#nzgirlhacks: Why Turmeric is Your No. 1 Health Hero + 6 Ways To Use It
Turmeric is the latest and greatest miracle ingredient, which can be used for virtually everything. I love it! I grate it in salads, add it to smoothies and juices and even take a daily supplement. Word is, it’s even your no. 1 ingredient in the fight against cancer – I only need to hear that once!
With so many benefits, turmeric has become my top essential supplement. But there are a squillion different ways to add turmeric it into your diet and lifestyle. Here are six of my fave things to do with 2017’s on-trend superfood.
Staying Well with Tasty Winter Warmers
With its powerful antioxidant properties, adding turmeric into your diet over winter is a clever way to keep the bugs at bay. Sipping on a light turmeric broth or divine homemade turmeric latte throughout the chilly days is my ultimate winter life hack. With the amount of tasty recipes online, whipping up a comforting turmeric latte makes for a quick and easy pick me up. I like mine with a little Almond Breeze vanilla almond milk and Chantal Organics Brown Rice Syrup to give it a touch of sweetness without all the sugar. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for that extra zippity zing!
Whiten your Teeth with Homemade Turmeric Toothpaste
You can spend massive amounts of money on all sorts of chemical filled products and gadgets to keep your teeth looking pearly white. But everything you need is right in your kitchen cupboard. Brushing as normal with a combination of turmeric, coconut oil and baking soda can help keeps the teeth clean, with the added bonus of breaking down those pesky stains. Too easy!
Get Glowing Skin with a Homemade Turmeric Facemask
As well as whitening teeth, turmeric works as a skin lightener helping to minimise the appearance of pigmentation and sun damage. So next time you are whipping up a DIY facial, add in a pinch of turmeric then sit back and relax while it works to give you flawless skin.
Blend your Own Curry Powder
Turmeric makes a fantastic base for any curry powder, so why buy pre-made spice mixes when you can make your own so easily and cheaply? I love to add black pepper to all turmeric curry powders not only to add to the spice kick, but it also aids in the absorption of curcumin. Curcumin is a curcuminoid in Turmeric which gives it the anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties.
Spice Up Your Weekend Platter with Turmeric Hummus
Saturday nights are nothing without drinks and nibbles friends and nothing will make it more Instagram-worthy than homemade colourtastic turmeric hummus. What’s better is how good it tastes, and the complete lack of skill and effort it takes to make it. Oh, and OK… you can buy hummus and whisk some turmeric through it for extra goody-goodness!
Treat Pimples with a DIY Turmeric Acne Gel
Combining anti-inflammatory turmeric with anti-bacterial manuka honey is my all natural secret weapon for treating spots. I find this is much kinder to the skin than other at home remedies like toothpaste which can be extremely drying.