Turmeric is a versatile spice, widely used in the culinary world as well as for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. While its antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help in improving your health and skin, its yellow gives a bright tint to curries and Easter eggs. But there’s more. Here are the lesser known ways of using this wonder spice:
- Treat Dandruff: Turmeric naturally cleanses the epidermis that forms on the scalp, and prevents its further growth with improved blood circulation. Apply a mixture of turmeric and olive oil on your scalp, leave it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off. You can substitute olive oil with coconut or jojoba oil.
- For That Natural Glow: Add a pinch of turmeric to your moisturizer for a natural glow. Doing so will also keep your skin healthy, and bacteria-free.
- Tame Swimmer’s Ear: It soothes swimmer’s ear by forcing water out of the ears, and reducing inflammation. Add turmeric to warm garlic oil and introduce it in the problem area.
- Treat Sprains: Turmeric reduces sprains and mild swelling, and also relieves pain. Make a mixture of 2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp salt and ¼ cup water and mix well. Apply it on the affected area and wrap a cloth over it. Leave it on for 20 minutes for pain relief.
- Bake Cakes: While cinnamon is the more commonly used spice in desserts, don’t shy away from trying turmeric as well. It will render a soft color and an earthy flavor to tea-time cakes.