Turmeric, otherwise known as the Golden Spice, is one of the most treasured and celebrated spices around the world. It has incredible health benefits and it is welcomed in oriental kitchens as a beloved ingredient of stews and curries, but it is also used as a remedy for a myriad of health and skin issues. Indian Ayurveda and the traditional Chinese medicine have both used turmeric and its benefits to treat various skin conditions and health issues.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, as it relieves the inflammation of the cuts, wounds, and bruises. It is also anti-bacterial and acts as a promoter of new skin growth. Turmeric provides glow to the skin, and it is considered to be able to help with rheumatoid arthritis, heartburn, bronchitis, stomach pain, jaundice, cold, flu, fever, headaches, diarrhea, ringworm, menstrual pain, and various other issues, among which are the bruises.
How to Make Turmeric Paste for Bruises
Making a turmeric paste is easy and does not require a lot of time. It is natural and most importantly, it can help the bruises go away faster.
To make a paste, you will need 120ml (1/2 cup) of organic turmeric powder, 250ml (1 cup) of water, one and a half teaspoon of ground black pepper, and about 70ml of coconut or cold pressed olive oil.
Pour the water in the pan and add turmeric to it. Heat slowly and stir until you get a thick paste, which should take up to ten minutes. Add the oil and pepper in the end and keep stirring to mix all the ingredients together. Let the paste cool. You can store it in the jar in the fridge and use it for up to two weeks.
How to Use Turmeric Paste
To use this turmeric paste for your bruises, you can simply apply a layer of paste to the bruise and cover with a clean gauze. After a few hours, rinse and reapply for as long as you feel necessary. Note that turmeric can color your skin yellow since it is brightly colored, but this issue will go away after a few days.
To add to the already beneficial turmeric paste, you can add comfrey to your paste. This herb is full of allantoin, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that will promote cell growth. You can also opt for adding parsley leaves to the paste to kickstart the healing process. Parsley is packed with vitamin K and vitamin C, which are known for their benefits to broken vessels and their ability to decrease the swelling.
Alternatively, you can also drink turmeric milk every day to promote the healing even more. Simply mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk and drink this delicious beverage every morning before breakfast.
Cooking with turmeric is also an option. Opting to eat healthy greens such as broccoli and spinach and adding a little bit of turmeric powder or turmeric paste to this energizing lunch will promote the healing of your bruise and give you all the benefits of turmeric and the tasty veggies. Since broccoli and spinach, and, additionally, lettuce, are rich in vitamin K, they help the bruises go away faster.
Another option is to mix the turmeric paste with yogurt. You will need one tablespoon of each. Mix them well and apply gently to your bruise. Allow the mixture to sit for about half an hour, or even longer if you can. Rinse well and apply daily for best results.
Turmeric and salt make a good paste as well. Simply mix half a teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of salt, and a little bit of water and form a paste. Keep stirring until you are satisfied with the consistency and apply this mixture to your bruise. You will feel release from the pain almost immediately, and your bruise should be gone in a few days.