Turmeric - Surprise Benefits

“TURMERIC” Never would I have thought that a single word would elicit so much excitement, in the general public as well as the scientific world. Super food, King of Spices and Indian Saffron are just a few of the names bestowed upon this Miracle rhizome which has been applauded for the many health, healing and beauty benefits since times immemorial.

This rhizome can be used fresh as well as in powder form and has been a part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, traditional chinese medicine and unani medicines since ancient times.

It has developed tremendous religious significance in India as well and can be seen as a part of the Hindu ceremonies. It is a symbol of purity, fertility and prosperity. In some parts of India, it is even worn as an amulet to ward off evil.

Turmeric is known to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-everything. Curcumin is the compound to which it owes all these properties and which makes it a potent healer both in the world of home remedies and medical world as well as a King in the skin care ingredients.


Turmeric In The World Of Health

In the world of health, it provides many benefits due to its anti-everything properties. It has been known to help with osteoarthritis as it reduces inflammation and even reduces the pain caused by the same. It may keep cancer at bay, boost immunity, help to fight cold, may prevent Alzheimer’s disease, regulate blood pressure, may even help to prevent diabetes and much much more. Research is still on, on the capabilities of Turmeric.

A point worth noting is that curcumin doesn’t easily get absorbed into the body. It is advised to add black pepper whenever you use Turmeric With Black Pepper contains a compound which aids the absorption of curcumin.



Natural Detox And Weight Loss

Turmeric is a blood purifier and flushes the toxins from our body. This can significantly improve liver and kidney health.  Any issues with our internal system shows up on our skin. As the toxins are flushed out and blood is purified, it leads to a healthy glowing skin as well.

A significant number of calories can be burned by accelerating the metabolic rate and turmeric aids in the same. Detoxification of the liver is also a major contributor to diet induced weight loss.



Turmeric in the World Of Beauty

Turmeric had been a part of the Skin Care Regime of the beautiful and exotic Queens of the Subcontinent from ancient times. It was added to gram flour with sandalwood and milk or rose water, to make a thick paste. This was applied on the face as a pack and allowed to rest for a while and then gently washed away. Not only did this impart a beautiful glow but also helped to diminish the blemishes and lighten and even out the skin tone. This was known as Ubtan, and is one of the earliest known beauty treatments.



Improved Brain Function and Reduced Depression

Turmeric boosts memory retention, increases concentration and improves cognitive abilities. It also protects the neural pathways.

It can also be used as an alternative to pharmaceutical medicines for people with depression, mood swings, anxiety and stress as it has similar effects as Prozac.



Turmeric Paste for Healing Wounds

A mix of turmeric and natural ingredients used to be applied on wounds and bruises to hasten healing. The use of turmeric to heal all sorts of skin problems is still continued, especially as due to antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it prevents the spread of infection.



Collagen, Elastin and Ageing

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant due to the presence of curcumin. It can reduce the damage caused by the Sun’s UV rays and neutralize free radicals and slows down the process of ageing. Turmeric can be ingested as well as applied topically to gain the maximum benefit of this property.

Elastase in an enzyme which attacks the body’s ability to produce elastin. Turmeric blocks the production of this enzyme.

Manganese is required for the production of Collagen. Collagen is not only required to keep the skin young and supple but also for healing wounds. 1tbsp of turmeric provides 26 percent of the daily required value of manganese.

Cuts and wounds may be healed without blemishes and scars by applying a paste made of turmeric and honey.



Acne and Acne Scars

Due to it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, Turmeric may help to reduce the inflammation and redness caused by acne, heal the acne sores and overtime reduce the spots and scarring left behind by acne.

Oil secretions by the sebaceous glands is also reduced by Turmeric and this is a boon for people with oily skin as it keeps the infection at bay.

Turmeric can be mixed with honey, which also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, to apply on the acne and acne spots.



Dark Spots, Dark Circles and Sunburns

We are aware that it is melanin which gives the skin its color. Excess production of melanin can lead to dark spots.

The curcumin in the turmeric inhibits the production of an enzyme and protein which are required for the production of Melanin and it helps to Prevent dark spots.

Turmeric also works wonders on dark circles, as it is anti-inflammatory and a lightning agent. It also stimulates circulation which reduces puffiness.

Turmeric can be added with aloe vera or curd and applied on sunburn to soothe the skin. It is safe to be applied a couple of times in a day on the skin.

Turmeric works wonder on dark circles




Turmeric is known to soothe skin irritations, inflammations and restore hydration to give relief to eczema.



Exfoliator and Glowing Skin

Turmeric helps to get rid of the dead cells, oil and dirt giving way to bright and radiant skin. It improves the overall health of the skin.

Organic turmeric powder



How To Use Turmeric For Skin Care

Turmeric can be added to gram flour or oatmeal along with rose water or honey to make a face pack called Ubtan, for exfoliation and a natural, radiant glow.

A few drops of lemon can be added to the above Ubtan, to lighten and even out the skin tone, as lemon is a natural bleaching agent.

Turmeric added with olive oil and lemon juice may help to reduce the stretch marks.

Turmeric can be mixed with almond powder and milk to repair damaged skin and rejuvenate.

As turmeric is a safe ingredient and a very small amount is used for the beauty treatment, you can add it to any group of ingredients to make a pack as per the requirements of your skin.

Or you can opt for a Turmeric Ubtan Face Pack, which contains the benefits of turmeric, from a trusted Ayurveda brand.

Turmeric powder for radiant skin




Contrary to popular belief, you do not turn “yellow” upon the use of this golden herb. It may stain the skin very slightly, if too much of it is used. But this is easily washable. If your skin has got very stained, then the chances are that the Turmeric is adulterated.

We would love to hear and share your story about how you use Haldi or Turmeric in your daily skin care regime.