Turmeric is the best homemade remedy for monsoon ailments
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Turmeric is an excellent remedy for various infections that pop their head up during the rainy season.


Come monsoon, we all start feeling under the weather as the seasonal cold, cough and viral infections start doing the rounds. While popping the pill is not the most effective way to treat these niggling colds and coughs, the traditional tried and tested dadima’s nuskas come a long way in beating the monsoon blues and illnesses. While our traditional kitchens house an arsenal of healing ingredients, one such ingredient that has superpowers is the turmeric.


Not enough can be said about the innumerable health properties of turmeric. Largely dedicated to the substance curcumin that gives it both the lovely yellow hue and anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, turmeric comes in particularly handy during the monsoon season. Apart from having turmeric with everyday food, there are various ways this root spice can chip in with medical aid. Let’s find out how.

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For sore throat: We all agree that there’s no better remedy to sore throat than gargling with warm saline solution, popularly referred to as salt water gargle. Add a pinch of turmeric to this solution while gargling the next time and see how the healing picks up pace.


For respiratory ailments: Are you having a bout of sneezing and nasal congestion? Steam inhalation is hands down the best solution. Simultaneously, try heating a teaspoon of pure organic turmeric powder on a flat pan and inhaling the vapour. Tell us if it works like a magic potion!


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For cough: No cough syrup can beat the power of a teaspoon of honey mixed with organic turmeric powder. Some ginger juice to go with the mixture will only add to its healing power. It’s not just tasty, it can heal the whole upper respiratory tract organically, and without any side effects of a cough syrup. Time to say goodbye to drowsiness.


Inflammation in the body: Drinking a warm glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric powder has the power to take care of any seasonal inflammation. Make it a habit to have a glass of turmeric milk every night before going to bed to bid adieu to inflammation forever.


For athlete’s foot: Athlete’s foot is a very common infection during monsoon. This ring worm fungal infection can be a nightmare what with constant itching, soreness and burning in the area. While keeping the foot, especially the area between the toes, dry is the best way to prevent the infection, once infected, a turmeric paste makes an excellent remedy. 

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Make a paste with turmeric and some water and apply the paste directly to the infected area. Not just athlete’s foot, this remedy can be applied to any skin infection, either bacterial or fungal, since turmeric is both antifungal and antibacterial. While minor infections like athlete’s foot heals in a weak or two with turmeric paste application, more serious infections may take more time but will heal nonetheless. The key is to be patient!

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