The first thing most moms have us do when we get cut is put haldi on the wound, but most of us don’t ever stop to think why. In reality, haldi, or turmeric, is a flowering plant that has numerous benefits. From it's-super healing to its nourishing properties, turmeric can be a saviour for your skin and overall health.
The magic plant is a popular name in Ayurveda and has been a large part of Indian culture since ancient times. Indians have been using turmeric for ages in the form of a powder in food and on its own, taking advantage of its vast array of advantages.
Nowadays, turmeric is used across the globe in everything from tasty recipes to medicine. Its secret powers are now accessible to all.
How to take turmeric
Ayurvedic turmeric can be incorporated into your daily diet or it can be taken as is. Check out some cool ways of introducing yourself to turmeric and its benefits:
- You use turmeric in most sabji recipes. Other Indian dishes like powa use turmeric but it can also be added to scrambled eggs, soups, and smoothies. They add flavor to the dish along with a bucket of benefits.
- If you don’t think you’re getting enough turmeric in through your diet, mix it into warm milk and have a glass before you go to bed.
- A dash of turmeric or even a little more tastes amazing in green tea and enhances the taste of the tea.
Bye Bye Acne
Acne is probably the most common skin condition. Everyone has some acne at some point- from celebrities to your next-door neighbour- and everyone has tried some (quite possibly embarrassing) ways of getting rid of the troublesome marks. They completely ruin carefully planned outfits and are definitely not camera-friendly.
Most home diy remedies that you’ll find online to cure acne have turmeric. Turmeric is an antiseptic which means it slows down and even stops the growth of microorganisms which keeps your acne from getting worse. It is also anti-inflammatory so it’ll help reduce the annoying redness and stall the swelling.
If you have a bad case of acne, try our Skin Project approved recipe:
- Make a paste out of 1 Tablespoon of aloe vera, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 2 teaspoons of honey.
- Apply the paste over your whole face concentrating on the acne-prone parts and leave it on for 10-15 minutes
- Wash off with lukewarm water before taking a refreshing shower
The most widely known effect of turmeric is its speed-healing. Whether it's a scrape or a deep cut, turmeric should be put on wounds before bandaging. It is a good anti-inflammatory ayurvedic element that reduces oxidation. It helps stop and clog the blood so that the cut heals quicker and there isn’t an infection.
Not applying turmeric increases the time it takes for the injury to stay for longer. It takes your skin more time to close the wound and could potentially damage the area for a longer period of time leaving dark spots and marks. Put just a dab of turmeric powder and the problem is as good as gone!
Eliminates signs of ageing
The secrets of turmeric are far and wide but we know what you want- actually, we know what all of us want. Everyone wants to stay young! Just because you can’t stay young doesn’t mean you can’t look the part. And the answer is as simple as the powder in your kitchen.
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants which bond with and thus remove free radicals, harmful molecules in your body that damage your skin. Free radicals also lead to heart diseases and even cancer so in a way turmeric protects your whole body.
When your body feels healthy and beautiful on the inside, it automatically affects your signs of ageing on the inside. You’ll see less wrinkles, and clearer, more hydrated skin.
Skin Whitening, Brightening, & Moisturizing
Dealing with dull, dry skin, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation? Turmeric is the answer you’ve been looking for!
Turmeric speeds up the process of exfoliating dead cells and gives your skin deeper hydration. Quite a few face masks use turmeric to moisturize the skin. It is a vital part of Ayurveda and can even reduce dark spots and brighten your skin (remember, they’re strong antioxidants).
Turmeric even revitalizes and replenishes your skin with natural goodness for a healthier glow.
Banish Dark Circles
Dark circles are the bane of a good look. No matter how much makeup you put on them, you can still see the bags under your eyes. That’s where turmeric comes in.
Turmeric, in all its ayurvedic glory, is anti-inflammatory and a skin lightening agent. It reduces dark circles by increasing blood circulation which also reduces that redness around your eyes from when you wake up.
How your body responds to diseases or how it protects against foreign particles contributes to your immune system. Studies show that the medicinal properties of turmeric also moderates your immunity and has been shown effective against immune disorders.
Turmeric has the compound curcumin which attributes to its bright orange colour and amazing healing properties that Ayurveda supports. Curcumin keeps your cells getting damaged. If your cells are strong, they can build your immunity up to defend against bacteria and viruses.
Tightens Skin to Remove Stretch Marks
When you suddenly gain or lose weight, you can see stretch marks. Stretch marks are scars whose color is different from your normal skin color. Most people don’t like how they look on their skin and try to get rid of them.
The antioxidants in turmeric can penetrate the skin and go straight to your cells. They lighten your skin and rejuvenate your cells to make you feel better.
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