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Home Remedies with Turmeric for skin

Updated on July 18, 2011
Turmeric Plant
Turmeric Plant
Indian women in rural India still apply pure turmeric on their face.
Indian women in rural India still apply pure turmeric on their face.

Turmeric - Benefits

Turmeric belongs to the ginger family. It grows in tropical region and requires abundant water to thrive. It is used widely in South Asian especially in Indian cuisine. You will find the powder being added to almost all Indian curries. It is available in powder or as fresh roots.

Fact: Ayurveda, the Indian Medical System clearly documents turmeric as an antiseptic and antibacterial. It has been used for its medicinal value since 1900 BC in India.

Benefit: Turmeric paste was applied to burn victim so that the skin does not get infected.

Benefit: Applying turmeric paste to skin gives you healthy smooth skin. It also helps reduce acne and other skin related problems. It is also has been known to be helpful in treating psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Info: See home remedy below for beautiful skin.

Fact: The most important component of Turmeric is curcumin. A lot of clinical tests have shown curcumin to have anti-tumor,anti-oxidant, anti-arthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition it may be effective in treating malaria, prevention of cervical cancer prostate cancer and colon cancer, and may interfere with the replication of the HIV virus. Much research has been done in the last couple of year to study the effects of curcumin on cancer cells.

Benefit: The anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties help in alleviating the pain associated with arthritis. It can be used as a treatment for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Benefit: Alzheimer’s disease is caused by  formation of plaques (amyloid A) between neurons (nerve cells). It is suggested that curcumin may clear amyloid A accumulation by increasing the activity of macrophages to eat away the plaques. Serious research is also being done to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease using curcumin.

Benefit: The presence of curcumin in turmeric can reduce the level of LDL leading to lesser bad cholesterol and a health heart.

It is supported to have very high oxidants.

Benefit: Turmeric is also known to help in digestion problems and general well being of digestive system. See home remedy for a natural detox/cleanse.

Home Remedies

For Digestive System Cleanse and Healthy bones

Milk 2% or 1% or Fat Free – 1 mug
Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon

Step 1: Boil Milk in a pan.
Step 2: Add the Turmeric Powder.
Step 3: Stir and leave in low heat for sometime.
Step 4: Allow to cool and drink.

Good for good digestive health, metabolism and people with arthritis.

For health glowing skin, prevent acne

Info: This will not cause your skin to turn yellow like the lady above, due to the small amount of turmeric. The lady uses pure turmeric and only turmeric.

Warning: Use lesser amounts of turmeric to play it safe and to start with.

Turmeric Powder or Fresh Turmeric ground into a paste – 1/2 teaspoon
Gram Flour – 1 tablespoon (Available in Indian stores)
Milk Cream – ½ table spoon

Info: If you are asking "What the heck is Milk Cream?" here you go - When you heat milk and leave it out for a while, you get a thin skin kind of thing floating on top. The longer you heat milk in low temperature more milk cream will form on top.

Step 1: Add all of the above ingredients
Step 2: Mix them well (using hand)
Step 3: Apply on skin
Step 4: Leave for a few hours before washing away in cold water (no soap or cleanser)
Step 5: Apply more often for better results.

Hello beautiful skin!

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a medical practitioner.These are only general guidelines. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case.


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      cinwil2u 5 years ago

      when ingesting tumeric, what is the usual doseage???

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      tangoshoes 5 years ago

      Turmeric is seriously a life saver! You can ingest it or use it topically for a ton of cures! This weekend it seriously saved me from having a painful surgery. While I'm not a doctor I can say that I would much rather try a natural cure before unnecessarily exposing my body to all sorts of problems with a surgery. It is particularly helpful with boils, cysts, and infections of the skin. Take orally to prevent or take topically to treat current sores. While it will tint your skin yellow, most likely a the look of a boil or cyst your not going to care much lol! Great hub!

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      pruthvi 5 years ago

      whether it is useful for oil skin

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      arvind 5 years ago

      how cn i use it for the treatment of acne...

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      Julie 5 years ago

      My mom used fresh tumeric as a teen for her acne and for beautiful skin. She passed down the secret to me and I've been using tumeric for the past few days.

      I wash my face

      Smash up the tumeric

      Add some water to the mix

      Then I would rub it all over my face

      Make sure you wash your hands real well (it might stain your nails)

      I also put a towel on my pillow (just in case it stains)

      Don't be scared if your face turns yellow, it will go away once you wash your face. So far it has been working well for me. I'll continue using it for the next few weeks/months and I'm hoping to see improvements to my skin. :)

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      celeBritys4africA 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      An alternative remedy, I like your article.

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      Thelma 7 years ago

      It's amazing!

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      BundleBoy 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Butterfly Lady 8 years ago from Broken Arrow, OK

      All natural remedies have been a source of good health and I thank you for your informative article. Your information was great.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Happy you like it!

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      VitamineCentral 8 years ago

      Very informative article.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I had briefly read something about tumeric being good for something, now I know what. I'm going to have to look into this further. I bookmarked your hub for future reference. Very well researched, thanks for sharing.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Patti, See if you can get pure,organic turmeric. The powders you get in stores might be processed and in turn lose their medicinal value. Also start with little amount (few grams) and test it on your skin to make sure you are not allergic. Would love to know the results!

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      Patti Ann 8 years ago from Florida

      I have heard of the benefits of tumeric - I didn't realize that it had so many. I'm going to try the facial mask.

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      madalsa 8 years ago

      I have used turmeric for bacterial infection on skin,it works and also with warm water for cough,it works.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks rallenbrewster for the comments. Well I knew it had some goodness but had no idea it was this good until I did my research. You might also want to look at the other ones in the series. I thinking about adding more such hubs in that series. Thanks again.

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      rallenbrewster 8 years ago from USA

      wow nice hub, I study herbology and in fact use it often in my fictional writings. Great info, I had no idea that tasty ingredient in my curry powder was so versatil.