Turmeric, My New Health Hero!

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One of my most delicious physical interactions with turmeric has included a ‘falling of the bone’ lamb curry at This and That in Manchester’s Norther Quarter. Beeeetter than good!

One of my most irritating, an intense fingernail-staining experience of making Yotam Ottolenghi’s Tumeric Pancakes: What a fabulous mess!!!

Meanwhile, in India for thousands of years… the traditional recipe for the Indian Bridal Glow Mask goes like this: The night before a wedding, an Indian woman covers herself, head to toe, in a mixture of turmeric, gram flour (otherwise known as garbanzo bean flour), sandalwood powder, and almond oil. Results: millions of happy wedding nights. Errmhh. Talking about superpowers…

And you think to yourself, “Why am I reading this?”

We’ve been using Turmeric as a beauty product for thousands of years. Old news.

Turmeric re-discovered as  New Health Hero. Opportunities.

Turmeric contains bioactive compounds that have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. A growing body of research supports the notion that one such compound, curcumin, can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Last year, one study found curcumin was more effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis than prescription anti-inflammatories. Turmeric has been used for centuries in India to provide Glow And Luster to the Skin.

Guess what?! The guardian answered all your burning questions of:

 Why Turmeric Is Good For You

Revive your skin with this Simple Face Mask Recipe. (It feels amazingly refreshing and left my skin soft as a baby’s but on this hang-over Sunday!!!)

@myhübsch Homemade Turmeric Facial Mask

1 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp rice flour (you could also use garbanzo flour or finely-ground oats)

3 tbsp plain yogurt (you could substitute milk, cream, or sour cream)

Mix everything together until it looks like the picture above, and then slather it on a clean face. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off, gently scrubbing as you go.

Please be sure to wear an old shirt that you don’t mind staining when you use this.

Or be naked. I don’t mind : )