Turmeric paste is a thick mixture of turmeric powder and water. The paste is used in food, as a beauty treatment and for medicinal purposes. For consumption, turmeric paste can be used to make an almond butter sandwich spread, mixed with honey for a sweet paste, mixed with liquids to drink for medicinal purposes or as an ingredient in a hot beverage called golden milk. As a beauty treatment, turmeric paste is used for facials, to reduce acne, as a body scrub and for hair removal. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, a system of alternative medicine that originated in India more than 2,000 years ago.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1/2 cup turmeric powder
- 1 cup water
Stir together 1/2 cup turmeric powder and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until it is smooth.
Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer until it thickens.
Store paste in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Tips and warnings
- Look for turmeric powder in the supermarket spice aisle. The containers of turmeric sold in the supermarket are relatively small; you may want to shop at an Indian grocery store to find larger packages of turmeric powder.
- Turmeric will stain both clothes and skin. The turmeric stain will eventually fade from skin, but will leave a permanent stain on clothing.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate herbal remedies. You should consult your physician before using any herbal remedies.
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