It's about time turmeric took its rightful place alongside matcha and kale in the Superfood Hall of Fame—though the yellow-hued root (which is native to India and Southeast Asia) has been a treasured remedy in Eastern medicine for centuries, it has only just started to hit the wellness mainstream here in the States. Better late than never, since the health benefits abound: Due to an incredibly antioxidant content, turmeric can effectively combat free radicals, firm up skin, and reduce inflammation all over the body. It's also a natural immune booster and can help ease poor digestion, among other things. And fortunately adopting turmeric into your routine doesn't need to involve an elaborate recipes or DIYs.
Below, we're counting down five incredibly simple ways to reap the benefits on a daily basis.
Consider it the evening version of a matcha latte—a comforting cup of spiced golden milk offers the same kind of antioxidant boost without the caffeine. Typically a golden latte consists of a blend of nondairy milk, turmeric powder, ginger, black pepper, coconut oil, and natural sweetener, all mixed to taste. But if you'd rather remove the guesswork, there are plenty of premade powder blends available on the market. (Just add warm milk.)
Did you know that you have an incredibly potent anti-aging ingredient hiding in your pantry? Research shows that turmeric improves skin elasticity and can help prevent wrinkle formation and sun damage. When used topically, it also visibly brightens skin. Whip up some impressive results yourself with this expert-approved, three-ingredient face mask.
If a curry seems too involved, you can still reap the health benefits by dusting turmeric on some quick roasted vegetables. We like chopping up some root veggies (think potatoes, carrots, and beets), adding a teaspoon of turmeric, some coconut oil, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Mix it all on a lined baking sheet until the vegetables are evenly coated, and then roast them in the oven (at 400 degrees) for about 40 minutes or until the veggies are golden brown.
Given its natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, turmeric attacks the source of a zit while simultaneously clearing up any redness. Keep it in mind the next time you're toughing out a breakout—your new favorite treatment might be as simple as creating a "paste" with turmeric powder and a few drops of water or honey.
For a truly lazy approach, invest in a turmeric extract or concentrate. By simply adding a few drops to a glass of water, you'll get your daily dose of brain- and body-boosting antioxidants with minimal effort.