Turmeric : The analgesic properties ofturmeric have been known for centuries. Studies have shown that this yellow spice is three times more effective at easing pain when compared to aspirin or ibuprofen. Circumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, naturally wards off the production of cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme involved in releasing pain hormones.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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