I can still remember that my grandmother used to apply turmeric whenever we had cuts or wounds in our childhood. She insisted that no medicine is as effective as turmeric. It is used for generations as an anti-bacterial agent. Not only for medicine, turmeric is an inseparable part of Indian cuisine and an Indian kitchen never falls short of it. The golden-colored ancient spice is used as both food and medicine. Its vibrant color is due to curcumin, which has healing qualities. Curcumin has significant anti-inflammatory qualities.
The best thing about turmeric is that it has no toxic effects on our bodies. The antioxidants in curcumin protect healthy cells. These antioxidants also protect cells in the colon from cancer. They help in destroying mutated cancer cells and prevent them from spreading to other areas. Turmeric is also effective in lowering the cholesterol level and preventing heart diseases.
However, above everything turmeric is an essential beauty product in India from many centuries. It is the most inexpensive and natural way to get beautiful, glowing skin. It can be immensely helpful in treating different skin problems and getting a flawless skin.
Treatment of Oily skin with Turmeric
Those who have oily skin can mix 1 ½ of sandalwood powder with a pinch of turmeric powder and three tablespoons of orange juice. Mix these ingredients well and apply this paste on your face. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water.
Turmeric for Dry Skin Treatment
Take one egg white, two drops of olive oil, rose water, fresh lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric powder. Mix everything well and apply on dry areas like face, neck, knees and elbows. Leave the mask for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Reduction of Facial Hair
If turmeric paste is applied daily, it slows down the growth of facial hair. Many Indian mothers apply turmeric paste on their baby girls to make them get rid of unwanted hair.
Turmeric for Treatment of Aging
Turmeric soothes the aging skin. Since ancient times, turmeric paste and powder were used for beauty treatment. Even today would-be brides and grooms have to apply turmeric paste before their wedding. Mix turmeric powder with an equal amount of gram flour and raw milk. Use this pack before bathing and leave till it completely dries off. Rinse it off but do not use any soap or chemicals. This mask is going to exfoliate your skin and you will have an instant glow.
Turmeric Cures Cracked Heels
Mix a pinch of turmeric with castor oil or coconut oil. Apply the mixture on your cracked heels. Do it before going to bed and do not forget to clean your feet before applying the paste. Leave it for overnight. Repeat this for a week and see the difference.
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