When it comes to herbs in your medicinal garden or kitchen spice rack you can’t go wrong with turmeric. This root spice has many benefits for you to take advantage of to help keep your family healthy and happy. I have personally seen the value of this herb in caring for my family. From grandmas arthritis to my husband’s knee he injured in the Army there are so many uses for pain but when I decided to dive deeper I found, even more, uses for turmeric.
Uses for turmeric
Yellow food coloring
We use turmeric as an alternative to artificial yellow dye. No one notices the difference provided you do not add too much. I love having healthy natural options to allow my kids to be like everyone else without having the nasty side effects of the artificial dyes.
Dye Easter eggs
Speaking of dye turmeric can get you several shades of yellow depending on how much you use. This is great for dying Easter eggs naturally for your family.
Turmeric milk is a popular beverage in India that has become popular here in the US. This drink gives you the benefits of turmeric along with several other healthy spices. It is easy to make your own turmeric milk.
Turmeric Ginger Tea
Place a slice of turmeric and a slice of ginger into water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and turn off the heat. Let steep for 10 minutes and serve fresh hot turmeric ginger tea to help soothe and relax.
Moon Milk is another great beverage you can make using turmeric. Moon milk has much less turmeric giving it a different flavor while still getting some turmeric into your system. Moon milk is easy to make and can be used to help you relax and sleep.
Sprinkle on popcorn
Turmeric is great for adding a kick of spice to your favorite buttered popcorn.
Add turmeric to rice
Turmeric adds flavor and color to plain old rice making it a fun addition.
Mix with black pepper
Turmeric can be hidden well in anything you would normally add ground pepper. I mix some right into the pepper shaker and no one ever notices that there is a special addition. this is a great way to hide the flavor for picky eaters while giving them the advantage of this spice.
Turmeric is good for the skin and can help even skin tone and texture. Using turmeric soap in the shower is the easiest way to take advantage of this use for turmeric.
Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric can be added to charcoal or bentonite clay face masks to help fade red puffy skin and treat mild acne.