10 Creative Ways to Use Turmeric

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Photo: Sofemini.co.uk

Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely love the flavor of turmeric in dishes. Luckily for me, my favorite ingredient happens to be quite a beneficial one! From giving your skin a fresh glow to helping prevent a variety of serious illnesses, this plant from the ginger family is one that you should most definitely try to incorporate into your daily routine.

Alleviate Dandruff

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Photo: Spicemode.co

Nobody wants to deal with dandruff. From the itchy dry scalp to the little flakes that show up on your dark colored clothing- it’s just not ideal. While their are shampoos and medications that can help alleviate the situation, try going with turmeric first to help correct your dry situation. According to The Beauty Reel by simply mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder with two tablespoons of either olive oil or coconut oil and then applying the mixture to your scalp for a couple of hours, you will be cured of all things itchy and irritable!

Get Glowing Skin

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Photo: Theglowingfridge.com

Ok, trust me on this one! Turmeric acts as a great ingredient in face masks and skin treatments because it naturally reduces redness, helps breakouts and helps brighten your complexion. I know it can be unsettling voluntarily putting something onto your face that is known to stain, but follow the directions and you’ll be good to go. You can try a turmeric and lemon face mask or a turmeric, honey and milk one for starters. Both of these treatments will get your skin in perfect condition for after the long winter months.

Naturally Dye Fabric

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Photo: Remodelista.com

Growing up I absolutely loved making tie-dye tee shirts outside when the weather started getting warm. Now that I’m older the fun in dyeing hasn’t faded, but now I choose to use items found right in nature to dye fabric. You guessed it! Turmeric has great staying power when it comes to dyeing fabric and you will get a perfectly golden yellow color when you use it! We’ve even tested it so we can tell you firsthand it works great!

Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

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Photo: Thekitchn.com

Over here at Krrb we did a DIY on dyeing Easter eggs with flowers and onion peels and they looked great, but it took a lot of work. This year I may try out using spices to turn my eggs all shades of vibrant! I’m personally not a big fan of pastels, so traditional Easter and springtime themes aren’t my favorite aesthetically. By using spices like turmeric and veggies like beets and cabbage, you can turn your eggs into decor that will fit the rest of your style!

Whiten Your Teeth

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Photo: Greenmedinfo.com

Since turmeric has a reputation of dyeing whatever it touches with its yellow color, I know one may be a bit hesitant about using it to whiten their teeth. By making a quick mixture of turmeric powder, coconut oil and baking soda and then brushing your teeth with it (while being careful about not getting much turmeric on your face since it will leave you tinted yellow!) you’ll have bright teeth in no time. Make sure your rinse the mixture out well and we think you’ll be pretty happy with the whitening effects it has!

Roasted Butternut Squash

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Photo: Healthyseasonalrecipes.com

While turmeric can be used for a variety of fun DIYs, we can’t forget it’s also a tasty ingredient to add to your dishes! If I’m eating Indian or Thai food I always choose a dish that has turmeric incorporated into it. Adding turmeric to other unexpected dishes is always a nice surprise though. Try adding turmeric and paprika next time you roast butternut squash or cauliflower. The added flavor is perfection and you’re reaping the health benefits of the powerful spice as well!

Naturally Dye Playdough

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Photo: Crafulate.com

This is a fun DIY for the whole family! Make this an interactive experience by letting the kids choose the colors they want the playdough to be, whip it up and then play with it to your hearts content. You can use an assortment of spices from rosemary to cinnamon to yup, turmeric! Choose your surfaces carefully and put down a tablecloth of some sort just in case these spices colors transfer over.

Golden Milk Tea

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Photo: Happyhealthymama.com

One benefit of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory qualities, which is only one of the many reasons why adding it to your diet is very beneficial for your body. By making yourself turmeric tea (often referred to as golden milk tea) you are helping your body fight inflammation and a variety of different health issues thanks to the antioxidant properties the spice has. I’m all about doing what’s best for my body so I’m going to have to add this to my morning routine!

Ginger, Pear and Turmeric Muffins

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Photo: Mayihavethatrecipe.com

Even though I’m a big fan of the spice, I know a bunch of people who aren’t crazy about the flavor. Try sneaking it into recipes where other flavors will help balance the overall taste. This healthy muffin recipe sneaks turmeric in alongside ginger, pear, maple syrup and pumpkin. Those are a few of my favorite tasting things all in one so I think I know what I’ll be baking early Saturday morning!

Healthy Supplements

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Photo: Amolis.com

For those that absolutely hate the test, smell and stains involved with turmeric, have no fear. You can still (and should) find a way to introduce the spice into your routine. You can easily make these turmeric supplements in bulk and take them as you desire. Eat them in one bite and you’re all set!

What interesting ways do you use turmeric? Let us know in the comments so we can try it too!

 
  • Vanessa Londono

    That’s really interesting! Do you think turmeric helps with energy? It has been proven to improve focus. I take one of the horse capsules every morning.

    Can you share the zucchini pickles recipe? Sounds delicious!

  • mia kulper

    I throw a capsule of turmeric (i think it is called curcumin) into boiling water and let it dissolve – add a bit of honey/stir and it makes a lovely drink. I just couldn’t swallow the horse capsules and the first time i just dumped the powder in hot water and tried to drink, I decided I’d rather die young but the next time with the sweetening , either I acquired a taste for it that way and now I love it. I either have a mug in the morning or afternoon – picks me up for the rest of the day. I don’t use it at night as I think It might have kept me awake a few times. While I won’t swear it has reduced inflammation, I know that when I get in the routine, I feel better in general and I’m able to do a lot more. Something is causing that so I’ll credit the turmeric. (PS – love curry as well and zucchini pickles with whole turmeric)

  • Chrissy

    What other ingredients do you add to your smoothie? I’m trying to find the perfect flavor balance to go with the turmeric!

  • Ruby MCCULLOUGH

    I use turmeric in my smoothies to help with inflammation. I was already using it when my Ortho doctor started to tell me about it for my knee problems. 1-2 tablespoons or you can buy the capsules from a vitamin store.

  • Not “eleviate”, but alleviate. Not “giner”, but ginger.