Yogurt seems to get a lot of bad press, but it is a top food in my book. I’ve grown up on it, and happily those were days when everything did not have to be proven beneficial or harmful by laboratory research. People relied on time-tested wisdom and lived healthier, happier (at least to my understanding).
I cannot imagine a summer meal without yogurt! I cannot imagine what I would do without its staggering skin care benefits. Yogurt is so versatile, so healing—be it in your bowl or on your skin. Here is a very short list of ways to reap its immense benefits:
- Mix a pinch of turmeric in two teaspoons of yogurt, and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Apply all over face and neck. Rinse off with warm water after a while. The pack leaves your face glowing.
- Mix together yogurt and peach or strawberry pulp. Drizzle a little honey if you like. Enjoy as a low-calorie, nourishing snack. Set aside two teaspoons of this dessert snack and apply it all over sun-burnt or dry skin for cooling relief!
- Oops, does your stew or soup taste too salty? Just add a little yogurt to cut down on the saltiness and add instant, interesting flavor.
- Every tried potatoes cooked in yogurt gravy? They are a breeze to make and taste delicious. Boil, peel and cut two medium-sized potatoes into quarters. Whip a cup of yogurt with a fork until smooth. Heat a teaspoon of ghee or olive oil in a pan, and toss in some cumin or mustard seeds. Add a pinch of turmeric, a little cayenne pepper (optional) and gently slide in the yogurt. Stir for a few minutes, and add the potatoes to the yogurt “curry.” Season to taste. Sprinkle fresh herbs of your choice and enjoy hot or at room temperature.
- Yogurt is an excellent conditioner for hair. Simply rub it—or better still, get someone to rub it—into your scalp, right down to the roots of the hair. Let it stay for at least 30 minutes before you wash your hair with an herbal cleanser. This simple treatment leaves hair lustrous and full of bounce.
- Yogurt can help banish dark spots if you use this exfoliating scrub regularly: mix a teaspoon of ground walnuts into yogurt to make a thick paste. Dampen face and neck, and gently rub the yogurt scrub all over your skin for a good two minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Yogurt helps even out complexion.
- Yogurt contains zinc, which fights inflammation. If you suffer from acne and rashes, let yogurt come to your rescue. Simply mix it with grated cucumber or carrot and apply all over skin. The lactic acid in yogurt, mild and rejuvenating, also helps.