9. Soothes Minor Burns
Turmeric is known for its soothing properties that may help deal with minor burns. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin help reduce the pain from minor burns. It may also decrease damage to the skin tissues.
A study published in the Journal of Burn Care & Research in 2011 found that treatment of burn wounds with intravenous curcumin in a rat comb burn model decreased burn wound progression and that these effects were bimodal, suggesting more than one mechanism of action .
A 2013 study published in Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs found curcumin to be a promising investigational drug to treat both burn pain and wounds .
- Mix a pinch of turmeric with some milk and apply it on the affected area. Let it dry, then wash it off gently with cool water. Repeat this several times a day.
- To prepare your own burn cream, mix ½ a cup of aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and ½ a teaspoon of turmeric in a jar. Put the jar in a cool, dark place for 1 week. Then use it as a homemade lotion on burn wounds.
10. Heals Cracked Heels
Cracked heels not only compel you to keep your feet covered all the time, they also cause a lot of pain. To help treat the cracks on your heels, try turmeric.
Being anti-inflammatory in nature, turmeric helps deal with the pain. Also, its antimicrobial nature plays a key role in preventing any fungal infection from developing.
- Mix ½ a tablespoon of turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of neem paste. Apply it on the cracks. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse it off using lukewarm water. Do it 1 or 2 times a day.
- Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and a little coconut or olive oil to form a paste. Apply the paste on your cracked heels and put on an old pair of socks. Leave it on overnight. The next morning, wash off the paste with warm water and a mild soap. Do this once daily.
- Always buy good quality turmeric to reap the maximum skin benefits. If possible, buy only organic turmeric.
- Handle turmeric carefully and take necessary precautions, as it can leave a bright yellow stain on everything it touches.
- If there is turmeric stain on your skin, do not panic. It will fade away in a matter of a few days.
- Some people may be allergic to turmeric, so always do a patch test before using it more broadly on your skin.