Turmeric is a legume plant grown in India that belongs to the same family as ginger. Many times, the plant can be confused with ginger. It can be used fresh from the garden or can be dried and ground to powder. It carries many health benefits both internally and externally for the body and is also mostly used in making curry and American mustard. On the body, its benefits can be gauged by the effect it has on the skin. The effects can be direct like inhibiting inflammation to just a glow of radiance of the skin due to better body health. Some diseases like diabetes have an indirect effect on the skin. Thus, when checking on skin health, it is better to examine the cause rather than the physical signs.
Below is an outline of the benefits of turmeric on the skin, both directly and indirectly.
Turmeric Is Anti-inflammatory—It contains “Curcumin,” which is an anti-inflammatory compound. Any inflammation of the body leads to pressure on the skin. The pressure causes cracking or peeling of the skin tissues. Since turmeric reduces the intensity of inflammation; it directly reduces the adverse effect of inflammation on the skin. It reduces the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Leads to Proper Functioning of the Liver and the Kidneys—These are vital body organs that play a significant role in toxic waste excretion from the body, as well as ensuring a smooth flow of well-oxygenated blood all over the body. Proper blood circulation provides an adequate supply of the nutrients the skin requires for proper oiling. Toxic accumulation in the body causes pimples and swellings on the skin as the toxins try to leave the body through the skin. With a well-functioning liver, it ensures that the removal of waste products from the body is in the safest way. The best way to remove wastes and toxins from the body is through feces, sweat, or urine.
It Inhibits the Growth of Cancerous Cells—Curcumin, being a potent anti-inflammatory agent, when coupled with its antiseptic and antioxidant nature, helps to suppress cancer cells and reduce their multiplication. Carcinogenic cells cause dryness and dark spots on the body. If applied with milk and gram flour on the skin lesions, it helps ease out the scarring as well as the itchy effect. Turmeric is also added to drinks and taken as a beverage to help kill the cancer cells in the body after it is absorbed by the body. The aforementioned eventually heals the skin indirectly.
Heals Body Wounds—Curcumin in the plant has an antibacterial agent that helps in killing harmful bacteria on injuries and the skin surface. Turmeric powder, when mixed with sandalwood powder and a little water, is a good cure for pimples. Also, in its natural state, it can be crushed and mixed with rose syrup to help lighten the dark spots left by healing pimples.
Reverses Effects of Aging As Well As Stiffening the Skin—Mixed with milk and besan, it makes an excellent exfoliate that makes the skin have a radiant look. Applying the paste about half an hour before taking a full-body bath helps achieve the best results, or you can just wait for the paste to dry on the body and then take a bath. Alternatively, similar effects can be accomplished by mixing haldi powder with coconut oil and applying on the body regularly.
Enhanced Beauty—In the traditional culture of the Indian people, turmeric powder plus orange juice and fresh sandalwood paste was applied to a bride several days before the occasion since they believed it made the skin lighter and softer. The practice has been proven right by the latest beauty creams on the market who quote turmeric as an ingredient in the compound. The powder mixture also enhances the growth of new cells.
Treats Medical Skin Conditions—Skin conditions are mostly brought about by the imbalance between the dryness and the oiliness of the skin. Turmeric paste helps restore the equilibrium position by reducing the amount of sebum from sebaceous cells as well as adding Vitamin C through additives to fight the dryness effect. Thus, it has been known to reduce infections related to eczema and psoriasis.
Turmeric is a plant that has been proposed and promoted by the American Botanical Council due to its wide range of benefits. In addition to skin benefits, it also helps reduce the severity of the following problems: headache, bronchitis, lung infections, colds, menstrual problems, eye infections, gallbladder disorders, fibromyalgia, and even jaundice. These and other benefits have made the tuber to be a standard product in most of the food stores in America as well as the growing world market. Mostly when used on the skin, the mask or body paste compound is left on the body for a time ranging from 15 minutes to overnight. If the turmeric paste contains an acidic additive like lemon juice, it should not be left to stay on the skin for long. While removing or washing off the paste from the skin, it is always good to use warm water. People with sensory skin disorders should seek medical advice before trying new turmeric powder pastes. However, the paste has been noted to succeed in 90% of usage.