The following 5 turmeric benefits will change the way you look at this unique herb.
Turmeric is the spice I use the least. Ever since I learned of its cleansing properties, I put a few dashes into my morning tea water with the juice of half a lemon. However, besides this particular ritual, turmeric is relatively lacking in my life. But it shouldn’t be! Turmeric bears incredible lifestyle benefits that are both practical and game changing in the realm of health.
Are you using turmeric for these benefits?
1. Make Meat Safer
Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are formed when chicken and meat are cooked at high temperatures. HCA is linked to higher rates of cancer. Researchers at Kansas State University found that the addition of spices to meat, including turmeric, may lower the amount of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) in the meat by as much as 40 percent.
2. Teeth Whitener
It may seem counter-intuitive to use turmeric to whiten teeth, as turmeric is known for its dyeing capabilities, but it’s true! Mix enough turmeric powder with enough water to create a paste. Brush into teeth and rinse. Turmeric fights plague, is anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. Plus, the turmeric isn’t on your teeth long enough to color them; however, your surrounding skin is much more absorbent and susceptible to coloration, so keep the turmeric in the mouth.
3. Get Rid of Dandruff
Rumor is that turmeric makes for a great dandruff remedy by improving the condition of the scalp. Mix turmeric and an olive oil of choice. Massage into scalp and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. Wash and style per usual.
4. Treat a Sick Stomach
Research points to turmeric’s positive influence on an upset stomach. To treat an upset stomach, take 500 milligrams of turmeric four times per day.
5. Dye Easter Eggs
Why go artificial, when you can go au naturel with just-as-stellar results? With Easter right around the corner, learn how you can go eco during this holiday. Dissolve turmeric in warm water and dip eggs just like you would into the regular solution.
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