Discover the benefits of nature’s own wonder spice turmeric.
Spices were once considered so valuable that Christopher Columbus set off from Spain in search of them in India, the ‘Land of Spices’. Though he never made it, and landed on the shores of America instead, spices continue to be in high demand even to this day.
Today, we Indians use spice in our kitchens every single day, and one of the spices we use in abundance is turmeric. Ever wondered why your mum puts heaps of the stuff in every Indian dish? It’s true that it adds colour and brightens up the presentation, but turmeric contains many other hidden properties as well.
In Thailand, turmeric is grown in many areas and sold in most local markets. Turmeric, or haldi, is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Ayurvedic healing. However, its uses are not only limited to consumption; it can also be applied to the skin. Turmeric is found in many facial masks, scrubs and beauty packs, and its results have always been consistent. Celebrity Priyanka Chopra also uses turmeric in her home-made face mask. So if you desire a dose of this culinary and nutritional powerhouse, here are five different uses of turmeric that will definitely inspire you.
Anti Aging Mask
As we grow older, it’s only natural to have concerns about our skin and how we look. It requires a lot of research on our part to find the best anti-aging cream most suitable for our skin type. Many people prefer not to use a cream continuously, for fear it may change their complexion completely. There is a home-made alternative to that: turmeric. To prepare an anti-aging mask at home, all you will need is:
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp yoghurt
- 1 tsp honey
To make this mask, mix all the ingredients together to create a smooth paste and apply it to your face thoroughly. Keep it on for 20 minutes or more, until it dries. Wash it off gently with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Doing this about twice a week will keep your face smooth and glowing. No wonder we have the haldi ritual in the Indian wedding ceremony!
Since ancient times, turmeric has been used to heal small cuts and burns. Its main component, curcumin, acts as a natural antibiotic to prevent any bacterial infection in a wound. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and soothes the body internally and externally. With regular application and consumption of turmeric in moderate amounts, you will definitely keep your acne away.
Remedy for Oily Skin
Though oily skin requires less moisture, it still needs the application of products to make the skin oil free, as too much oil can also increase acne. All you need is:
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 1/2 tbsp chickpea flour
- 1/2 tsp almond oil
- Milk as required
Combine all the ingredients to make a smooth paste and apply it to your face. Keep it on for 30 minutes and lightly scrub it off with lukewarm water. This will make your face instantly less oily, and you will be left with super-soft hydrated skin.
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Many people think that exfoliating scrubs are high maintenance and that not everybody needs them. That’s a myth because the main purpose of exfoliation is to clear unwanted dead skin cells and rejuvenate the body. Just as our body needs vitamins to function, the skin needs exfoliation to replenish itself. To make the body scrub you will need:
- 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 cups oatmeal powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Water as required
Solution for Cracked Heels
Some of the main causes of cracked heels are dry skin, lack of moisture, lack of foot care, standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods, and an unhealthy diet. Even wearing the wrong type of shoes can lead to cracked heels. However, it is essential to try to fix it before it gets too bad. Having cracked heels is a way your feet call for attention to be treated. One simple remedy is to take a little coconut oil and mix it with turmeric powder. This will quickly heal the skin, and nourish it too. The coconut oil will act as a moisturiser and keep your feet supple and soft. This is a good remedy to use before bedtime, as a good night’s sleep will enhance the healing.
How to Remove Any Excess Turmeric?
If turmeric stains your skin, massage a little olive oil in the affected area and use a cotton pad to remove any excess. The point is to make your skin glow, so be careful not to overdo it.