TURMERIC. Skin, hair & health benefits.
Used as a key ingredient for making curries, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant native to southwest India and a member of the ginger family. Turmeric contains more than 300 antioxidants, which makes turmeric a powerful healer. But turmeric not just heals you from inside; it also makes you more beautiful! Turmeric has been used as a beauty product for centuries. It is an inexpensive and natural way of treating several skin problems and getting a flawless skin.
SKIN Benefits. 1. Treats Acne and other skin conditions. Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight pimples and breakouts to provide a youthful glow to your skin. The use of Turmeric to wash your face not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. Turmeric inhibits the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and is especially beneficial in red or pus-filled pimples. In addition, anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric accelerate the healing of red pimples.
And if that were not enough, for being a natural antiseptic, turmeric is effective in treating skin conditions like poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. Eczema is quite itchy and a painful disease characterized by red, scaly patches on the skin. Topical application of turmeric can soothe the skin and reduce the redness and inflammation.
2. Corrects Oily Skin. In order to prevent the skin from becoming too dry, oils and waxes are secreted by the sebaceous glands. This helps the epidermis retain moisture while keeping the skin soft and supple. Excessively oily skin, usually due to overactive sebaceous glands, can lead to acne, cysts, and other woeful skin conditions. Turmeric is beneficial for oily skin as it regulates the production of sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands.
3. Protects sensitive skin. Curcumin reduces inflammation by lowering levels of two inflammatory enzymes (called COX-2 and LOX) in the body and stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.
4. Whitens skin, reduces skin pigmentation and skin Tanning. Curcumin or turmeric lightens your skin by inhibiting the synthesis pigment melanin in the skin. Studies conclude that the melanin (skin pigment) content and tyrosinase (an enzyme used to make melanin) activity was significantly inhibited by curcumin in a dose-dependent manner.
5. Treats wrinkles. (Anti-aging).
Turmeric, in combination with other ingredients, is effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This will reduce wrinkles as well as brighten your skin. Also is effective in eliminating dark circles and can help lighten stretch marks. Turmeric is one of the few natural ingredients that might help in skin tightening along with reversing aging due to its potent anti-oxidants and UV protecting action.
6. Cleanses the skin.
Turmeric has been used from ancient India for cleaning before the arrival of soaps. The anti-septic properties make turmeric an essential part of cleansing rituals. So, what better than using soap made from natural turmeric!
7. Treats infections. (Antiseptic, Anti-bacterial).
There are numerous studies of anti-septic benefits of turmeric. No wonder why are grandparents vouched upon applying turmeric on cuts, burns or wounds; turmeric is an excellent antiseptic that not only keeps the infections away by its anti-bacterial properties but also helps in healing. With the advent of anti-bacterial resistance, we should use turmeric as first-line anti-septic.
8. Wound Healing.
Studies show that curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric accelerates the wound healing not only in healthy individuals but also those with diabetics. Thus, application of turmeric on wounds, cuts, or boils not only prevents infection but also aids in healing.
Turmeric inhibits the growth of most of the fungus that causes ringworm, but turmeric oil has an edge over curcumin for this action. Try our Natural homemade soap, it’s made with pure Turmeric Essential Oil!
10. Soothes Burns.
Turmeric can provide quick relief in case of burns, thanks to its antiseptic properties.
11. Removes Dead Cells.
Using Turmeric in your daily bath can rid you of dead cells to give you a glowing and spotless skin. And applying it on your face and lips can cleanse your face as well as act as a healing agent for your lips to treat dry and chapped lips. Try our turmeric soap, since being made with natural ingredients can be used without any problem in the body and in the face.
12. Prevents Skin Cancer.
Curcumin has also been recognized as an impressive anti-cancer treatment, able to selectively kill tumor cells while leaving the normal cells intact. In a 1998 study, curcumin was able to induce apoptosis – or cell death – in basal cell carcinoma. Additionally, the study noted that curcumin acted as a chemopreventative for skin cancer, effectively preventing cancer cells from forming. Another study examined curcumin’s effects on melanoma and found it to stop the spread of cancer cells to surrounding tissue while inciting melanoma cells to die off. And lastly, a 2011 study on squamous cell carcinoma found that curcumin inhibited the size and progression of tumor growth.
1. Treatment Of Dandruff.
Dandruff and other scalp issues can be treated by applying a mixture of turmeric and olive oil on your scalp before taking a shower or try our homemade soap with natural Turmeric. Leave the foam acts for a few and then wash off the mixture with a natural shampoo. It removes the signs of dandruff by increasing the circulation in the scalp and providing nutrition to the hair follicles.
2. Prevents Hair Loss.
Hair loss can take place due to various reasons like unhealthy diet, stress or disease. Curcumin is a component of turmeric that can inhibit the activity of the growth agent beta-one, known as TGF beta-one, which causes the death of hair follicles resulting in hair loss. Turmeric can be extremely beneficial as they reduce the negative effects on your hair.
3. Natural Hair Dye.
The yellow hue of turmeric not only makes it usable as a textile dye but also as a natural dye for your hair to brighten your hair color. It can be combined with other yellow colored herbs and flowers such as saffron, calendula, and chamomile tea.
4. Treatment Of Scalp Conditions.
Turmeric can be used in the treatment of various scalp conditions such as dermatitis and eczema that can lead to itchy, flaky skin, inflammation and thinning hair. Cicatricial alopecia is a scalp ailment caused by inflammation that damages the hair follicles and prevents the growth of new hair. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, is effective against these ailments due to its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Try our Muscle Soar homemade soap with Ginger, Turmeric & Red Clay, and improve the health of your skin and hair with this powerful ancestral ingredient.
References: stylecraze.com, dermatocare.com, naturallivingideas.
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