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Turmeric: The Amazing Root

turmericLooking for a new superfood to add to your diet?

Turmeric Root should definitely be at the top of your  list!

This amazing root imported from India possess a wide range of health benefits that may surprise you. Here’s what you get from this amazing food.

Turmeric has been shown to help prevent melanoma cells from forming, as well aid in the destruction of present melanoma cancer cells. In a study, it prevented the spread of breast cancer in mice, and when combined with cauliflower, it helped to prevent prostate cancer, ceases the growth of present prostate cancer cells,  and stop the growth of blood vessels in tumors and the spread of tumors, in general. Turmeric is  also known to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia. The views are optimistic with regard to the benefits of turmeric in the treatment of other forms of cancer. It also boosts the effects of chemo drug, paclitaxel.

This powerful root helps with cuts and wounds as well. It acts as a natural antiseptic and has antibacterial agent and speeds the healing of wounds. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural painkiller.

It aids with inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. Turmeric helps with rheumatoid arthritis. The Chinese have even used turmeric for the treatment of depression.

In terms of weight loss, turmeric has been know to help with fat metabolism and weight management.

You can purchase turmeric in whole form, pill form, or purchase turmeric in

“ground” form from the spice aisle at the supermarket.

I like to do weekly Turmeric Face masks to reduce and calm any breakouts as well as brighten my skin.

Here’s how it’s done!

MIX 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric & 2-3 tablespoons of one of the following:

-Water

-Honey

-Apple Cider Vinger

-Orange Juice (fresh)

-Grapefruit Juice (fresh)

-Milk

Apply this mixture to your face WITH GLOVES! Avoid contact with your eyes, eyebrows, and hairline.

Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse. This mask will leave an yellow tint on your skin. DO NOT WORRY. This will come off after your wash your face, but you do not have to wash it off. I do my masks at night and do not bother doing a second wash of my face after I rinse the mask of.

Try this mask out and let us know what you think! 🙂

– Letisha

Source: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • ameris says:

    I love the tumeric mask idea!!! Although I have just a few questions about the products you can mix it with…
    1. Out of all of these products that I can mix the tumeric with, which one will be the most effective?
    2. Does the temperature of these liquid substances matter at all?
    3. And being that I am a brown skinned girl, do you think it’s safe for me to use this method on my skin tone (being that it leaves a yellow tint and brightens skin)?

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Thank you Ameris! Great questions!

      If your skin is dull, or combination oily with dry or flakey skin (or if you know your skin reacts well to exfoliation) opt of a more acidic liquid, as this is going to help dissolve any dirt, oil, and dry skin. Be careful not to use too much acid because this may have a reverse effect and dry out your skin even more. Fresh squeezed orange juice is great and my personal favorite. I find it to be not too strong, which is great. Nalani loves to use apple cider vinegar diluted with water (never apply apple cider vinegar full strength to your skin.) I’ve also used fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Essentially any fruit in the citrus family will work in this case. If you are unsure and don’t want anything too strong, just decrease the strength of the acid by adding a little water.

      If your skin is more sensitive or reactive, and/ or dries out easily, opt for a more gentle liquid. Milk is great because it is calming yet contains lactic acid which can still help to dissolve any dead skin cells without being overing drying for your skin. Water and honey are also a great choices for more sensitive skin types because they wont dry out your skin. Honey can even help to moisturize your skin. With honey though you have to be careful because it is a humectant so it is going to draw moisture in from its environment. If you are in a very dry environment, it may draw moisture away from your skin rather than draw moisture from the air. Choose honey on really humid days.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

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