6 uses for turmeric outside the kitchen

Turmeric is a popular spice used in most Indian cooking. But, besides adding flavour to our food it can also be used to treat dandruff, an upset stomach, skin conditions and a host of other ailments. So remember that turmeric need not only be used in curries, it can be used outside the kitchen as well. We list out some of its uses.

Boosts Immunity: Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant, which could help boost immunity, maintain normal cholesterol levels and slow down the ageing process. Some studies suggest that curcumin can enhance antibody responses.

Powerful antioxidant: Free radicals are responsible for causing chronic illnesses like cancer and other degenerative diseases. Curcumin can help fight free radicals and kill of viruses and bacteria, which can harm the immune system.

Fights liver disease: Some research suggests that turmeric maybe effective in treating chronic hepatic diseases.

Controls diabetes: Turmeric can help moderate insulin levels by improving glucose control and helping to reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent type-2 diabetes.

Heals wounds: Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can be used to treat cuts, wounds and burns. Turmeric can also be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Combats wrinkles: Turmeric when combined with other ingredients can be used to treat wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.

Lightens stretch marks: Turmeric should be mixed with gram flour and yoghurt and made into a paste and this mixture should be applied regularly on stretch marks to lighten them.

Gets rid of facial hair: If you are trying to get rid of facial hair make a paste of besan flour and turmeric and use it as a facial scrub. Over time you will notice a marked difference.

Treats cracked heels: If you want to treat cracked heels, apply a mixture of coconut oil and turmeric powder on cracked heels and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water and soap for soft, smooth heels.

Beverley Lewis

Beverley Lewis has a deep curiosity about healthy living, in which she occasionally dabbles. She is a vegan for both health and ethical reasons, but does not believe in foisting her opinions or lifestyle on anyone else. She enjoys writing on health and fitness and often wishes she had a magic carpet to travel around the world.

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