21 Surprising Uses for Turmeric


It is no surprise that turmeric is one of the most popular superfoods on the market today. It not only adds wonderful color and flavor to foods, it also has health benefits for treatment of everything from cancer to arthritis. Below, too, are surprising uses for it around the home.

Teeth Brightener
Adding turmeric to commercial toothpaste or making it from scratch can help whiten the teeth. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, this can really help remove stains from the teeth.

Foundation Enhancer
Mixing turmeric with foundation can add can extra glow to the complexion. It is frequently used by women in India for this purpose.

Soap Additive
Adding turmeric to homemade soap will give it a lovely color. It will also be more nourishing to the skin.

Dandruff Deterint
Applying a combination of olive oil and turmeric to the scalp will help deter dandruff and improve scalp health.

Tattoo Embellisher
Adding turmeric to temporary tattoos made with henna will give it a pretty, golden glow.

Sprain Easer
Massaging a mixture of turmeric, salt and water onto the affected area can help ease the discomfort of a sprain.

Swimmer’s Ear Cure
Adding a mixture of garlic oil and turmeric in the ear can help ease the discomfort of swimmer’s ear.

Stomach Soother
Turmeric, especially when used several times a day, can soothe a stomach suffering from indigestion.

Arthritis Alleviation
If suffering from rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, daily oral turmeric can help relieve painful inflammation and lead to healthier joints.

Liver Tonic
Turmeric can protect liver tissue from damage and prevent the occurrence of cirrhosis.

Skin Cancer Prevention
Turmeric is being used in a number of skin treatments, even those which inhibits melanoma growth.

Cancer Preventative
The curcumin in turmeric has been shown in laboratories to inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous tumors.

Alzheimer’s Treatment
Recent research on laboratory mice found that use of turmeric could help reduce the amount of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Longevity Enhancer
Turmeric tea, drunk daily, is used frequently by the Japanese, who have one of the longest life spans in the world.

Fabric Dye
The next time you tie-dye clothing, use a coloring made from turmeric to give a spicy color to your dress or tee shirt.

Play Dough Coloring
Using turmeric as a coloring for homemade play dough gives it a lovely marigold color and is much more fun to play with than the store-bought version.

Easter Egg Dye
Turmeric makes a wonderful natural dye for Easter Eggs; other natural colorants include beet juice, onion skin and blueberries.

Meat Treatment
Adding turmeric to meat can help reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines (HCA’s), chemicals suspected of causing cancer.

Flavor Enhancer
Turmeric can add both flavor and attractive color to an otherwise rather boring dish.

Homemade Curry Ingredient
Adding turmeric for mixing your own homemade curry powder at home can liven up the curries that you serve to your family.

Cake Ingredient
The Lebanese have long added turmeric to cake recipes, and the resulting pastry is sweet and earthy, as well as being attractive to the eye.

So keep a bottle of turmeric around the house. It has a multitude of uses apart from its obvious culinary value, including all those listed above.

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Sandeep Godiyal
Sandeep has written many health field articles for both Internet and print publication. His areas of expertise including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.