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Benefits Of Turmeric For Skin

Updated on February 3, 2016
Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a root vegetable.
Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a root vegetable.

The benefits of Turmeric for your skin are many. Turmeric is a popular spice that has been used in Asian countries for centuries, this spice has a rich history. It is one of those spices that can be used in many different areas of our everyday life. We can cook with it, we decorate our bodies with it, it helps us to stay healthy on the inside, it helps our skin stay blemish free and youthful looking. It is an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory, it is an antiseptic.

In the world of science this spice is known as Curcuma longa. It belongs to the same plant family as ginger. It comes from grinding the leaves of the Curcuma Longa plant. Turmeric is obtained by grinding thе leaves оf thе Curcuma Longa plant.

Turmeric has been called nature's blessing to mankind for it's extensive healing properties. For centuries it has been used to treat common ailments like coughs and colds to more complex problems like allergies and even digestive problems. It's even been used in treating Alzheimer's disease. These are just some places we see the healing properties of this spice.

Some of the benefits of this wonder spice are:

  • The natural antiseptic properties - it is applied on minor cuts and burns as it promotes faster healing of wounds.
  • It contains curcumin which is being used in cancer research.
  • It helps the body detoxify chemicals and toxins.
  • It boosts the immunity in the body, keeping it free from diseases.
  • It can help delay the aging process by assisting with new cell growth and rejuvenation.
  • It assists in weight management by boosting your metabolism.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties make is a natural medicinal aid to people with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It is a helpful solution for many skin problems. There's more about the cosmetic properties of Turmeric below.

The Turmeric Plant - The Curcuma Longa - has a rich history in Asian and Indian foods and medicine.
The Turmeric Plant - The Curcuma Longa - has a rich history in Asian and Indian foods and medicine. | Source

How Turmeric Helps thе Skin


Our skin is assaulted daily by stress, pollution, and bad eating habits. The way this shows on our skin is acne, blemishes, and age spots. Many people, myself included, try to get rid of the adverse effects of this daily assault by using commercial products full of chemicals, cosmetic procedures, and even by wearing heavy makeup. None of these solutions solves the problem. They give us temporary relief, but the war isn't over.

To achieve naturally beautiful skin, you must find natural skin care remedies. Turmeric is one of those "must have" ingredients to add to your skin care routine. Turmeric is one of those products that can be used both inside and out for optimum health and skin care benefits.

Acne: Bacteria and dirt get clogged in your skin pores and you end up with a break out. Pimples and blackheads, and the over-production of sebum, can spell big trouble for a face. Turmeric can help clear up your break-out and maintain clear skin. It also controls that acne causing sebum which can also lead to a reduction of pimples.

Pigmentation: Skin pigmentation problems can be caused by a variety of events. Hormonal changes, too much sunlight, pregnancy, your body's over production of melanin are just a few of the causes of hyperpigmentation. The daily use of turmeric can help to reduce pigmentation.

Bruises: Kids are always getting bumps, cuts, and bruises. If you apply turmeric powder to these minor cuts or scratches can help them heal faster.

Glowing Skin: Daily use of turmeric can brighten skin tone and give your face a beautiful youthful glow.

Burn Marks: Turmeric promotes faster healing and can lighten the marks left from a burn.

Stretch Marks: Stretch marks are what every woman wants to avoid. Pregnant woman can lighten fresh stretch marks by apply turmeric to those marks to some extent.

Moisturizes: Turmeric helps to fight dry skin. One way to treat your dry skin is to mix it with a bit of milk and apply it to your skin.

Clear Skin: Massage a mix of turmeric and cream on your skin to remove hair from the skin.

Skin Diseases: Regular use of turmeric can help fight skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, red rashes оn thе skin, аnd marks due tо chickenpox аnd smallpox.

Aging: I saved the best for last! Turmeric can delay the aging process. The antioxidant properties in turmeric fight the free radicals in your system. The free radicals are what causes wrinkles and fine lines, turmeric can help stop and reverse that process.

Turmeric Powder is used in medicine and in skin care
Turmeric Powder is used in medicine and in skin care | Source

How To Use Turmeric On Your Skin

There are many natural turmeric recipes you can use to keep your skin youthful, blemish free, and glowing. I am going to put a couple down here so you can take advantage of them.

  1. 1 Teaspoon of turmeric
  2. 1 Teaspoon of sugar
  3. 1/2 to 1 cup of hot milk

Stir it well and drink it up. Drinking a turmeric and milk drink every day will keep those skin problems away.

Turmeric can be applied directly to the skin. A paste is the way to go if you want to treat your skin from the outside.

Here's the ingredients you will need:

  1. 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
  2. 1 Teaspoon of Chickpea Flour
  3. 1 Teaspoon of Water

The formula for this face paste is 1 part turmeric to 4 parts chickpea flour and water. You want to make a thick paste and then apply it to your skin. Let it stay on your face for about 10 minutes. Remove the paste by rinsing it with warm water, gently. When the paste is removed rinse your skin with a splash of cold water. Dry your face gently with a soft towel. Your skin will feel smooth and supple after this luxurious beauty treatment.

* If you have dry skin - use milk instead of water

Sunburn: The same cream will help to relieve sunburn. The only thing that is different is the time. Leave the paste on your sunburnt skin for about 5 minutes and rinse it with a lukewarm splash of water. Keep the skin moist using your favorite moisturizer or Aloe Vera Gel.

Fresh Cuts/Bruises: If you want to treat fresh cuts or bruises with turmeric, just rub some dry turmeric powder on them. This will speed up the healing process and they should be gone in no time.

Now I am sure you see why Turmeric has been called "The Spice Of Life". It has so man healthy and helpful benefits for your body inside and out. It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-aging properties...I just can't get enough of this spice. It is an immunity booster which will help your total health picture.

Want more turmeric? Try some of the many Indian dishes you can make and eat. Many of them include turmeric in the recipe, it's been used in Indian foods and medicines for centuries. Adding this beneficial spice to your diet will only increase the benefits it holds in store for you.

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