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Turmeric is the bright, pungent spice that features in many Indian curry dishes, but food writer Tori Avey claims that turmeric has been used as medicine for the past 4,500 years.

Avey explains in the Indian Ayurvedic (“science of life“) tradition, turmeric is revered for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to treat congestion, wounds, bruises and other skin conditions, including smallpox and shingles.

Turmeric is delicious in eggs, rice, soups and smoothies, but it can also be mixed with other household ingredients to make topical treatments and ointments to heal everything from acne to cancer.

  1. Heal cuts and wounds. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. This spice prevents bacterial infection in open wounds, relieves inflammation and pain, and helps form new skin cells to close wounds. To use turmeric to heal wounds and cuts, simply apply turmeric powder directly to the wound. For additional benefits, mix turmeric with linseed oil or ginger paste in order to reduce pain.
  2. Facial cleanser and acne treatment. Prepare an organic facial cleanser using 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon of neem oil (made from a tropical tree native to India and the Indian subcontinent) or substitute the neem oil for organic, free-range milk, and 1- 3 drops of lavender oil or coconut oil. This face mask is especially good for preventing acne breakouts because both the turmeric and neem oil or milk have anti-fungal properties. Let the paste dry on your face for 30 minutes to help heal acne scars.
  3. Reduce inflammation. Curcumin is known to decrease inflammation and swelling. Because of this special property, it has been used to treat inflammatory diseases ranging from Rheumatoid arthritis to Crohn’s disease and from eye inflammation to gingivitis. Livestrong recommends drinking homemade turmeric tea in order to reduce inflammation. Boil 4 cups of water with one teaspoon of ground turmeric. Let the tea simmer for 10 minutes and then strain it into a cup. You can add ginger for an extra kick against inflammation.
  4. Fight against cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, the curcumin in turmeric has anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown its effectiveness at killing cancer cells and preventing more from growing, especially in breast, bowel, stomach and skin cancer. To prepare your own turmeric ointment, simply mix store-bought turmeric powder with vaseline and rub it on your cancer three times daily. Patients who suffered from ulcerated cancers that smelled and itched were highly surprised to find the turmeric ointment not only reduced smell and itch, but it also healed lesions.
  5. Ease the pain of psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by patches of red, itchy and scaly skin. It can be extremely painful and irritating and patients feel much stress and anxiety because there are no known cures. But, a study published in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences, and Applications, found that after 16 weeks of applying a gel made from curcumin, while avoiding allergens and dairy products, as well as continuing the use of topical steroids and antibiotics, almost three-quarters of patients were completely cleared of symptoms. Just prepare a thick paste by simmering one part turmeric and two parts water in a saucepan.
  6. Treat eczema. Prepare a home remedy made by using a dash of turmeric and a spoonful of organic virgin coconut oil. Mix the two ingredients and use them on her dry and scaly skin. After just one day, you’ll notice visible results.
  7. Boost oral health and hygiene. You might be surprised to hear that a bright yellow spice used for centuries to dye textiles is good for oral health. A study published in the Journal for Contemporary Dental Practice found that turmeric is equally effective as a mouthwash as typical store-bought products in preventing plaque and gingivitis. Further, the anti-cancer properties of turmeric make it effective for combatting cancer growth. To prepare your own turmeric mouthwash, simply stir turmeric powder into warm water, according to The Alternative Daily. You can also dissolve 10 mg of turmeric extract in 100 ml of water and add peppermint oil for flavoring. You can also prepare a toothpaste using 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard oil.
  8. Decrease signs of aging. Turmeric is an excellent skin polisher. Just mix 1 tablespoon of gram or chickpea flour with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 2 teaspoons of milk. The flour will prevent the turmeric from staining the skin, while also helping to shed dead skin. Milk is used to firm the skin and to slow the formation of wrinkles. Rub the mixture on your skin and let it dry for 10 minutes. Gently wipe the mask off with your fingertips and rinse your face with lukewarm water afterwards. You can also use another combination made with turmeric, gram flour, jojoba oil, lemon juice and milk in order to make a skin brightener that hides age spots and reduce wrinkles.