Posted by on 12/18/2014

Benefits of Turmeric

The benefits of turmeric are numerous – this spice has quite a reputation for its health-boosting properties, benefiting everyone from diabetes patients to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric has properties that might fight cancer, protect the brain, and decrease joint pain. It’s also shown to protect skin cells from free radicals and ward off fine lines and wrinkles. Applying the spice topically also aids in warding off acne and eczema.

The most delicious way to boost your turmeric intake is to whip up hearty Indian curries and Asian stir-frys that rely on the spice for its warm flavor. You can also talk to your doctor about adding a turmeric capsule to your daily vitamin regimen. If unlocking the spice’s beautifying properties is what you’re after, go the do-it-yourself route and mix a beauty mask in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a great recipe:

Turmeric Beauty Mask

Whip together 1/4 cup yogurt with 1-2 tablespoons of honey. Sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric and gently apply to a freshly cleaned face. Leave the mask on while you indulge in a long bath – or for at least 15 minutes until the mixture dries. One note of caution: For the fairer-skinned among us, the bright yellow hue of turmeric may temporarily stain your skin. To combat this, rinse the mix off earlier or gently scrub with moisturizing coconut oil after your rinse.

Easy Ways to Reap the Benefits of Turmeric

There are many ways to add turmeric into your everyday life in order to benefit from this incredible spice. Here are some easy examples:

  • Add a dash to your eggs, omelet, scramble or a frittata.
  • Sprinkle onto a rice dish.
  • Drizzle onto thinly sliced cauliflower to caramelize, adorned with minced garlic, sea salt, and olive oil. Roast at 450˚ for 30 minutes.
  • Simmer turmeric with your wholesome milk of choice and a dab of honey for a immune boosting tonic.

How do you enjoy turmeric? Please share in the comments below if you use turmeric to inspire your food or your eco lifestyle!

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