Turmeric has a huge number of uses. It’s been grown, cultivated, and used for thousands of years now, so to say that it’s just a spice, and has never been used for anything else, would be arrogant indeed. In this article, we’re going to cover some of the more surprising uses that turmeric has, so let’s get to it!
1 - Brightening your teeth
It’s a well-known fact that turmeric is a potent dye. It turns anything and everything a bright shade of orange! However, it’s a recently revealed secret of former Miss USA Susie Castillo that she swears by her recipe for homemade toothpaste. She believes the turmeric has powerful tooth-whitening properties, and turmeric is a main ingredient.
As unbelievable as this is, it does seem to work. There are also a large number of blogs and articles agreeing with this point. They state that provided the turmeric doesn’t stay in contact with your enamel for too long, it may in fact whiten your teeth. If you don’t want to make your own toothpaste, you could also sprinkle a little onto your toothpaste, and brush as usual. Try mixing some coconut oil, baking soda and turmeric powder and give your teeth a good scrub in the morning and night, rinse with water after brushing and relax! Let us know if you have any significant signs of whitening.
2 - Save your scalp
Dandruff can be a real pain for a huge number of people the world over. What if we told you that you don’t need to use any kind of special shampoo to rid yourself of dandruff, and instead, you could use turmeric?
Many people swear by a combination of olive oil and turmeric to deter dandruff and to improve the overall condition of the scalp. In order to make this happen for yourself, simply make up a mix of turmeric and the oil of your choice (olive oil is typically used, but jojoba or coconut may also be good choices). When you’ve made up your paste, simply massage it into your scalp, and leave to sit for fifteen minutes. Then, shampoo and style as normal.
If you have particularly light hair, it might be worth testing this out first so that you avoid potentially dying your hair turmeric yellow. Speaking as people who often end up with fingertips dyed from cooking with it, it can really stain!
3 - Sooth a sprain
Turmeric is well known for having a whole host of anti-inflammatory properties. As much as there have been studies that show that the spice won’t work as an anti-inflammatory when taken as a capsule, it should work when applied to the appropriate area.
This is one such solution, and it’s a classic homeopathic approach to healing a sprain or at least reducing the swelling slightly. We are formulating a turmeric paste which can be used to treat sprains, used as a face mask and in smoothies or delicious recipes. Our paste can be applied to the affected area, and left on for twenty minutes to an hour. We recommend applying the turmeric paste once a day. Make sure you apply it on a small area of skin first to see if it suits! Watch this space!
4 - Make Longevity Tea
People who live in Okinawa, the Japanese island nation with the world’s longest average life span, often drink turmeric tea daily. People have long been saying that turmeric can help to prolong your life and allow you to live healthier. Here, we don’t really know why that’s the case, but it seems to be working!
In order to make this mystical tea, boil four cups of water, and add one teaspoon of ground turmeric. Then, allow to simmer for ten minutes or so, and thoroughly strain to remove any particulate matter. Then, you can add flavorings of your choice! We recommend ginger and/or honey.
There are a whole host of drinks with turmeric in them which have cropped up in coffee shops lately, and while turmeric tea is one of them, another omnipresent one is the turmeric latte or golden milk. This is a drink made in much the same way as the longevity tea, but with hot milk instead of water. This would, of course, affect the taste, but it may also have health benefits too! Certain chemicals in hot milk can allow you to sleep better, so maybe a turmeric latte before bed would be beneficial to all of us who struggle to get a good night’s sleep from time to time.
5 - Make Colourful Play DoughPlaydough is truly one of the greatest toys to exist. We remember being young and playing with one of those playdough extruder sets, and making all sorts of ‘pasta’ for hours on end.
If you’re looking for a more long-term activity to occupy some young minds for a while, then making your own playdough can be just as much fun as playing with it afterward!
There are plenty of recipes online, and they’re all fairly easy. In this situation, you can dye your homemade playdough a beautiful marigold yellow using turmeric, and just like the real thing, your playdough will be non-toxic!
If you do particularly enjoy making your own play dough, there are a whole host of other things that you can do in the process. For example, you could use flowers from your garden to dye your playdough other colors than yellow. Plus, you could even use vanilla or peppermint extract to give your playdough a scent! This is a fun and complex activity that is sure to get inquisitive little minds racing as they want to experiment with different ingredients for their play dough mix.
Turmeric is a fantastic ingredient in food and a whole host of other things too. This is only a small handful of the potential things that you could use turmeric for. Among some of the other ideas we saw online, there were: dyeing Easter eggs, tie-dyeing t-shirts, and making a cake. Can you think of something we haven’t mentioned here? If so, then let us know what your idea is for another surprising thing that can be done with turmeric!