How to use turmeric for health & beauty
(What I describe below is my personal experience with turmeric. As always, please check with your physician before trying any vitamins or supplements.)
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my doctor, who knows that I am very into natural home remedies, told me to take turmeric, a yellow herb often used in Ayurveda, to reduce the inflammation in my body.
In the process, I discovered that it is basically a miracle spice rich in antioxidants. When consumed, it can keep platelets from clumping, prevent cancer, and make our eyes and heart healthy.
As I wrote above, turmeric can also be used to reduce inflammation. While you can certainly sprinkle turmeric on your food to add some flavor, I choose to take it in pill form because I’m just not a fan of the taste. If you like curry powder, you’ll probably really like it!
I took the supplement before I started my prescription medication for RA, and while it didn’t completely alleviate my symptoms by any means, I do think it provided some relief, and I actually still take it daily.
An added bonus of taking it each day was that it made my skin look more vibrant and even toned. I even started to apply it topically as a natural skin care agent! Used this way, I find that it really clears up pesky breakouts quickly and helps to soothe irritated skin.
How to use turmeric as a spot treatment for acne:
Take about a teaspoon of turmeric and keep adding drops of water until the mixture forms a paste. Apply it to any spots and leave it on the troublesome area for at least 30 minutes. I actually leave it on overnight!
How to use turmeric as a facial treatment for sensitive or dry skin:
Combine half a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, one teaspoon of turmeric, and half a teaspoon of raw honey (Manuka honey works great!). Mix well and apply to clean skin like a face mask. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.
Sometimes I find that the turmeric leaves a yellow-ish cast on my skin after I use it, but it always goes away after I wash my face and use my toner. If you’re concerned about potentially having the same skin tone as Bart Simpson, you might want to do a test patch first.
Have you ever used turmeric for its health and/or beauty benefits? I would love to read about your experiences!