Turmeric……For beauty and beyond…
Over the years I have sought and tried many natural beauty treatments made from materials in your kitchen. I also have a curiosity of traditional medicinal herbs and spices for general well being. Some of the many recipes I’ve collated and tried have been passed down from my mum, and her mother before that. Others, came to knowledge via friends from a variety of backgrounds and cultures who are passing on their traditional beauty secrets. That, and the fact I have an ongoing issue with my problem skin, I enjoy the exploration. I must at this point state, I am not a professional, merely an enthusiast . For extreme problems you want to treat naturally, I would suggest visiting a herbal practitioner.
I’m going to share a few uses (topically and internally) of one of my all time favourites Turmeric.
Turmeric has been dubbed as the super spice. Most of us will have used it in the odd Curry or two. as it is a key ingredient in South Asian cooking. It is part of the Ginger family and it is derived from the root of the ‘Curcuma Longa’ plant. Once harvested, the root is boiled, dried and ground to create the bright yellow/orange powder we’re all familiar with. The root can be purchased from good grocery stores or grow it yourself. It’s frequently used as a colourant. for many products, like mustard or cheese. It is even used to dye clothes. Turmeric, has a spicy, earthy slightly bitter flavour, with an aroma which has accents of orange rind and ginger. It’s been used for centuries in a wide range of Ayurvedic skincare treatments.
Turmeric has been dubbed as the super spice. With a multitude of Health and Beauty benefits. The main active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin, which is an anti-inflammatory and anti–fungal. It also has powerful antioxidant effects, which assists in attacking free radicals, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Turmeric Face masks
If you have pale skin use Kasturi Tumeric (wild)
For oily acne prone skin :
Mix ½ tsp of Turmeric powder with ½ tsp Lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of Honey. If the mix is too runny add a little rice flour. To apply rub the mask onto your face and leave on for 15 mins, until it dries completely. Then wash off with warm water. Pat dry.
Hydrating, nourishing mask for a clearer complexion:
Mix ¼ tsp of Turmeric Mix with ½ a mashed avocado with 1 tsp of probotic yogurt. Make a paste and apply to face with circular motions then simply relax for 10-15 mins and rinse with cold water. Pat dry. For best results do once a week.
Radiance Mask for glowing skin:
Mix ¼ tsp of Tumeric, 2tbsp of milk with 1 tsp of honey. Gently wash your face first with warm water to open the pores., to allow the nutrient to sink in. Pat dry then apply a thin layer of the mixture to you face and sit for 5-10 mins until the mask is completely dry. Rinse face with cool water.
Mix: ½ tbsp of Tumeric with 1 tsp of Coconut oil or Castor oil. Massage oil over your heels wait 10 mins before jumping into a bath. Rinse off thoroughly.
Yes, make up foundation…. Thandie Newton uses Turmeric to adjust the shade of her tinted moisturizer, to match the yellow undertones to her skin. She changes the amount depending the season. It can also be used in powder to address the same issue.
Drink a glass of warm milk or (diary free alternative) in which you have stirred 1 tsp of Turmeric. It’s a liver detoxifier
Turmeric tea: 1tsp of Tumeric, 1tsp or stick of cinnamon, 1tsp or1 inch of peeled ginger and pinch of nutmeg. Boil and serve. Add honey to taste. Yum!
More Tea: Add 2 tbsp of Turmeric and a ¼ cup of water to a pan and simmer. Once a paste has formed add 1 cup milk or any non dairy alternative. 1 tsp of Almond oil and honey (to taste). Bring to the boil and serve.
Turmeric is being used more and more in bottled smoothies sold in stores.
I love this one for breakfast, especially after a few glasses of wine the night before, it’s a great liver detoxifier and it’s really filling too!
1 and ½ cups of water
½ ripe avocado
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp Turmeric
½ tsp ginger
A little honey or stevia to taste.
You can add: 1 tbsp of flax or chia seeds
A handful of spinach or kale
Green superfood powder
Blend and serve. Voila!!!
If after reading this, you think..Er no way, then perhaps add Turmeric into your diet more, Maybe add some to your breakfast scrambled eggs!!
N.B If you’re new to this, I would recommend reducing the measures and build it up slowly. Turmeric powder is messy and it can stain! If you experience staining on your skin use a sugar soap to clean.
Photos: Karen Bryson