March 21, 2014

Turmeric 101

What is it?
If you're familiar cooking with spices, you've probably heard of turmeric. Turmeric is a plant from the ginger family which has been getting a lot of attention from the medical community. A main component of turmeric, cur cumin which is said to play an essential role in combating many diseases such as alzheimer.  It is also, thought to have significant anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.

So it makes sense that cultures that have been using turmeric for centuries have also found topical uses for this ingredient to improve the health of their skin.

Skin Benefits:
Here are the top three benefits people have reported with the use of topical application:
                                     1. As an exfoliate to help brighten the complexion and combat signs of aging
                                     2. An aid in reducing acne because of its antibacterial properties
                                     3. A salve for soothing certain skin conditions and irritation.

How can it be used topically?
Its often mixed with other ingredients and applied as a mask.
Here is an easy DIY facial mask that uses Turmeric :)

                                      2 teaspoons turmeric
                                      1.5 teaspoons gram flour
                                      3-4 teaspoons of plain yogurt
Easy Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin

Mix everything together until it's the consistency of a thick batter and apply to face. Rinse after 30 mins and Remember TUMERIC WILL STAIN so be careful.

Have you used turmeric before? What are your thoughts and experiences?

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