BY MADHU ARORA
Turmeric has been proclaimed a superfood, a health booster and it is popping up on cafe menus recently as the “golden latte” or as “turmeric latte”. It is hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil, maybe a bit of honey.
An essential ingredient in Indian cooking turmeric is crowned “the queen of the kitchen”. This bright orange-yellow rhizome powder is adored in India for its antiseptic and purifying properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric can help detoxify the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, boost immunity, control diabetes and enhance complexion. For an abrasion, bruise or traumatic swelling, turmeric paste may be applied locally.
Turmeric is called “kringhana” in Sanskrit which means germ killer’. Its antiseptic properties also help to combat throat infections. Gargle with 1⁄2 tsp turmeric and 1⁄2 tsp sea salt in a glass of warm water, 2-3 times a day. In India turmeric is used in face masks and creams to counter skin infections, blemishes and burns. A great face mask can be made using – 1 Tbsp chick pea flour, 1⁄2 tsp turmeric powder, 1⁄2 tsp sandalwood powder, 1 tsp rose water and 1 Tbsp yogurt or water. Make a paste of these ingredients and apply to the face, neck and arms. Wash off after 10-15 minutes for clear, smoother and softer skin.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HINDU COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA