Common Household Remedies Made with Turmeric
Turmeric has been hailed as a wonder compound for many thousands of years on its native subcontinent of India. A primary component of one of their staple spice mixes (curry), it’s no wonder that turmeric is so popular. Its properties for treating ailments, though, have been touted for nearly as long as the spice has been used for culinary purposes.
What Makes It Healthy?
Turmeric is a spice that’s rich in nutrients and minerals; one of the main compounds that makes it amazing are called curcuminoids. Curcuminoids have been touted to inhibit inflammation, gallstones, ulcers, and reduces bad microflora. There is mounting evidence that curcumin can inhibit some cancers, as well as helping with muscle growth and regeneration, reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). The spice can also help with depression and mood disorders, and help with problems associated with obesity. What most people don’t know is that it can be used in other ways to benefit your health as well, aside from just eating it!
Turmeric Face Mask
Making a turmeric face mask with your favorite inert face cream can really make a difference if you have a problem with acne or inflammation on your skin. As turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation, having a soothing face mask can really make a difference. Turmeric also plays well with others, so consider adding honey to your face-rejuvenating mix. Honey is a natural antibiotic and can reduce the bacteria on your face. Combining it with the inflammation-reducing effects of turmeric can have a nearly immediate effect in soothing and calming your skin.
By adding a slight abrasive agent, you can also make it into a facial scrub for everyday use, which will help keep your skin inflammation free. People with eczema and psoriasis also use this remedy, and many notice a reduction in symptoms. Don’t worry, as turmeric doesn’t stain the skin, although you might want to keep an older towel around for wiping your face, just in case! If you really want to turn up the properties, try crushing up (very finely) some black pepper and adding to the mixture. We don’t recommend that on the face, though, as the black pepper could be a problem if you have sensitive skin.
Extra Yellow Cough Medicine
By adding about 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder to 8 ounces of honey, you can make a great and natural cough medicine. Try to get the darkest natural honey you can find. Darker honey has more antioxidants, so it’s much better for the purpose. The turmeric and honey combination will soothe the throat and reduce inflammation. Administer four to five times a day, and a half a teaspoon for every twenty-five pounds of weight is a good dosage regimen, up to two teaspoons for an adult dose. Remember, since honey has microorganisms which can make babies younger than one year old sick, it’s not a great idea to give such a remedy to them. This is also a good remedy for sore throats, again reducing inflammation.
Turmeric oil is great for a lot of things, including helping with arthritis and joint pain and inflammation. It’s antiseptic and can reduce cracked and scarred skin, such as on the feet or joints. It’s an excellent hydrator and can be applied directly to the area you want to help heal, and it lasts quite a long time.
To make your own turmeric oil, first make a paste of turmeric by combining a quarter-cup of turmeric powder, half a cup of filtered water, and half a teaspoon of finely ground black pepper.
Mix the turmeric and water and cook on medium heat, not boiling at all, until the raw turmeric smell goes away, then add in the black pepper.
Finally, add in one cup of coconut oil. Mix thoroughly, again cook until the raw smell goes away, and strain it into a glass jar.
Store turmeric oil in a cool, dark place—your refrigerator would be perfect! It can be an amazing and quick remedy and is widely used in India for many skin ailments.
Use Turmeric in Your Own Home Remedies
Remember, while you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, there is no reason that you can’t add turmeric into your own home remedy! Considering the great benefits, there are many ways that you can help your own health. Creams, teas, poultices, compresses, oils, essential oils, pastes, mixes, you name it, turmeric can be in it! Combined with other beneficial substances, you could have an anti-inflammatory powerhouse remedy on your hands! Drop us a line and let us know how you use turmeric in your home remedies!