Growing up in India, some of my favorite childhood memories include turmeric, Tinkle’s and the free Tazos sometimes found in a Rs. 10 pack of Lays. Only after chugging my daily shot of turmeric milk, a.k.a haldi-doodh, was I allowed to play with my cousins. When Tinkle’s, Tazo wars and WWE Trump Cards were waiting, I couldn’t risk refusing my teeny-tiny cup of warm haldi-doodh. Today that warm cup of haldi-doodh is a source of comfort and a reminder that nature has all the answers.
Turmeric, a superfood, has been around for centuries, but only recently has it been getting the attention it deserves. Yes, I’m talking about that same ingredient that your aaya applies on her face every morning. Yes, that same ingredient that your mother sprinkles over the sweating onions while making your favourite butter chicken masala. Yes, that same potent ingredient that your grandma instructs your grandpa to add to his nightly cup of warm milk. Call it what you want – turmeric, manjal, haldi, yucky-looking-yellow-powder – this current cult-favorite is going nowhere. Turmeric, the powerhouse of goodness, is capable, accessible and is here to stay (unlike the Indian National Congress).
Because, dear readers:
- Turmeric’s updated resume accounts for its whooping levels of antioxidants that claim to be 10 times more effective than Vitamin C and 8 times more effective than Vitamin E.
- Turmeric can fight disease. It’s your marigold-colored war-hero that is equipped with the sharpest sword to rip apart free radicals (the villains that attack your body and inflict chronic disease).
- There are clinical studies being conducted that link turmeric with the prevention & treatment of cancer.
- Turmeric is the salve your heart needs to keep pumping, as it is proven to reduce oxidized cholesterol from our bodies.
- Turmeric is your knight in shining armor that will kiss your pains goodbye, heal your wounds and help you deal with inflammation.
- Turmeric is what your skin silently craves for every night. Anti-ageing, Acne, Dandruff, Stretch marks, Eczema, Cracked Skin, Burns, Rosacea – turmeric is your answer.
Besides adding it to your cooking, or drinking a cup of soothing turmeric milk (add saffron the next time you have it), turmeric can be applied topically to deal with skin issues.
- Anti-ageing: DIY Facial mask using 1 tablespoon of homemade thickened yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of raw pure Organic Honey and ½ a teaspoon of Organic Turmeric Powder. Apply over your entire face and wash off after 20 minutes.
- Acne: Turmeric treatment for acne involves a DIY Facial mask using 1 tablespoon of raw pure Organic Honey, ½ a teaspoon of Organic Cinnamon Powder and ½ a teaspoon of Organic Turmeric Powder. Apply over your entire face or topically over the breakouts and wash off after 20 minutes.
- Dandruff: Mix 1 teaspoon of Organic Turmeric Powder in 2 tablespoons of Cold Pressed, Organic Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil and apply all over the scalp. Leave on for 1 to 3 hours and then wash off with your regular shampoo.
- Stretch Marks: Mix 1 teaspoon of Organic Turmeric Powder and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 2 tablespoons of Cold Pressed, Organic Coconut Oil and massage over stretch marks. Leave on for as long as possible and reapply daily.
- Cracked Skin: Mix ½ a teaspoon of Organic Turmeric Powder with 1 tablespoon of Cold Pressed, Organic Coconut Oil and a few drops of Vitamin E Oil. Apply over the affected area and leave on for as long as possible.
- Burns/Skin Irritation/Rosacea: Mix 1 teaspoon of Organic Turmeric Powder in 2 tablespoons of Cold Pressed, Organic Coconut Oil and apply all over the affected area. Leave on for as long as possible and reapply daily.
Did You Know: Turmeric face masks are a huge part of desi weddings. Check out my Natural Bridal Facial | DIY for Glowing Skin, here.
For more information about the health benefits of turmeric & why it is good for weight loss, check out this article by Nutri Inspector.
Is Turmeric already a part of your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments!
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