Learn how turmeric, one of the most restorative spices, can improve your mental and physical health.
By Mina Dragani (via BE WELL)
Aside from being a spice to add to food dishes, turmeric is something you can incorporate into your wellness routine to boost your energy levels and general quality of life. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can affect both your mental and physical health. In order to experience all of its notable benefits, it is important to mix turmeric with an activating agent like black pepper or cinnamon.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, and what gives the spice its fierce orange color. Its healing qualities help prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Also, turmeric is scientifically-proven to help cases of depression, anxiety, and arthritis. All in all, turmeric can do no wrong.
Here are eight ways you can incorporate turmeric into your daily regimen.
This Kourtney Kardashian-approved drink is like giving your body (and mind) a hug. It is the perfect energy-boosting beverage to start your day and can even quell feelings of anxiety. This is all due to the curcumin agent’s ability to heighten serotonin and dopamine levels. Consider taking a caffeine hiatus with this Turmeric Latte recipe:
- Two cups of almond milk
- One teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- two tablespoons of maple syrup
Simply warm the milk to your desired temperature, add ingredients, and enjoy.
Healing Tumeric Tonic
This turmeric-based beverage can help when you are recovering from a sickness, experiencing aches and pains, or simply in need of an extra pick-me-up. This viral tonic recipe only calls for three central ingredients. It combines turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper to create a perfect trifecta of wellness. Here’s how to make a tumeric tonic:
- One tablespoon of turmeric
- One tablespoon of grated ginger
- A dash of cayenne pepper (or black pepper)
- One whole lemon
- Three cups of water
- Optional: two tablespoons of maple syrup for sweetness
In a saucepan combine turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, maple syrup (optional), cayenne, and filtered water. Bring to a simmer, strain, and then serve.
Turmeric oatmeal is a tasty way to get your wellness fix. Simply add a teaspoon of turmeric into your favorite oatmeal recipe and indulge in its added health benefits. Starting your morning off with a detoxifying ingredient like turmeric will aid your digestion throughout the day. Garnish with some berries for an antioxidant-packed meal.
Tumeric Face Mask
Outside of being consumed via food and drink, turmeric is similarly excellent for your skin. There are a number of turmeric-based face masks on the market at the moment, like Kora Organics’ Turmeric BHA Brightening Treatment, but a DIY version will also suffice. Turmeric has the ability to give your skin a natural glow due to its rich antioxidants. Additionally, it has strong healing properties that can remedy acne scarring and treat conditions like psoriasis. Have an at-home facial with this DIY face mask recipe:
- One tablespoon of plain Greek Yogurt
- One tablespoon of honey
- One tablespoon of turmeric
Mix all ingredients and apply to face for no longer than 15 minutes.
Turmeric rice is something we tend to enjoy without realizing its evident health benefits. This flavorful rice is popular within Indian cuisine and pairs well with proteins like chicken or tofu. Contrary to its fiery color, turmeric will not add a powerful spice to your food, it has a mild yet delicious taste. Elevate your go-to rice dish by adding two teaspoons of this body-loving ingredient.
Turmeric Wellness Shots
After a long weekend, a turmeric wellness shot might be just what you need to get back on your feet. This simple concoction will give you energy, immunity, and if you’re lucky, absolve you of your weekend mishaps. On top of that, wellness shots can aid digestion and improve blood circulation. Here’s a recipe to try out for yourself:
- One orange
- Two lemons
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh turmeric
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh ginger
- 1/8 tsp fresh black pepper
- A dash of cayenne pepper
Use a blender or juicer to mix ingredients into a liquid consistency. Then strain through with a nut milk bag or mesh strainer. Divide into glasses and enjoy!
Daily supplements are the easiest way to incorporate turmeric into your daily life. People who have taken turmeric supplements have seen noticeable changes in their mental and physical health. Turmeric does wonders for your mind as it focuses on supporting the happy chemicals in your brain. Select a reputable brand, and see if you notice any differences.
Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea (Golden Milk)
Golden Milk Tea is one of turmeric’s most common uses. This Instagram-worthy beverage can assist in lowering cholesterol levels, quell excessive bloating, and remedy chronic headaches. Another surprising benefit of Golden Milk is that it contains no caffeine, meaning you can enjoy a cup at any time of the day without experiencing jittery side effects. There are many renditions of the Golden Milk recipe, but it is important to begin your preparations with a turmeric and black pepper paste. Get L’OFFICIEL’s recipe for the healthy beverage here.