WHAT IS TURMERIC GOOD FOR? HOW TO APPLY TOPICALLY FOR GREAT EFFECT!

Our answer to the question WHAT IS TURMERIC GOOD FOR has us grabbing our pom-poms and bursting into a cheer… SO MANY THINGS!

 • Turmeric is anti-inflammatory
• Turmeric is an antioxidant
• Turmeric is antibiotic
• Turmeric aids metabolism
• Turmeric supports weight management
• Turmeric is antiseptic
• Turmeric aids arthritis
• Turmeric helps heal stomach ulcers
• Turmeric soothes coughs & asthma
• Turmeric gives you glowing skin
• Turmeric lowers cholesterol
• Turmeric speeds wound healing

The Makeup Of Turmeric Tells You Why

The makeup of Turmeric is roughly:

• 70% carbohydrates
• 7% protein
• 4% minerals
• At least 4% essential oils
• Plus other alkaloids
• And is about 1% resin.
• It also has numerous vitamins, with over 300 naturally occurring components including:
• Beta-carotene
• Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
• Calcium
• Flavonoids
• Fiber
• Iron
• Niacin
• Potassium
• Zinc
• And the compound linked to its most highly regarded health effects… CURCUMIN.   


Turmeric for Your Internal Body

We are always singing loudly about how Turmeric combats inflammation, and we are not the only ones!

Turmeric is the favorite secret weapon of many athletes and those who incorporate exercise into their daily lives. The reason we use it in ALL our teas and blends, is because it is famous for reducing inflammation in our joints and body systems.

No matter what level you are at in your exercise regimen, those from newbies to top athletes can hurt after a workout. Pushing our bodies beyond their regular limitations of exercise will cause this pain, which is a natural result from making your body do more than it’s been required to before. That said, a little pain is to be expected, and is a good sign that your body is working just right!

If you love exercise, but tend to overwork yourself during a run or your favorite spin class, or even lifting light weights, turmeric will go to work right away to prevent chronic inflammation from settling into your joints and muscles. Plus, it will speed the recovery process faster.

What’s even more exciting is that taking Turmeric before a workout can help prevent muscle fatigue and damage! This is great news for those just embarking on a new, or someone who may be in training for a professionally competitive event.

To read more about this, click here. 

Turmeric for Your Joints:
Arthritis Inflammation

Turmeric is not only for those of you who are active – it also helps with inflammatory ailments that can render people sedentary! 

Many scientific studies have successfully proven the incredibly healing effects that Turmeric and its anti-inflammatory ingredient Curcumin have on the pain and inflammation caused by Arthritis.

The results from some of these studies show that:

Bioflavable forms of Curcumin had a greater effect in reducing pain and inflammation in the joints of R.A. patients than traditional medications did. There was a greater decrease in the amount of destruction to affected joints in those taking Curcumin, than there was for those who were taking prescription medications. Patients taking Curcumin instead of Ibuprofen for knee pain due to Osteoarthritis reported a larger decrease in pain walking long distances or up and down stairs, compared to those that took Ibuprofen. There was less residual damage in other areas of the body and organs for those patients that took Curcumin than there was for those taking Ibuprofen, in Osteoarthritis patients.

Even before we had access to scientific evidence proving the firefighting properties of Turmeric, we knew just from history and stories, that some cultures have been using Turmeric successfully for thousands of years to treat any manner of health issues...long before these diseases had names or had been studied formally.

To read more about the effect of turmeric on arthritis, click here.

You Can Also Apply Turmeric Topically for Muscles & Joints

HOW TO: make your own budget-savvy, neutral and anti-toxic paste to apply externally for its anti-inflammatory effects.

• Make a mix of turmeric powder with enough water to create a paste.
• Gently warm it just a bit, so that it feels good and is readily absorbed by the skin.
• Apply to the joint pain and the surrounding areas, to alleviate the pain and swelling. Rub in gently but firmly, to distribute the warmth.
• Apply to the muscles for a wonderfully relaxing and pain-relieving effect. Rub in gently but firmly.
• Allow to set, and wrap in some gauze.
• Try not to wash it off for at least 6 hours
• Do this 2ce daily if possible, for around 5 days.
• Remember to take note of the level of pain, so that you can feel that blissful joy of seeing how well this works!
 
NOTE: It will stain the skin for a few days, so keep this in mind.

Be sure to use an old towel underneath the area you are treating, and be sure not to get any on your clothes (turmeric is also used as a fabric dye – it does not wash out easily)! 

Turmeric for Your External Beauty!

Turmeric Fights the Signs Of (Unhealthy) Aging


While we are absolutely not on the anti-aging bandwagon, we do believe that a clear, calm skin is a sign of a healthy body and spirit :).

Because it is such an excellent exfoliating agent, turmeric can help eliminate signs of aging. Turmeric powder has been used for centuries as a part of a beauty regimen.

Make your own exfoliating paste!


• Mix besan (gram flour) and turmeric powder in equal proportions with water.
• Apply it evenly on your face and body
• Allow it to dry.
• Scrub your face gently in circular motion.
• Rinse off with lukewarm water.
• Pat skin dry gently.

Turmeric Treats Pigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone:

Regular application of turmeric evens the skin tone and prevents discolouration.  To diminish pigmentation and dark spots:

• Make a mixture of turmeric powder with enough lemon juice to make a paste.
• Apply to the affected area for 20-30 minutes.
• Wash off gently, with plain warm water.
• Pat skin dry gently.

Turmeric Helps Combat Acne:

Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which fight pimples and breakouts.

You can prepare your own face pack:

• Mix turmeric powder with a touch of sandalwood powder.
• Add lemon juice to the mixture.
• Apply it on your face for 10 minutes.
• Rinse off with lukewarm water.


Turmeric Helps With Acne Scars:

Soothe your scars with a simple turmeric paste:


• Apply a mixture of turmeric and plain water on the marks.
• Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
• Rinse off with lukewarm water.
• Pat skin dry gently.
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The remedies above should be done regularly for beneficial results!

Read more about Turmeric for skin beauty here. 

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