In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered a Varnya herb, meaning it has the ability to enhance the complexion. It has excellent antioxidant properties which reduce premature ageing of the skin.
Traditionally, turmeric, along with other herbs, are used by the bride and groom on their wedding day to give their faces a special glow, and Ayurvedic turmeric oils are used by pregnant women to reduce stretch marks.
Turmeric can be added to many home-made facial masks and scrubs. It’s anti-bacterial, cleansing, and antioxidant properties help in achieving healthy looking skin.
These are a few of my favorite “spa-at-home” mixers for instantly noticeable results:
Deep Cleansing Scrub for Softening, Cleansing, and Exfoliating the Skin
Mix a pinch of turmeric with half a spoonful of sugar, honey, and milk. Mix well.
Apply to the skin and massage for two minutes. Rinse with warm water.
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Facial Mask for Hydrating the Skin
Mix whole milk yogurt with a pinch of turmeric and a quarter teaspoon of sandalwood. Apply to the skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Great for use during the summer and sun-exposed skin.
(Please note: turmeric stains easily. Be careful not to spill or use good towels while mixing and applying.)
In addition to being useful for external applications, turmeric also has the power to enhance the complexion with internal consumption. One of the major causes of skin blemishes and outbreaks are pollutants and toxins within the blood. Turmeric is an ancient, all natural blood-purifying herb, and regular consumption will contribute to reduced redness and an even skin tone.
Drink a warm turmeric milk nightly for one month for an undeniable improvement in skin appearance.
Boil one cup of organic whole milk (almond milk can be substituted for cow’s milk) with a pinch of organic turmeric (with no color additives), and one cardamom pod for two minutes. For added results, add one to two strands of saffron to the boiling mixture. To promote deep sleep, add a pinch of nutmeg. Drink while warm.
Look to Ayurveda for more all-natural and organic home recipes to promote a thriving self, both internally and externally, using only the food and herbs Mother Nature has provided us.
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