Turmeric is having a moment. From cosy knits to bohemian-inspired gowns to activewear, the golden colour is all the rage right now. But what about the actual spice that inspired it? Have you ever given it much thought?
Sure, you tried a turmeric latte or five in 2017, when they were having their time in the non-caffeinated beverage spotlight. Maybe you add a sprinkle to your homemade curries every now and then. You might’ve even thrown back a turmeric tonic once or twice because Gisele said it was cool.
But turmeric is way more than a fad or something just for supermodels. And it has a lot of health benefits that go far beyond its mood-boosting shade, too (but oh boy, doesn’t it make your eyes sing!).
In fact, as unbelievable as it might sound, turmeric may actually be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Yep, Mind. Blown. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory, may relieve symptoms of mild depression, and your skin seriously digs it.
Don’t believe us? Let’s get you up to speed on why you need to jump on the turmeric train today.
Did you know that turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory? The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a tricky word to say – cur - cu - min – but you’ll get the hang of it, promise! Because curcumin is absolutely something you need to know about. Not only does it give turmeric its vibrant yellow hue, but curcumin is also widely considered to have natural anti-inflammatory agents. While short term inflammation is okay (it helps repair damage to your body), chronic inflammation can be problematic – and painful.
So how do you work turmeric into your diet to gain all those anti-inflammatory benefits? Supplements are of course an option, but you could also blend some up into your breakfast smoothie, add it to egg or tofu scrambles, or spice your next pot of soup.
Sounds better than popping a few ibuprofens every time you have an ache or pain, right?
Inflammation can cause a lot of skin woes – think psoriasis, eczema, acne, even (gulp) premature ageing. So, it’s no surprise that turmeric is as good as gold when it comes to skincare. Loads of dermatologists, beauty experts, and celebs swear by its healing qualities. In fact, Kourtney Kardashian is completely obsessed with turmeric for treating hyperpigmentation and other conditions. Another benefit is that it can brighten your skin tone and minimise dark spots. Need we say more?
So, how do you add turmeric to your regular skincare routine? Well, there’s actually a heap of serums, masks, and moisturisers on the market. The KORA Organics Turmeric BHA Brightening Treatment Mask is a real winner, as is the range’s Turmeric Glow Moisturiser.
But you could also go DIY and create a treatment yourself. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.
One of turmeric’s lesser-known superpowers is its scalp-soothing properties. It can do wonders to minimise irritation from conditions like dandruff, fungus, dryness, and general itchiness (we bet you’re scratching your head right about now – sorry!). Turmeric is also used to fight thinning hair, reduce breakage, and keep your mane looking glossy and shiny.
You could also give a DIY hair mask a go – here’s a few recipe combinations to try.
At the risk of bringing the tone down a few notches, turmeric is considered to have some positive mood benefits for those of us feeling a little glum. While it’s no substitute for clinical treatments, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may have antidepressant qualities, too.
And given we’ve all just lived through two of the strangest – and most lonely – years in human history, we’re pretty confident everybody is in need of a natural pick-me-up. There’s still a little way to go with the research, but there is evidence to suggest that turmeric can improve mood and combat depression.
In fact, one day it might be a mainstream treatment. But is adding a spoonful of turmeric to your breakfast smoothie enough? Probably not. You’ll likely need to try an encapsulated turmeric supplement to get the right dose and see any benefit. You’ll find these supplements at most health food stores or pharmacies and even in certain supermarkets – but remember, it’s always best to seek medical advice before adding new supplements to your daily routine.