There is a long standing knowledge that the brightly coloured spice Turmeric, part of the ginger family has many health benefits and has been utilised as a key ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, mainly its amazing anti-inflammatory properties, but what else is turmeric amazing for?
Turmeric has a long list of skin benefits including the treatment of burns, bruises and cuts. It is known to help restore moisture to the skin and prevent dry skin, slowing the signs of ageing by keeping skin supple and nourished. Fantastic for the treatment of acne and out of balance skin and also the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. With its inherent antiseptic and antibacterial properties and ability to reduce redness, inflammation, aiding in evening out skin tone, it is good for the healing of skin scaring and helps regulate sebum production, making this a key ingredient for over oily skins.
Curcurmin, which are active components found in turmeric has shown to have the ability to fight and prevent disease and in research has shown promising results in the treatment of cancer, so an ingredient to watch as research continues.
Skin balancing turmeric mask with an antioxidant boost
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp tomato paste
1 table spoon rice flour, semolina or ground almonds
1 tsp Matcha tea
1 tsp oil (olive, flax, hemp, almond)
Mix all ingredients together to make a paste, tie your hair back and cover your clothing and make sure you are not using white towels because this will stain, I like to prepare this mask then apply in the bath to avoid any dyed fabric mishaps. Apply to face and leave for up to 20 minutes. I love adding 2 damp green tea bags over my eyes for a complete face and eye treatment.