Everybody knows that eating as much unprocessed, organically grown food is possible for optimal health. One frequently overlooked way to enhance and optimize health with organically grown food, is the use of herbs and spices – unprocessed and organic, of course.
The amazing benefit of these herbs and spices is that they are very low in calories, while being dense in vitamins and minerals. Herbs and spices promote health and well-being in your entire body, not just in a particular area. Even our foods would be pretty dull without herbs and spices.
One of these spices, which is very inexpensive, bitter-tasting and may have health benefits for nearly every system in the body, say some nutritionists. This magical spice is:
History of turmeric
Turmeric is native to Indonesia and Southern India, where it has been harvested for more than 5,000 years. It has served an important role in many traditional cultures, namely the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia.
The Arab traders introduced it in Europe in the 13th century. Recently, it has been introduced in Western cultures, thus highlighting the research to therapeutic properties.
Turmeric is commonly known as” Indian Saffron” or” Haldi’. It has a deep yellow-orange color. Turmeric is used as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.
Turmeric comes from the root of “Curcuma Longa” plant and has a brown skin. It has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor.
Turmeric is an excellent source of both Iron and Manganese. It is a good source of Vitamin B 6, dietary fiber and Potassium.
Turmeric is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicines as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual problems, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain and colic. The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models.
“Turmeric is one of the most potent, natural anti-inflammatories available.” (Dr. Randy J. Horwitz – the Medical Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine)
Osteoarthritis Pain Relief
Some reserved has shown that taking turmeric extract, can ease the pain of Osteoarthritis.
Indigestion and Heartburn
Curcumin works with the gallbladder to stimulate it to make bile and hence help digestive problem.
Turmeric also may help upset stomach, bloating and gas.
Curcumin may also help prevent the build-up of Plaque that clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Turmeric is a very powerful antioxidant. Turmeric combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explain why many people with joint disease, find relief when they use the spice regularly.
Curcumin also helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells, so preventing them to spread through the body and cause more harm.
Curcumin enhances liver functions. Studies have linked the use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, lungs, colon cancer and tumor forming.
Impact on Diabetes
Studies suggest that taking turmeric daily can cut down the number of people with pre-diabetes who develop diabetes.
Tips For Natural Beauty – Amazing Turmeric Benefits For Youthful Skin And Great Hair
Ten (10) Benefits of turmeric for skin and hair
1. Anti-bacterial agent – It has been used for generations as an anti-bacterial agent. Turmeric is used to heal small cuts and burns. Turmeric heals wounds and helps to keep bacterial infections at bay.
2. Anti- Aging – Turmeric provides a great relief to aging skin. Haldi (turmeric) paste and powder, for many years have been a part of the beauty regimen. Even to-day brides celebrate “Haldi ” as a ceremony where haldi paste is applied over faces and body. Haldi paste if mixed with equal amounts of gram flour (Bessan) and raw milk makes a great exfoliate and makes skin glow.
3. Facial Hair Control – If applied daily, it has been noticed that turmeric helps to slow the growth of facial hair which is a problem faced by many women.
Recipe:- Mix 1/4 tablespoon of haldi with 1 teaspoon of gram flour, add water to form a paste, leave it on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse. If used regularly, you will start to see the difference in a month.
4. Fight Acne – Turmeric takes care of inflammation, which makes one of the best natural ways to fight acne.
5. As an excellent exfoliator – Turmeric is a great natural exfoliator for the skin and when mixed with sandal wood paste and orange, it is wonderful for exfoliating the skin and thus removing all dead cells.
6. Cracked Heels – You can use turmeric to cure cracked heels. Apply a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil and turmeric powder on cracked heels, preferably 15 minutes before heading for your bath. You will notice afterwards, how your heel have become smooth.
7. Moisturiser for Your Skin – Haldi with honey form a lovely mixture for dry skin.
Recipe:- Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of turmeric and apply to your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
8. Lighten Pigmentation – If you have pigmentation or discoloration, then using turmeric will surely help. Turmeric is said to lighten pigmentation and even skin tone.
9. Controls Oily Skin – Women with oily skin will love this treatment. Form a mixture of pure sandalwood paste, turmeric and a bit of orange juice – leave it for 10 minutes. Once the mask dries off, use warm water to rinse.
10. Lighten Stretch Marks – Turmeric can help lighten stretch marks. A mixture of turmeric and yogurt to lighten the marks and even out your skin tone.
Please note that for all natural preparations, you must use them on a regular basis to see the desired benefits for both your skin and hair. You will be surprised and amazed to see the wonders of that magical boon of nature.
Tips For Preparing and Cooking
Be careful when using turmeric since its deep color can easily stain. To avoid a lasting stain, quickly wash the area with which it has made contact, with soap and water. To prevent your hands from staining, you might consider wearing a pair of kitchen gloves while handling turmeric.
Finally, researchers, nutritionists and scientists have come to the conclusion, the more research you do on turmeric, the more you discover the amazing healing properties of this wonderful spice.
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