A golden cure for your beauty woes

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Turmeric is hav­ing a mo­ment in the culi­nary world. It has be­come the ‘it’ spice with chic café across the world com­ing up with turmeric latte. The spice with an in­tense golden hue is de­rived from the roots of the Cur­cuma longa plant. This an­tiox­i­dant-rich spice has been known for its heal­ing prop­er­ties. Here’s how to make the best of the condi­ment: 1) Face packs that give you a nat­u­ral glow: Turmeric helps in get­ting rid of skin pig­men­ta­tion and tan­ning, and also deep cleans your skin by re­duc­ing oil se­cre­tion. Make a quick face pack by mix­ing a few pinches of turmeric and 2 tbs aloe vera gel. Ap­ply on face and neck and wash off after 15 min­utes. “To help clear acne and close open pores, a turmeric and marigold face pack is help­ful,” says Richa Ag­gar­wal, beauty ex­pert. Take 1 tbs juice of fresh turmeric, crushed petals of marigold, 1 tbs raw milk and crushed oats. Mix well and make a thick paste and let it soak overnight. Ap­ply it well the next day and leave it for 15-20 min­utes. Then rinse off with cold wa­ter. To get rid of dead cells and re­veal smooth, glow­ing skin, use a pack made with gram flour, turmeric, honey and lemon juice. Mix all the in­gre­di­ents well and ap­ply on your face and neck. Rinse off after 15 min­utes. 2) As a heal­ing agent: Turmeric is a nat­u­ral an­ti­sep­tic and an­tibac­te­rial agent and can be used as an ef­fec­tive dis­in­fec­tant. If you have a mi­nor cut or burn, you can sprin­kle turmeric pow­der on the af­fected area to speed up the heal­ing process. Turmeric has an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties along with an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and an­ti­sep­tic prop­er­ties that heals wounds. Make a thick paste of 2tsp turmeric and wa­ter and ap­ply it on wounds. 3) For a healthy scalp: Fun­gal in­fec­tions can cause hair loss, itchy, flaky skin, thin­ning hair and dan­druff. Cur­cumin, an ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in turmeric, helps fight these prob­lems due its anti-fun­gal, anti-al­ler­gic, an­tiox­i­dant, an­ti­sep­tic and an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties. Mix turmeric pow­der with milk and honey and ap­ply it on your scalp, giv­ing a gen­tle mas­sage. “Turmeric pre­vents se­b­or­rhea and dan­druff and con­trols peel­ing and flak­ing of the scalp as it in­creases blood cir­cu­la­tion of the scalp due to its anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties,” says Mayank Singh, skin ex­pert. 4) Weight man­age­ment: Reg­u­lar use of turmeric in your diet helps man­age weight along with im­prov­ing di­ges­tion and re­duc­ing bloat­ing. In­clude it in your daily dishes and in the milk you drink. “Its an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties doesn’t let obe­sity ex­pand in your body,” says Tripti Tan­don, nu­tri­tion­ist, . Turmeric is also loaded with di­etary fi­bres, such as, vi­ta­mins, E,K & C, pro­tein, niacin, cal­cium and mag­ne­sium which helps boost your im­mu­nity. 5) Brighten your teeth: It is com­monly be­lieved that turmeric can stain your teeth, but that hap­pens only when it is in con­tact with teeth enamel long enough to change the colour. Turmeric is help­ful in whiten­ing your teeth. Make a thick paste of turmeric pow­der, co­conut oil and bak­ing soda, ap­ply a gen­er­ous amount on your teeth and wash off after 10 min­utes. 6) Heal cracked heels: If those cracks in your heels have been an­noy­ing you, use this rem­edy that will help soften your heels and heal cracks. Take 3 tsp of turmeric, add a few drops of cas­tor oil and gen­tly mas­sage your heels with the mix for 5 min­utes and leave it on for 15 min­utes. 7) Min­imise signs of pre­ma­ture age­ing: Turmeric can help re­duce fine lines and wrin­kles caused by stress. Take a few drops of jo­joba oil and a few pinches of turmeric. Make a paste, mas­sage your face with it for 5 min­utes and wash off with luke warm wa­ter.

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A paste of marigold petals and fresh turmeric juice can help re­duce acne and close open pores

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