Turmeric is a bright yellow spice which has been labelled a super food by herbalists worldwide. The “golden spice of life” has been used in India for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal purposes. If you’re wondering whether you should try adding turmeric to your diet, check out turmeric’s top 7 uses:
- Adds flavour and colour to food – It’s the main ingredient in most curry powders and it’s also used to give chutneys and pickles (such as piccalilli) their yellow colour.
- Helps with digestion – Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant that stimulates the gallbladder to produce more bile which helps the body digest fat more easily.
- Acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory – Can be just as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs for people who suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s disease and arthritis. It can also soothe sprains, settle upset stomachs, stop diarrhea and reduce bloating.
- Makes teeth sparkle – When making homemade toothpaste, turmeric can be added as it’s a natural tooth whitener and it’s also good for reducing toothache and sensitivity. Some people choose to add it to their moisturisers as it can leave skin looking vibrant, help clear up acne and reduce the prominence of dark circles and stretchmarks.
- Repels insects – Rather than putting down chemical ant powder, turmeric can be used instead. Ants and other insects don’t like it and will retreat.
- Gets rid of dandruff – Massaging a paste made from turmeric and coconut oil or milk, onto the scalp and leaving for an hour or two before washing off, can rejuvenate dry skin and reduce the number of flakes considerably.