Turmeric (from Zingiberaceae family) is highly regarded as a universal panacea in the herbal medicine with a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities. Turmeric is a plant which is distributed throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is widely cultivated in Asian countries, mainly in China and India in higher amount.
Turmeric is a very essential spice all over the world with a distinguished human use particularly among the Eastern people.
It is used as a medicine in the Asian countries like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan because of its beneficial properties for health.
It is user for flavouring, and medicinal properties.
Turmeric is used against gastrointestinal diseases, especially for biliary and hepatic disorder, diabetic wounds, rheumatism, inflammation, sinusitis, anorexia, coryza and cough.
Recent study on turmeric concluded that turmeric is used as anticancer, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, hypolipidemic, antiinflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fertility, anti-venom, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, anticoagulant, etc.
The plant has also shown to possess anti HIV activity to combat AIDS. These medicial properties of turmeric caused it to be considered as a spice with multifunctional medicinal properties.
Curcumin has been shown be a powerful scavenger of oxygen free radicals. Its antioxidant activity is comparable to vitamins C and E.
It can protect lipids or hemoglobulin from oxidation. It can significantly inhibit the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as H2O2, superoxide anions and nitrite radical generation by activated macrophages. Its derivatives, bisdemethoxycurcumin and demethoxycurcumin also have antioxidant activities
Curcumin pre-treatment has been shown to decrease ischemia-induced oxidative stress and changes in the heart.
An in vitro study measuring the effect of curcumin on an inducible stress protein, resulted in enhanced cellular resistance to oxidative damage.
Turmeric is considered as a digestive bitter and a carminative. It can be added into foods including rice and bean dishes to improve digestion, reduce gas and digestion problem. It is a cholagogue, stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder.
This improves the body’s ability to digest fats. For chronic digestive weakness and/or congestion turmeric is recommended.
It can be taken as a single extract or in the form of digestive bitters, which combine turmeric with other bitter and carminative herbs.
Turmeric is best for people who feel tired after consuming meals or who experience gas and bloating. Whatever way turmeric is consumed it is beneficial to both the digestive system and the liver.
Turmeric is best for its influence on the liver. In spring more consumption of herbs and foods can strengthen the liver. Turmeric shares similar liver protectant compounds that milk thistle and artichoke leaves contain.
It is said to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, so it can be useful to treat liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice
Scientific research reveals that turmeric can cure most of diseases, also they found that turmeric control the growth of various types of cancer. Turmeric is used for the treatment of skin cancer or harmful skin conditions. Both of its topical and internal uses are beneficial.
Turmeric may also help in relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and disability.
women who experiences monthly menstrual cramps, try using turmeric extract or bitters twice daily for two weeks prior to expected menstruation. Turmeric is an antispasmodic to smooth muscles so it reduces digestive and menstrual cramping.
It should reduce the severity of pain, if not ease them completely. Certainly, diet and standard of living have a reflective influence on the menstrual cycle, but turmeric is a great addition.
Bacterial Infection / Wounds
Turmeric is useful as an external antibiotic in preventing bacterial infection in wounds.
BENEFITS OF TURMERIC FOR SKIN
Treatment of Acne:
Turmeric is very beneficial for the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight with pimples and breakouts them to provide a youthful glow to your skin. Turmeric face mask not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation, but also reduce the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands.
Turmeric is also useful for the reducing the blemishes of the face. You can make a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and sandalwood powder and adding lemon juice to the mixture. Apply it on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off with water.
For acne scars, apply a mixture of turmeric and plain water on the marks for 15 minutes. You should try it every day and you can get rid of your face pimple and blemishes problem.
Face Mask For Dry Skin:
If you have dry skin, you can make a face mask by combining 1 white egg, 2 drops of olive oil, fresh lemon juice and rose water and a pinch of turmeric. This can be applied to all dry areas such as the face, neck, elbows and knees. Than allow it to try for 10 min and after that rinse off with lukewarm water.
Treatment of Wrinkles:
Turmeric, in combination with other ingredients, is beneficial in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You can make a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and rice powder with raw milk and tomato juice and apply it on your face and neck for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. This will reduce wrinkles as well as glowing your skin.
If you have dark circles, you can add a pinch of turmeric to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and apply it around your eyes for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. This is effective in reducing wrinkles as well as dark circle.
Signs Of Aging
Being an excellent exfoliating agent, turmeric help in reducing the signs of aging. You can make a paste by mixing besan (gram flour) and turmeric powder in equal proportions with water. This paste can also be prepared in raw milk or even yoghurt. Apply it evenly on your body and allow it to dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and scrub your face gently in a circular motion.
Treatment of Stretch Marks:
Turmeric also help in lighten the stretch marks. For lighten the stretch marks you can make a mixture, apply besan (gram flour) and turmeric with yoghurt/raw milk/ water on the stretch marks.
Turmeric can provide quick relief in case of burns, thanks to its antiseptic properties. You can apply a mixture of turmeric and alov vera gel on the burn and experience the wound heal in no time.
Topical turmeric ointments, lotions, creams and masks can help reduce localized inflammation caused by acne, psoriasis, eczema and burns.
It has anti-bacterial properties that help treat wounds and hasten healing, therefore preventing spread of infection.
Turmeric and aloe vera combine to make a soothing paste for sunburned skin. It can also help bruising of the skin.
Turmeric and manuka honey paste is known to do wonders on cuts and wounds. It is also known to reduce the scaring of the wound.
Helps in Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disorder in which the immune system disfunctions and causes skin lesions with white colored patches. It occurs majorly on the elbows, knees, scalp, back of the ears and neck but can occur in any area of the body.
In this dieses, the immune system causes the inner skin cells to rise up to the surface of the skin very fast. A chronic version of this disorder is called arthritic psoriasis in which not just the skin but the joints are also affected.
Oral consumption of turmeric has beenproven to control the psoriasis causing T-lymphocyte autoimmune proliferation.
Controlling these cells helps reduce their attack on the skin.
Using turmeric as oils, masks and creams on psoriasis affected skin can help minimise inflammation and scaling.
Those with psoriasis can ensure they add turmeric in their daily cooking. This can be in tea, milk, curries, stews, roast vegetables, eggs or as a general seasoning.
Helps in Treating Eczema
Eczema is a term, used for various conditions that cause swelling, bruises, itching, redness and inflammation in the skin.
Also, called dermatitis, eczema is usually caused by irritants, stress, allergens, genetic makeup or other diseases. It is not contagious and is common in children.
The most usual type of eczema is atopic eczema that causes dry and itchy skin leading to cuts and breaks.
Though turmeric has been shown to alleviate many types of eczema, most research and scientific evidence is available for atopic dermatitis and other common variants of this disease.
Turmeric has been shown to reduce the skin irritation, rashes, itching, swelling, inflammation and redness associated with most types of eczema.
It has the power to maintain the hydration in the skin affected with atopic eczema and prevent the drying and scaling of the same.
Helps in Acne
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affect millions of people worldwide
Inflammatory acne can ruin one’s appearance and can affect work and social life. Home remedies using turmeric can benefit acne.
There are pastes and masks using turmeric, which when applied to acne affected areas can provide relief.
Turmeric has the potential to kill the acnes bacteria that cause acne and reduce the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
Specifically, turmeric mixed with glycerin or vitamin E and applied overnight on the acne has shown to dramatically reduce the size of the same.
When combined with eggs, yogurt, honey and several other proven agents that are healthy for skin, and applied regularly, it prevents appearance of acne and also improves the texture of the skin.
Turmeric taken as a spice has no side effects but excessive turmeric can cause some issues.
If you are taking 1.1.5 tsp of turmeric a day you have nothing to worry about. You can do this without any fear of side effects etc.
Precautions while using turmeric for skin
Apart from staining of the skin and clothes, turmeric does not produce any side effects when used on the skin.
When taken internally, excess of turmeric can cause diarrhea or nausea.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women must not ingest turmeric for it can stimulate the uterus.
Others who are due to have surgery must avoid turmeric for it is an anti-coagulant.
Those who have gallbladder problems or are taking anti-coagulants or anti-platelet drugs must inform their doctor for turmeric supplements can interact with them.
It is the major player in the regulation of the body temperature and helps us feel things like heat, pain, cold etc.
Skin is one of the most important parts of our body and one of the most plagued ones too. It encounters all sorts of stressors to protect the inside of our body. Its health not just ensures the protection of the body but also the status of our appearance.
Many things such as dust, sun, harmful microbes, fungi, genetic and immune problems etc. can cause disorders of the skin. The irritants can cause clogging in the skin pores or activate immune system that may lead to swelling, inflammation and many other problems as well.
Disorder such as hives, acne, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, corn, dandruff, cellulites, dermatitis and many more are commonly found around the world and their prevelance is based usually on the external environmental conditions and genetics of a particular area.
As mentioned, turmeric has powerful antioxidant and healing properties and is very efficient is treating a number of skin disorders; as trivial as redness to as grave as skin cancer.
Turmeric masks help to rejuvenate the skin and treat acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
It can reduce the incidences of pimples, redness, itchiness and inflammation, which are the different symptoms that these skin conditions cause.
This is a basic recipe using turmeric, which can benefit your skin:
Add 4 tbsp turmeric powder to 1 tbsp milk and 4 tbsp raw honey to form a smooth paste. Apply this to clean and dry skin, leave for 20 minutes and wash off.
Apart from tasting delicious, turmeric tea offers many health benefits especially in reducing instances of Alzheimer’s disease.
Since it has anti-oxidant properties, turmeric tea could also help improve the appearance of your skin.
Turmeric milk provides a natural cure for many ailments.
It is safe to use and delicious to drink.
It can fight free radicals that damage the skin and cause it to lose glow and elasticity. This is due to the anti-oxidant properties that turmeric possesses.
Turmeric combined with milk can also make a soothing lotion to reduce redness of the skin or patches caused by different skin conditions.