We are surrounded by so many herbs and spices which have been used for thousands of years not only formedicinal or culinary benefits, but also for their cosmetics and aromatic properfties and we continue to discover more. The uses and benefits derived from most of these herbs and spices are many. Turmeric, is one of the many spices that have multiple uses and benefits.
Some Uses and Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is from the ginger family and looks a lot like ginger, except for its very powerful orange colour. It is also available in different forms; as a fresh root, dried root or powder and can be used in any of its form for medicinal purpose, to colour or flavour foods and drinks, and/or for cosmetics. As it will be next to impossibleto detail all its benefits and uses, we will focus on its use as natural remedy for some health conditions, for skin and hair care and for weight loss.
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- Turmeric have been used to manage or in some case, completely cure conditions such as arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Crohn's disease (inflammatory bowel disease) and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, haemorrhage, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, and fatigue. It is also used for headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, bronchitis, colds, diabetes, menstrual problems, lung infections, water retention, fibromyalgia, fever, worm, menopause problems, recovery after surgery, and cancers. It is a natural painkiller.
- Individuals with lichen planus, a skin condition that usually appears as a purplish, often itchy, flat-topped bumps, have benefited from the use of turmeric. Turmeric also helps to fight signs of ageing, skin tag, ringworm, itchy skin, membranes skin inflammation from radiation treatment, dark spots, skin whitening, skin wounds, acne scarring, dermatitis also known as eczema, redness, dry and wrinkled skin and fade stretch marks.
- Turmeric is used for scalp treatment to treat certain scalp conditions like dandruf, ringworm, eczema which can result in hair thinning, hair loss, itching and inflammation of the scalp.
- Including turmeric in your food helps accelerate your body metabolism rate causing you to burn a significant number of calories which is necessary for weight loss. Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol level and liver detoxification are essential for diet-induced weight loss efforts, turmeric can help the body achieve both, making it an ideal weight-loss supplement. It is also responsible for suppressing inflammatory messages in muscles, pancreas, and fat cells. So, while your body isn’t fighting inflammation, it can easily focus on reducing weight.