Homemade Turmeric Remedies

The number of ways by which you can use this humble herb is astounding. Turmeric can be used to make homemade soaps, toothpaste, and dye for arts and crafts projects. You can even use it to make temporary tattoos! Below are three turmeric products that you can make at home.

Turmeric Face Pack

Using an ingredient so pungent and stain-inducing to improve the skin’s appearance may sound counterintuitive, but, in fact, turmeric can be made into different kinds of face packs to deal with specific skin problems. Even famous celebrities, such as the actress Thandie Newton, have shared that they use turmeric in their makeup and in their moisturizer. Try this recipe for a turmeric face pack to both moisturize and exfoliate the skin.

What you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cream or curd
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • A drop of sandalwood oil
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • A small bowl

Instructions for making and using your turmeric face pack:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Wash your face with lukewarm water and then dry it with a soft towel.
  • Scoop a small amount of the face pack and gently massage it all over your face with your fingertips. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.
  • Keep it on your face for around 15 minutes before you wash it off with warm water.

For best results, use this natural face pack three times a week.

If you’re dealing with acne, you need a face pack that contains neem leaves as well as turmeric. Because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, neem can effectively treat acne and other skin infections.

Acne Tumeric Face Pack

  • At least 30 fresh neem leaves
  • 5 drops of neem oil
  • A teaspoon of turmeric (grated or ground)

Instructions for making and using your anti-pimple turmeric face pack:

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you get a paste-like consistency.
  • Pour the paste into a bowl.
  • To use, dab the paste on the affected areas and let it sit for a few minutes before washing your face with clean, lukewarm water.

 

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Drink Video

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons natural honey
  • 6 ounces warm milk

Warm milk and add the ingredients, mix well and enjoy.

This turmeric drink can be enjoyed twice a day for powerful natural anti-inflammatory benefits.

Turmeric Juice

To maximize the health benefits of turmeric, take it in juice form. This way, you get all of the nutrients and antioxidants that are normally lost during cooking. But because turmeric has a strong taste and odor, you will need a few more ingredients to make it palatable. Here is one way to make turmeric juice:

What you will need:

  • Turmeric (a 5- to 7-inch piece will suffice)
  • 5 to 7 pieces of tamarind
  • A couple of lemons
  • Raw honey
  • Water
  • A large pot
  • A sauce pan
  • A blender
  • A strainer
  • A small bowl
  • Any glass jar with a lid

Instructions for making your turmeric juice:

  • Peel the turmeric.
  • Get the inner fruit of the tamarind by cracking the shell open and extricating it from the roots.
  • Pour some water in a large pot and add the turmeric. Bring the water to a boil and then let it boil for 20 more minutes or until the water turns bright yellow in color.
  • In a sauce pan, add about an inch of water and the tamarind. Place it over low heat.
  • Don’t let the tamarind settle in the pan. Instead, use a wooden spoon to move it around continuously. Do this until the tamarind melts into the water and becomes something like a jam. Add water if the mixture seems too dry.
  • Turn the heat off once the mixture is soft enough and when the seeds start to separate from the pulp. Set aside and let it cool.
  • If the turmeric water is still too hot, pour a bit of cold water into it. Then pour the turmeric water it into a blender along with the softened turmeric root. By blending them, the color should turn into a more vivid yellow.
  • Next, use a strainer and a wooden spoon to drain the tamarind mixture into a small bowl. Make sure that no peel or seed gets through.
  • Add the strained tamarind mixture into the blender containing the turmeric water and blend some more.
  • Roll the lemons to loosen the pulp inside before slicing them and squeezing the juice into the blender. Give it a final whiz.
  • You’re now ready to enjoy your natural homemade turmeric juice. Pour it into glass jars and serve chilled. It will keep for four days in the fridge.

 

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea is imbued with the natural goodness of the herb. Take it every morning and/or before meals to cleanse your liver, improve digestion, and relieve stress.

What you will need:

  • ¼ cup of grated turmeric root or 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of grated ginger root or ginger powder
  • 4 cups of water
  • A pot
  • A strainer
  • A glass container
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Raw honey (optional)

Instructions for making your turmeric tea:

  • Peel and grate both the turmeric and the ginger root.
  • Pour the water into the pot along with the grated turmeric and ginger.
  • Boil the mixture for up to 20 minutes.
  • Use a strainer placed over a glass container or tea cup to separate the grated turmeric and ginger from the tea.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Add lemon and/or honey to your liking.

If you are using ground turmeric and powdered ginger, allow the water to boil before adding them. The recipe above makes 4 cups of turmeric tea, which is enough for a whole day.

However, if you are pregnant, nursing or suffering from gallstones or an acidic stomach, it is better that you refrain from having or lessen your consumption of turmeric tea. You might also want to get your toothbrush ready after drinking the tea, as turmeric is notorious for staining everything it comes in contact with – including your teeth.

Did you know you can grow and cultivate your own Tumeric? Click here to find out how.

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