Haridra commonly known as turmeric can be seen in all our homes on a regular basis. It may be used as intake as food or applying on our skin or an antibiotic, it has a wide range of uses. Turmeric has a list of synonyms in Ayurveda and some interesting are ‘Yoshitpriya’ (The women’s favorite) – means it is useful in striroga (gynecology), ‘Var varnini’ – One with superior Varna (healthy complexion) – means Turmeric is useful in maintaining health and complexion of the skin.
Turmeric is an ushna (heat) in its quality. It helps in improving skin tone and strengthening the complexion, it is also useful for many skin diseases, wound healing and diabetes.
Benefits for skin:
Anti-Bacterial Agent– It is been using for curing cut wounds and burns since ages, it avoids bacterial infections and acts as an anti-bacterial.Mix 1-2 teaspoons of ground turmeric(depending on how large the wound is)with enough water to make a thick paste.
Facial Hair Control– The main problem faced by women is facial hairs and getting rid of it naturally is a big challenge but daily usage of haldi on face over a period of time controls the growth of hair on the face. Simply mix together 3 teaspoons turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon milk. Make sure you apply the paste in the same direction as your hair growth. Leave it on for about 20 minutes or until dry. With regular application of this turmeric paste, you will see results in a few months.
Anti-Ageing – It is been a beauty regime for many years and it helps in preventing aging of skin.1 tablespoon gram flour, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of milk. Mix ingredients together and rub onto wet skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Gently wipe off mask with fingertips, and then rinse the face with lukewarm water.
Lightens Pigmentation – If one suffering from pigmentation, Turmeric helps to regulate the pigmentation and provides even skin tone.½ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1-2 tablespoon of honey. Mix the ingredients well to form a smooth paste. Apply the paste and give a gentle massage, leave it for about 10min and then rinse with warm water.
Controls Oily Skin– By applying haldi paste on their face on a daily basis one can be away from the oily skin. Turmeric powder (skin brightening) – ¼ tablespoon, Sandalwood powder (astringent) – 2tablespoons, Orange juice (exfoliating agent) – 2 to 3 tablespoons mix well and apply it on face leave it for 5-10 min and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Cures Acne – It also helps in keeping acne away and also it be used to reduce the acne spots and also lighten it too.1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, Mix the ingredients together and apply carefully on the affected area. Keep it on for 10-12 minutes and then wash it off. Do this once every day for best results.
Lightens Stretch Marks – It can also be used forlighten the stretch marks also to maintain the skin tone evenly. Turmeric powder combined with coconut oil is a good remedy for stretch marks. Apply this, leave it on for a few minutes and wash off completely.