Terrific Turmeric

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Traditionally, turmeric has weaseled its way into the hearts of a multitude of indian and chinese medicinal herbs and treatments. The components in it have been used for thousands of years and its been found useful for healing wounds, acne scars, and a list of other dermatological conditions.

 Recently, Mirranda Ker’s Kora Organics launched a brightening new face mask who’s base ingredient is -- you guessed it -- turmeric. With all this, what exactly are the benefits of turmeric in the first place?

 

Truthfully, there are hundreds of ways to use turmeric (cooking included), so let’s discuss the different ways it’s useful to us:

Anti-Aging

Generally, things like fine lines and wrinkles happen due to something we call “free radicals.” In terms of dermatology, free radicals are basically how your skin is affected or reacts to things such as pollution, fogs, the sun, and many others. These situations are unavoidable and can cause freckles, damaged elasticity, and changes in skin colour.

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Turmeric is a natural antioxidant which in turn actually helps strengthen the skin. The healing factors that come with it actually helps. Eventually, we all age and our skin will lose its elasticity but turmeric actually aids in preventing or at least slowing the process altogether.

Hair Removal

So of course we have way too many ways to remove hair: threading, waxing, laser hair removal, plucking, etc. But let’s not lie to ourselves: most of these are painful but somewhat necessary if you’re easily irritated by your own facial and body hairs. Even with shaving, it requires the commitment to shave every two to three weeks (or once a week for a person like myself).

If you’d like to avoid all that pain and unnecessary “beautification”, you can do it! You just need a lot of patience and consistency.

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Turmeric hair removal is actually quite common in India, and has been used for centuries! It works that when you apply the turmeric paste to your face, it works as an adhesive; so that eventually when it’s scrubbed off it plucks all those tiny hairs from the roots. It’s ingenius! Overtime, it actually lessens the hair growth but when hairs do grow: they at least grow finer.You can read more here.

You can check out more on this, and read through how to make the paste here:

Brain health and neurological disease prevention

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation in the brain is a huge part of Alzheimer and many other neurological diseases. Studies have actually found that consuming a little turmeric everyday (even a pinch of it in your food) can make a huge difference in preserving the brain and slowing down neurological diseases that are already in effect.

Antiseptic

An antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory agent, and a natural hair remover; what else could turmeric possibly do? Work as an antiseptic apparently.

Turmeric is also antibacterial and can be used to fight off some fungi and viruses too. It additionally contributes to boosting a person’s immune system and even helps with dental pain! Overall, turmeric has been a wonderful contribution to society and all our traditional herbs. Personally, I think it’s time we give traditional items a little more credit. It costs less than what we would have to spend money buying and the health benefits are astounding!

If you’re interested to read more on the health benefits of turmeric, this article here is particularly useful and a lot more detailed.

 Credit: Tasha Raj

Credit: Tasha Raj