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7 Brilliant Ways to Benefit from Yogurt

7 Brilliant Ways to Benefit from Yogurt

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.

Related:
11 Surprising Uses for Yogurt
Make Your Own Dairy-Free Yogurt

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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4:57PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

The best yoghurt is Greek Yoghurt (not Greek style yoghurt)

5:01AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Good to know,thanks for sharing.

5:25AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Mary B: Of course yoghurt is made with whole milk - it's the stuff that just says 'yoghurt'!

3:43PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Thanks.

1:59PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Thanks

11:51AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Kay M, why did you think that Care2 was anti milk and dairy? Certainly there are lots vegans that post, but there's also plenty of people who are not who care deeply about all kinds of issues.There are also all levels of emotional/psychological maturity and spiritual non religious understanding here as well as fundamentalist athiest and religious viewpoints. There's lots of folks into self-sufficiency and sustainable environmental practices who are rightwing on the political spectrum, heavy into conspiracy theories who hate Obama and immagrants and don't want to pay taxes.But they still love their families and pets and treat their food animals decently.We all live our lives from different sets of beliefs. Aint it just interesting as all get out?

6:10AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

My grocery list has yogurt, broccoli and berries of all kinds...what else today?

5:58AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

1:57AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Ta.

8:51PM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

I thought care2 was anti-milk/dairy.

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