While many of us are aware of the numerous benefits of this deep, exotic yellow spice, few incorporate
in our daily use, other than sprinkling a little of it in our daal and subzi.
a member of the ginger family, has been used for healing by Ayurvedic means, since time immemorial.
has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an
. In addition, it is great for
So before investing in an expensive beauty product, take a look in your kitchen.
you get in packets is not the pure form, which is why it is best that you try and find someone who supplies pure
powder, or use the root and
make your own
Here are just a few of the various benefits of
Plagued with pigmentation?
can help even out your skin tone and colour. Simply apply a little
with cucumber juice or lemon to the affected area. Leave on for fifteen
minutes or more, and wash off. Do this everyday, and gradually you will
notice your skin colour returning to normal.
Drink a quarter glass
juice every night, with milk. The best way to have this is to take a ½ inch piece of
and boil it with half a
glass of milk
Once the milk has turned yellow, remove from fire, let it cool
slightly, and sip this. This will cure numerous ailments. Women
especially should drink this every night, as it strengthens bones and
reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Softens the Body
is a wonderful body scrub, which is why Indian brides apply a
gram flour (besan) mix to their entire body, the morning of the
wedding. It leaves your skin soft, smooth and glowing. Of course, a
single application will not really make that much of a difference. Do
this regularly, and watch your skin change for the better - much better.
If you are planning a pregnancy, apply a mixture of
and malai or
curd to your stomach and waist before going for a bath. Leave it on for
fifteen minutes, and wash off. If desired, you could even apply this
mixture after bathing. After you have washed off the soap, apply the
malai and haldi mixture, leave it on for five minutes, and wash off only
with water. Gently, wipe your stomach with the towel. The sooner you
start this routine, the more supple and elastic your skin will become,
and after giving birth, you will not be left with unsightly stretch
Inhibits Cell Damage
which essentially means that it stabilizes unstable oxygen molecules.
These are known as free radicals, and are what cause damage to cells,
leading to ageing and various other diseases such as cancer.
the bacteria that causes diarrhoea, so the next time your stomach
starts 'running', reach for some haldi. German health authorities have
herbal tea to be a cure for loose stools.
All around the world you can now avail of
in the form of teas, capsules, tinctures, lotions, ointments and powder. However, here, you have access to
in its purest form, so make the most use of it.