-Turmeric for skin
I don’t know about you, but I am seeing this exotic golden spice, turmeric for skin, pop up everywhere. Turmeric is being hailed as the hero ingredient in not only expected places like authentic Indian and Asian cuisine, but in herbal teas, lattes, tonics, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, savoury dips, dietary supplements, chutneys and would you believe, skincare products. So what is all the fuss about??
Here are some home truths about this terrific plant.
Turmeric, also known as Haldi in India or Jayanti in Sanskrit, is a spice – a deep, orange coloured root plant (part of the ginger family) commonly grown and used in cooking in India, China, Africa and parts of Asia. As well as being the chief ingredient in culinary delights, turmeric has also been used traditionally in innumerable ways to benefit the functions of the human body, including our skin and hair.
Turmeric is an anti-oxidant, is anti-bacterial and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Its dietary intake has been credited to lowering the risk of heart disease, being beneficial to arthritis, supporting healthy brain function as well as assisting the prevention of cancer.
In Ayurveda, the Indian system of holistic medicine, turmeric is also credited to many health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, protecting intestinal flora, preventing blood clots, cardiovascular diseases, cataracts and rheumatoid arthritis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the major benefits of turmeric include promoting the circulation of qi to relieve indigestion, abdominal distention and pain, bruises, early stages of cervical cancer and more. In TCM, turmeric is well known to benefit many skin conditions including acne and acne scars.
When blended as a paste, turmeric can be used as a face and/or hair mask with reportedly, amazing benefits. Again, in Ayurveda medicine, turmeric is useful in treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties are said to help soothe pimples and acne. The curcumin works to fight bacteria and relieves the spread of infection.
So, it seems that whether ingested by way of a yummy curry or a yuppy latte or even absorbed by way of a hair or face mask, turmeric could just be the terrific tonic that everyone’s talking about.