Turmeric-The Amazing Wound Healer
Turmeric is great when consumed and you all know about that! It is a spice that is found always in the typical Indian kitchen. You must also know that it can heal small wounds when applied topically and who can forget the ‘haldi wala doodh’ to make the wound heal faster? Turmeric heals the cut, prevent it from getting infected and reduces the pain.
Wondering how turmeric works so well in treating minor wounds? Well, the credit goes to curcumin, the component of turmeric that is known to possess anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It has the capability of treating a wide range of diseases and symptoms. When turmeric is applied to the wound, the healing process speeds up and this reduces the risk of scar formation.
How does turmeric work on healing the wound?
The following is how turmeric works in healing wounds-
- The antibiotic nature prevents bacteria from infecting the wound.
- The anti-inflammatory nature provides relief from inflammation.
- The analgesic nature helps in relieving pain.
- It enables the formation of new skin cells and helps in closing the wound.
How to apply turmeric on wounds?
There are several ways of applying turmeric on wounds. It can be either applied directly on the wound or be used with other natural ingredients for more benefit. Turmeric is most often mixed with different elements like ghee, mustard oil or ginger paste and is applied on wounds and bruises. Each combination has a different effect on the wound. However, if the wound is too deep you better get proper medical attention.
Choosing the right quality of turmeric
Just like other herbs, it is essential to choose the right turmeric for the treatment of wounds. It is better to rub the turmeric root on a stone and make the paste of turmeric to be applied on the wound. Avoid using turmeric powder bought form the market for this purpose as it can be adulterated and will do more harm than good.
Here are a few things that have to be kept in mind while purchasing turmeric because even the one you are consuming should be of the best quality.
- Buy from a reliable brand and check the product for adulteration.
- Opt for organically grown turmeric so that you are sure that pesticides have not been used.
But how to find out whether the turmeric is adulterated or not? Doesn’t that seem like a big task? Well here is how to go about it. You can test the purity of your store bought turmeric powder in your own kitchen without the need of any chemicals. Dissolve about half a teaspoonful of turmeric powder in about 20 ml of lukewarm water . Add a few drop of lemon juice or any other acid easily available at home. If the water changes its colour to pink, purple or violet it means that the adulterant Metanil yellow is present. Don’t use this at all! Sometime I wonder that the olden days were good when ladies used to buy turmeric roots and powder it by themselves at home.
So, that was all about turmeric as a wound healer and I also happened to cover a bit about turmeric adulteration. It is even considered good to apply turmeric on the face as a face pack because it fights acne and pimples.
Hope this post was useful!
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