From Soothing Burns to Alleviating Psoriasis: 10 Health and Beauty Benefits of Turmeric
The seemingly humble turmeric or haldi can be easily found in every Indian kitchen. Apart from adding flavour and colour to our food, turmeric can help with several health and beauty related issues. Turmeric has been used for centuries, even in ancient India for its ayurvedic properties. From aiding the immune system to preventing bone disease – turmeric has several benefits.
Here are some of the health and beauty benefits of turmeric.
It can alleviate acne.
Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can not only help alleviate acne, but can also help lighten scars and spots left behind by acne. Mix turmeric with sandalwood powder and lemon juice, and apply this mask on your face. Don't leave it on for more than 10 minutes since turmeric can stain your face if left on for too long.
It can soothe burns.
Burnt yourself accidentally by touching a hot pan? Don't worry. A paste made of turmeric and aloe vera gel can help soothe the burn and even heal the wound if applied regularly.
It can reduce skin pigmentation and tanning.
Turmeric can give you an even skin tone and help lighten tanned skin. Make a mask with turmeric powder, cucumber pulp, and lemon juice and apply it on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
It can help heal cracked heels.
Apply a mask of turmeric powder, a few drops of coconut oil, and honey on your cracked heels for 10 to 15 minutes before taking a bath regularly. This will not only heal your cracked heels, but also soften them.
It can keep your skin firm.
Turmeric contains a mineral called manganese. This mineral supports the production of collagen, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
It can help treat skin conditions.
Turmeric, which is a natural antiseptic, mixed with full fat milk can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation as well. People who have skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can benefit from using turmeric regularly.
It can help treat insomnia.
Turmeric milk can not only help alleviate insomnia, but also improve skin health. You can mix a pinch of pepper, which will help the body absorb the turmeric. If you want to sweeten it, add honey instead of sugar.
It can also combat cold.
Turmeric has antioxidants, which can fight free radicals that destroy healthy cells in the body. This weakens the immune system that can make you more prone to diseases of all kind, including the common cold. Make a paste with black pepper, cardamom, and turmeric and have it with plain water or warm milk whenever you feel under the weather.
It can help treat scalp issues.
Use a mixture of turmeric powder and olive oil and massage it on your scalp half an hour before taking a shower. Then wash your hair normally. This can help get rid of dandruff, increase the circulation in your scalp, and hence promote hair growth.
It can be used for overnight skin treatments.
Add a pinch of turmeric to yogurt or to your moisturiser (not a tinted one) and mix well. Apply this all over your face and leave this mask overnight. Make sure you use only a pinch of turmeric, so as not to stain your face. Wash it off with a cleanser that suits your skin in the morning. You should ideally do this once a week for glowing, healthy skin.
Make sure you include turmeric in your diet as well as your beauty regime regularly.