Tune In to Turmeric

What IS that yellow powder and what’s everyone using it for?! You’ve probably seen turmeric around on social media. The bright yellow spice is very versatile -- it’s used in everything from curry to face masks. We’re here to talk about some ways to use turmeric so you can get the benefits of this natural ingredient too. 

Face masks

Turmeric is made from a ginger root native to Southeast Asia.  Women have been using it for skincare forever. Turmeric has a lot of curcumin in it, which can reduce inflammation. It heals and prevents dry skin as well as acne and blackheads. 

Turmeric is especially great for oily skin because it helps regulate oil production. To make a turmeric face cleanser:

Mix chickpea or rice flour with turmeric powder in equal parts. 

Add soy milk or yogurt to a teaspoon of turmeric powder to make a paste. 

Apply to the face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.

Wash off with warm water. 

Beverage

The yellow spice is also great for digestion and de-bloating! Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to hot water to drink as tea. 

There are so many applications of turmeric. You could make “golden milk” AKA turmeric latte, or blend it with almond milk and agave for golden “hot chocolate.” To make a turmeric tonic for cold season:

Combine turmeric powder, pepper, and honey.

Add coconut oil, ginger, and lemon juice.

Pour hot water over the spice/lemon juice mix and stir.

Food

Turmeric has a hot and earthy taste. It’s an acquired taste, but it makes for a tasty ingredient. Add it to everything from curry, chicken & potatoes, to salad dressing. The only thing to be aware of is that turmeric tends to stain everything yellow. 

 

Have you tried turmeric? Let us know in the comments!

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