5 Top Turmeric Powder Benefits For Skin & Health

turmeric powder benefits

Turmeric powder has loads of health benefits and medicinal uses. We always stock turmeric powder at home as we use it in our cooking for all the three meals. Turmeric powder is not just a spice for us, it is a medicine too. It heals a wide variety of problems from reducing inflammation, treating skin problems like acne and scars, improving our immunity, treating ulcers and healing wounds. The list of medicinal uses of turmeric is quite long and you can read about them in detail here.

What Is Turmeric Powder?

Turmeric powder is got by grinding the rhizomes of turmeric plant which belongs to the genus Curcuma. There are many varieties of turmeric and the variety that is normally used for cooking in India is Curcuma longa.

Curcuma Longa Varieties

There are 2 common varieties of Curcuma longa, one is long and thin and another is a short fat variety we call gundu manjal in Tamil. We use both for making turmeric powder.

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How to Make Turmeric Powder At Home

  • Collect fresh turmeric roots, soak them in water to get rid of all the dirt. Rub them well to remove dirt completely. Rinse a few times and strain out the water.
  • Steam the roots in a steamer or idli pan.
  • Once soft to the touch, cut into very small pieces. Now spread them on a plate and sun dry till there is no moisture left.
  • Powder in a dry mixer. We usually make it in bulk so we take it to our local flour mill for powdering. I would suggest the same to you too as it is very hard to powder in a mixer.
  • Spread ground powder in a plate to cool down completely and then store in a glass bottle. Turmeric powder will last well for an year at room temperature in the pantry.

Turmeric Powder Nutritional Value:

100 grams of turmeric powder contains around 352 calories, 3.8 grams of fat, 19.8 grams of fibre, 72 grams carbohydrates and 6.8 grams of protein.

Turmeric Powder Dosage & Side Effects

Turmeric powder if used in the amount that we normally add in cooking will not cause any problems at all but in therapeutic dosages it can cause side effects if we go above a certain amount. It has been proven to be safe up to 8 grams per day so I would suggest not consuming more than that. You can read the detailed side effects of turmeric here.

Where To Buy Turmeric Powder?

We get turmeric powder in all the departmental stores in India for very cheap. When buying turmeric powder, try to buy organic turmeric powder for best results. You can also order it online too.

turmeric powder for skinTurmeric Powder Benefits: 5 Top Ways To Use Turmeric Powder

1. Turmeric Powder Face Oil

Take a tablespoon of turmeric powder in a glass bottle. Add in 1/4 cup of grape seed oil. Let it steep for a few days, after few days the turmeric powder will settle down and the golden oil will float on top. Use the oil to massage your whole body. This oil will help prevent skin infections very very effectively and everybody will benefit using it.

2. Turmeric Face Pack

For the face pack, take a tablespoon of turmeric powder in a bowl. Add in equal amounts of multani mitti to it  Add in quarter teaspoon of honey. Finally add in enough milk or rose water. Mix well and apply as a face pack. This pack brightens dull skin and helps treat acne and blemishes. If you have dry skin, use milk and if you have oily skin use rose water. This pack can be used weekly twice.

3. Turmeric Powder Milk For Reducing Inflammation

For making turmeric powder milk, take 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup, add in 2 pinches of pepper. Add in a cup of warm milk and mix well. Finally add in honey to taste. This drink will help reduce inflammation very very fast.

4. Turmeric Poultice For Healing Wounds

For making the poultice, take a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup. Add in equal amounts of neem powder to it. Now add in rice water to form a paste. Rice water is nothing but the strained water after cooking rice. To use, apply this paste as a poultice over scrapes and wounds, it will help heal it faster.

5. Turmeric Bath Powder

We generally make bath powder yearly once during hot summer months and use it year round. Usually turmeric powder forms the base for it. To make a simple bath powder, mix one part green gram dal powder, 1/4 part turmeric powder and half part avarampoo powder. Use this as a bath powder to prevent skin infections completely.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Iam suffering from Sinusitis.It relieved from Headache.Thanks a lot

  2. Anonymous
    December 21, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    Please provide the detergent for cloths like ariel,etc….

  3. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 22, 2014 / 5:01 am

    I will try posting detergent recipes on the blog, soon… 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    January 9, 2015 / 4:14 am

    I am suffering from severe headache.Don't know if it is sinusitis or not. I have this head ache when i travel or getting tensed or when i go out in sun. I have consulted many doctors and the medicine din't made any result in me. Any how I am going to try this. Hope this will work.

  5. Anonymous
    March 17, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    hello I am curious if this is with fresh turmeric or dried? Thank you I will check back in or maybe it would be best to e-mail you!?;-)

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2015 / 5:21 pm

      Hi,I have used dried turmeric in this remedy…:)

  6. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Can I use turmeric powder and smoke it like a cigarette?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:37 pm

      It will cause sneezing, instead sprinkle it over hot coal and inhale the fumes…

  7. Ramya Shanmugham
    January 13, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Thanks for such a good post Ramya

  8. A Simpler Life
    February 16, 2017 / 2:57 am

    What about boiling fresh turmeric and breathing the steam? Does this work as well?

  9. Abirami
    February 23, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Can this be used to clear nasal congestion in infants as well ?

  10. sandra mccutcheon
    April 4, 2018 / 1:00 am

    Can you use it in a vaporizer with other herbs and get benefits

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 4, 2018 / 4:28 am

      Yes, you can use it with other herbs like eucalyptus, Sandra…

  11. Anonymous
    May 11, 2018 / 4:00 am

    can you explain how to do this?

    ” external application of castor oil helps in proper lymphatic flow. Proper working of lymphatic system is one of the underlying keys to good health and vitality”

  12. ashok raman
    February 19, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    I am pretty sure this will work against COVID too. Curcumin has proven properties to destroy the lipid layer of such viruses and so this procedure should definitely lead to a relief and then a cure. I wish the world would be aware of such simple techniques instead of attempting the use of expensive, emergency-use vaccines and their limitations (of dealing with various virus mutants).

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