Turmeric has been used in India for over 2500 years, first being used a dye and in religious ceremonies. Today turmeric has a central role in Ayurvedic medicine and is regarded as one of the worlds most healthiest spices due to its medicinal properties.
A natural anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agent, consumption of turmeric has shown to help relieve the pain of arthritis, protect against diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, and help treat some types of cancers. It is thought that it’s active ingredient, curcumin, is responsible for these effects, with modern medicine now confirming its potent antioxidant properties that may inhibit tumor growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.
Whilst turmeric in the diet has shown to be extremely beneficial, what some people don’t know is that the topical use of turmeric is GREAT for the skin, working to reduce inflammation, even out skin tone and both treat and prevent acne. Traditionally, Indian brides would cover themselves from head to toe in a mixture of turmeric, flour and almond oil the night before their wedding to soften the skin and give them a natural glow! Try the following DIY turmeric face mask to soften your skin, reduce redness and diminish wrinkles!
NOTE: Turmeric WILL STAIN! The actual mask won’t stain your face, but getting the powder on your hands and any mixture on your clothes with be a pain to get off. Be sure to wear old clothes!
- 2 Tbsp flour. (standard flour, rice flour any other type is fine)
- 1 Tsp turmeric powder
- 3 Tbsp milk or plain yoghurt
- A few drops of honey (I use Manuka)
Mix the flour, turmeric, milk and honey together to make a paste. Apply to the face and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash of with warm water gently rubbing your face to exfoliate as you go.