Posted on July 10 2016
Turmeric is a well-known, much-loved and heavily used spice in the Indian sub-continent. It is an integral part of our cuisine, of Ayurvedic medicine as well as innumerable beauty DIY secrets handed down from mother to daughter over several generations.
Google, the internet search engine giant, named turmeric as the most searched food ingredient this year.
Hip cafes and restaurants all over the world are serving up various versions of "Golden Lattes" - yes, the humble Haldi Doodh of our childhood has been discovered and repackaged as a healthy and delicious alternative to coffee!
TURMERIC FOR YOUR BODY
Curcumin, the primary component of turmeric, is what makes this spice an effective anti-inflammatory, and is said to help in warding off Alzheimer’s Disease.
Its other health benefits include helping wounds to heal, preventing stomach ulcers, balancing blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol levels.
Indian cuisine uses liberal lashings of turmeric so eat up, and listen to grandma when she recommends a daily glass of the good stuff known as "Haldi Doodh"!
TURMERIC FOR YOUR SKIN
Besides its anti bacterial properties, turmeric is also widely regarded as an anti-oxidant which makes it a great choice for skincare and beauty related regimes.
Add a pinch of turmeric powder to honey, yoghurt or milk to make the most basic of turmeric masks. Apply a thin layer to cleansed and toned skin; wash off after 15 minutes.
For oily skin, make a mask using 2 tablespoon gram flour (besan),1/4 teaspoon turmeric, honey and milk. Once dry, scrub it off gently to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. The anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties of turmeric make it a boon for oily, acne prone skin.
For dry skin make the same mask as above but substitute 1/4 tsp sandalwood powder and 1/2 teaspoon almond oil in place of the milk and honey. The gram flour combined with the turmeric makes for a great exfoliant-and-antioxidant-in-one.
BEAUTY PRODUCTS WITH TURMERIC
We love the turmeric range of body care products from Kochi based brand Bipha Naturals (available here on msmbox.com)
Bipha Ayurveda Turmeric Herbal Bar
Bipha Ayurveda Turmeric Massage Oil:
Bipha Ayurveda Turmeric Body Butter: