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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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