28 Apr Skin Healing Benefits of Turmeric
We use herbs spices and mineral pigments to colour our soaps but the beauty of using natural plant materials is that they also supply multiple nourishing and healing benefits to the skin.
Definitely one of my favourites!
It generously imparts its rich colour to the soap ranging from soft rich cream to a gorgeous glowing orange yellow (especially when blended with paprika).
I love to use it to build the layers of colour that create some of the signature patterns of our soap. More importantly however is the fact that it is completely toxin free and especially so as we use organic spices in our soap.
Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a perennial plant native to southern Asia. It is widely grown both as a kitchen spice and for its medicinal uses. It has also been utilized in many beauty products over the centuries. It can be peeled and eaten fresh or dried and ground up into a fine powder.
You can actually grow your own permanent supply of turmeric root in pots indoors or the poly tunnel in cold climates. Using rich soil I have managed to grow ginger a relative of turmeric. It is not only an extraordinarily healing plant but it has a really beautiful flower.
For tips on how to grow see this Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEnLAIUF36s
We live and make our soap in the wilds of Ireland, not known for its exotic spices or glowing sunshine. On those grey Irish days there’s nothing like the glow of turmeric to warm the cockles of the heart.
But there is so much more than colour to this humble looking root.
Turmeric healing for the skin
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce the signs of aging, exfoliate dead skin, clear the skin and ease eczema and it is credited with stimulating new cell growth to help keep the skin’s elasticity intact. It contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Magnesium.
- Vitamin C – Helps build up collagen and maintain skin tautness and elasticity. Also vitamin C contains amazing antioxidants which work by speeding up the skin’s natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage (I’ll return to antioxidants and benefits in a later blog).
- Vitamin B6 – Necessary for new skin cell formation. Keeps skin moisturized and healthy.
- Potassium – Assist by moisturizing and hydrating skin cells.
- Magnesium – slows down the aging process of skin, promoting a youthful radiant skin.
Then there are the multiple health benefits apart from its fabulous fruity taste of incorporating turmeric into your diet.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects – It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.
Also Curcumin is a very strong antioxidant and as I mention earlier anti-oxidants help rid the body of free radicals which cause cell damage. Free radicals also act as catalysts for many diseases.
One of the most beneficial ways to ingest turmeric is as golden milk where it is mixed with other ingredients such as oil and black pepper which help the body to absorb the benefits of this feisty beautiful healing plant.
Please see the link here for the preparation of turmeric paste and golden milk.
Turmeric paste and Golden milk recipe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYCQb2YNGt4