin healthy and glowing, brides to be are slathered with turmeric paste everyday for one week in advance of their wedding, turmeric mask has been used since ancient times to beautify the skin. Where does turmeric come from, which is the correct amount to be used are the questions i here, I see people staining there skin by using the wrong amount of turmeric. So let’s get some information on turmeric and how it should be used.
what is turmeric
turmeric is a plant which is grown throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and the South Pacific, the scientific name for turmeric is curcuma, turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family, turmeric plants are about 1 metre in height which have oblong shaped leaves, the turmeric root is the rizhome that grows below the soil and matures, every year the plants are gathered to collect the rizhomes, rizhomes are brown on the outside and rough in texture, on average the rizhomes are 3 inches in length, the rizhomes have a bright orange or yellow coloured flesh on the inside, the rizhomes are used for the preparation of the turmeric powder, the rizhomes are dried completely and grinded into a very fine powder which is known as turmeric.
Types of turmeric
There are many types of turmerics, some sources say there are more than 30 types. Allepy turmeric which is commonly used in cooking consisting of a bright orange to yellow colour. Mango ginger is a type of turmeric which smells like a mango and the flavour tastes of ginger with a hint of mango, mango ginger is used in preparing pickles, salads and sauces. Wild turmeric is also known as amba haldi and kasturi manjal, it is most commonly used in the making of cosmetics and medicines, it is also added to food, wild turmeric has been used as a natural beauty product for many years. These are the few types of turmeric that are the most popular.
Health benefits of turmeric
There are endless health benefits of turmeric, the most amazing benefit is that it prevents cancer, turmeric stops the growth of existing cancer and destroys the cancer cells. Turmeric can be used to treat diabetes, it increases the effect of the medication which is used to treat diabetes, it helps to moderate the insulin level in the body. Turmeric is used to heal wounds as it is a natural antiseptic and has many antibacterial properties it is used as a natural disinfectant. Turmeric prevents liver disease, turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier, the liver detoxifies blood through the production of enzymes, these enzymes break down and reduce toxins in the body. Turmeric can help relieve arthritis, sources say that many people who consume turmeric experience relief from joint pains and also get relief from joint inflammation.
Beauty benefits of turmeric
Turmeric has been used for many years in the beauty regime, it has amazing benefits for the skin and hair, if you want to gain the full beauty purposes of turmeric then you need to use wild turmeric (amba haldi). Wild turmeric treats acne, it consists of antiseptic and antibacterial properties so it destroys the bacteria on the skin leaving your skin naturally clear and glowing. Wild turmeric lightens and brightens the skin, it is used as a face mask and a full body mask to lighten and brighten the skin and leaves your skin with a natural golden glow. Wild turmeric prevents wrinkles by improving the elasticity of the skin and stimulating the growth of new skin cells. Wild turmeric cures dandruff due to its natural antibacterial properties it can cure scalp problems such as itchiness and dandruff. Wild turmeric is known as an antioxidant, antioxidants take care of the skin by protecting the skin against the production of free radicals, these radicals cause damage to the skin cells leading to aging, the anti inflammatory properties of this spice help in cutting out inflammation by reacting with the impurities that have affected the skin.
remedy for acne
Add 1 tbls of gram flour to a bowl, add in 1 pinch of wild turmeric, Add in 3 drops of lemon and a tiny amount of Rosewater or milk to make a paste, it shouldn’t be very runny, leave on your skin for 10 mins it will start to dry, then lightly scrub your face, this will remove the dead skin cells helping your pores to become clear which will further prevent acne, it can also reduce facial hairs, then rinse it off with water, your skin will feel very smooth to the touch, let your skin dry, use a light toner and moisturise your skin using any moisturiser or oil which suits your skin type.
turmeric milk recipe
Add 1 cup of milk of your choice to a saucepan add in 1/2 tsp of turmeric, start mixing it, to this add a pinch of Himalayan salt and and a pinch of black pepper, let it come to a boil add in 1/2 tsp of coconut oil or ghee, mix it then turn the heat off and pour it into your mug, you can add honey, maple syrup or agave nectar or any sweetener of your choice if preferred. This is a turmeric milk recipe my mum used to make twice a week in the winter since I was young, it is known as golden milk these days, I have seen recipes with cloves and cinnamon, you can experiment with different spices if you like.
Turmeric is amazing for the overall health, wether it is Aleppy turmeric, mango ginger turmeric, wild turmeric or any other types of turmeric which I have not mentioned they all have their purpose and values, they are amazing for the health benefits that they consist of, so I am sure you will add turmeric into your diet and incorporate turmeric in your beauty regime. Is there any other way you would use turmeric? You can let me know in the comments below, take care of yourselves.