Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Turmeric - Health Benefits

Turmeric belongs to ginger family and is scientifically known as Curcuma Longa. This is known to have lots of health benefitting properties.
Turmeric extract has been known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties, mainly present in curcumin – one of its active ingredients and is used in Ayurveda in a widespread way. 

Turmeric has anti septic properties and so can be used as a powder over cuts and bruises or scratches to stop the blood oozing as well as healing the wounds. The anti inflammatory properties will help in healing and alleviating the pain which the patients go through. 
You can drink a glass of milk daily with a little turmeric powder to increase the strength of the bones. This is particularly useful for women who have less bone density. 

Turmeric helps in the reduction of fats and helps you to reduce your body weight. This also helps improve blood circulation by purifying the blood if taken regularly.
Adding turmeric powder to your diet will help in liver problems, reduce the chance of leukaemia, reduces the risk of cancer by the prevention and blockage of the growth of malignant cells, in treating psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions and also in the  reduction of pigmentation.
Turmeric is an antispasmodic to smooth muscles and so it can be taken to relieve menstrual pains and cramps. Diet and standard of living have a great influence on the menstrual cycle but adding turmeric to your diet will reduce your cramps even if not able to clear it completely.
Beauty treatment with Turmeric
When mixed with cucumber or lime juice will hepl in reducing pigmentation problems.  
The stretch marks one gets after the child delivery can be lightened by using a paste of turmeric, milk cream or turmeric and curd. The mix has to be applied onto the marks and all over the stomach area for good result  

You can use turmeric as a face pack or a scrub too. Mix turmeric, gram flour, and milk cream ( for dry skin ) and just milk (for oily skin) and apply to your face. Leave it for 15 minutes or till it dries up. Wash it  or just lightly scrub it in rotary motions to remove the deacells completely. You face will get a natural glow if you do this regularly.
Hinduism believes that " "Turmeric gives the energy of the Divine Mother and grants prosperity of health. Turmeric is effectual for purification of the chakras, as well as purifying the path of the subtle body." So take turmeric in any way you like and it is sure to help you. 

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