What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root Curcuma Longa and it’s part of the ginger family. This superfood recently got famous or should we say ‘viral’ in some YouTube beauty channels for its magical effects on the skin. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit people started consuming this superfood and you could see it in every other grocery store, retail store, and infinite amount of products in the form of gummies, supplements, powders, etc. Traditionally, Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic Medicine to heal wounds and treat skin issues, as it has antibacterial properties.
You can use turmeric as a mask by taking a pinch of turmeric, honey, and yoghurt, and applying it on the face and washing it off after 15 minutes. Using turmeric on the skin can help with treating hyperpigmentation and contains anti-bacterial properties fight off the dirt.
Turmeric has anti- inflammatory properties due to the presence of curcumin pigment, it helps in treating skin conditions and arthritis.
- Toss it with veggies.
- Make turmeric ginger tea.
- Make a juice with ginger + turmeric + carrot.
- Add it to your rice.
- Make a turmeric milk. (Used as an anti-inflammatory drink in the Indian subcontinent)
Turmeric has excellent antimicrobial properties which can treat gum disease (gingivitis) which causes bleeding and redness of the oral mucosa. Using Turmeric for oral health is simple, make a mouthwash by adding clove and pinch of turmeric powder and boiling it in water. Let it sit for a few hours and rinse.
Side Effects and Risks of Turmeric
Excessively using turmeric can have side effects and be risky for those with gallbladder issues, bleeding disorders, diabetic patients, GERD patients, and pregnant women. Consuming large doses of turmeric supplements can increase the urinary oxalate level, and increase the risk of kidney stone formation.
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-Written by Sushmita Majumdar