Wednesday, 16 September 2015

10 Top Skin Benefits & Uses Of Turmeric | Haldi For Skin Lightening, Inflammation & Glowing Skin

 

I wanted to compile all the skin benefits of turmeric | haldi as I thought it will be useful for everyone. If there is one ingredient that I first resort to for all my skin problems, it is turmeric. Using turmeric on the skin has been done all over the world for centuries. Especially we Indian women use turmeric on our skin on a daily basis. Usually after bath it is a tradition to apply turmeric on the face and you will rarely see any skin problems or breakouts on women who use turmeric on a regular basis. Yes, turmeric does stain but it is nothing when compared to the side effects of steroid creams which causes skin peeling, skin darkening, skin irritation, etc.  I have grown up seeing everyone around me use turmeric and especially my aunt was a regular user of turmeric. Personally I have never bothered to apply turmeric when I was in my teens or even after I got married. But after I got cured of my abscess using turmeric, I have been using turmeric on my skin regularly. The incident also was one of the main reasons for me to start the blog as I feared that we will lose all the treasure troves of home remedies that our elders were using. Turmeric has anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti bacterial properties making it very effective in treating almost all the skin related diseases. Turmeric can be used for treating boils, acne, acne scars, inflamed skin, small cuts and bruises, insect bites and wounds. When buying turmeric try to buy organic turmeric. Turmeric Side effects: Turmeric increases the skin sensitivity for some people which may result in skin darkening. If it does, use it at night before going to bed. Also turmeric when used alone on the skin without a moisturizing agent can result in drying of the skin especially for people with very dry skin. If it dries out the skin, add few drops of unrefined oil or milk or yogurt while making it into a paste. 

 

1.  Turmeric For Acne | Inflammation:


                       
 Turmeric is one of the best ingredients to use for acne. For acne, take a piece of organic turmeric and soak it in hot water for few minutes. Rub the soaked turmeric on a coarse stone to get turmeric paste. Apply the turmeric paste on the spots and let it dry. You can also leave it overnight. Once dry, wash it off gently using warm water. You will see good difference with regular use, the pain and inflammation also will subside very quickly.

2. Turmeric for Scabies:




Scabies occur commonly all over the world and it affects both adults and children. The worst thing a person experiences, when a person gets scabies is the constant itching, which even prevents them from getting a good nights sleep. Scabies produces small reddish bumps, usually in the creases in the body. This home remedy for scabies consist of two parts, first is the antiseptic wash, which is made with turmeric and burnt shikakai. Before even starting this treatment, wash the sheets and clothes of the infected person separately and sun dry them. Then use the antiseptic wash to wash the affected area well. Then sponge the affected area with a tissue and apply the following lotion. To make the lotion, take fat variety of turmeric and garlic pods in a mortar and pestle. Pound them well. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Once hot, add the pounded spices. Fry till the spices turn golden brown and a nice smell wafts from it. Remove from fire and let it cool down.  Strain the oil. Apply this lotion on the affected area with the help of a feather. Turmeric and garlic infused oil is an antiseptic and kills the mites effectively. This lotion will work well for any skin related diseases and it stores well. 


3. Turmeric Face Mask For Skin Whitening | Lightening:


                       In India fairness creams are marketed promising drastic color change in a matter of few days. No creams or lotion can change the color of the skin of the skin we are born with drastically. But certain naturals ingredients does lighten the skin tone a bit giving it a brighter look. Turmeric is the foremost in that list of ingredients used for skin whitening. To use, mix pure turmeric powder with fresh lemon juice and apply. If you find it very drying or irritating on the skin, add few drops of unrefined coconut oil to the mixture. Weekly thrice or twice application will lighten the skin tone...

4. Turmeric Face Mask For Acne Scars:



                    Turmeric is very good for treating acne scars too. For treating acne scars, take a piece of turmeric and rub it in a coarse stone to get a smooth paste. Collect fresh holy basil leaves and clean it well to remove any dirt. Take the holy basil leaves in a mortar and pestle and grind to a smooth paste along with the ground turmeric paste to get a smooth mixture. Apply on the acne scars daily, with regular use the scars will diminish resulting in clear and glowing skin....

5. Turmeric Cloth For Pink Eye:




When we get madras eye | pink eye, there is terrible pain, redness and watering of the eyes. Using turmeric wipes to clean the eyes gets rid of the infection very quickly. You can also use these wipes to clean cuts and wounds for children. To make these wipes, take a 100% pure white cotton cloth. Boil water in a wide pan, once it comes to a rolling boil, add the cloth and let it boil for few minutes. Remove the cloth and squeeze out the water once it cools down. Take a piece of turmeric and rub it into a paste in a coarse stone. Mix the turmeric paste in water. Soak the sterilized cloth in this turmeric water. After an hour, squeeze out the water and sun dry it completely. Your homemade antiseptic turmeric wipes are now ready! You can make plenty of these wipes during summer months and use it year round to treat any infections.

6. Turmeric For Skin Discoloration | Pigmentation:



Skin discoloration though a very minor problem might upset some especially if it is very prominent. Turmeric is great for treating skin discoloration and the best way to use it for discoloration is by making a face pack with it. For the face pack, take fresh turmeric got by rubbing turmeric on a coarse stone and then mix it with equal quantity of besan | gram flour. Thin it down to spreadable consistency using buttermilk and apply on the face. Try using it weekly twice or thrice to see results...

7. Turmeric For Eczema:


Eczema which is characterized with thickened and inflamed skin accompanied by itching can also be treated with turmeric. For the remedy collect fresh turmeric paste by rubbing turmeric over a coarse stone and then grind it along with fresh neem leaves to get a thick paste. Apply this paste daily over the affected area. Since turmeric has anti inflammatory properties, it will greatly ease the pain and itching. This is a very safe remedy that can be used even everyday for months together without any side effects.


8. Turmeric For Boils:



                     If I get a boil, I just apply fresh turmeric paste on it and by next day the boil will be visibly reduced if it is smaller. If it is quite big  already and filled with pus, it will mature fast and rupture releasing the pus, giving good relief from pain. Turmeric paste can be applied on scalp boils too. When I was suffering from abscess, I used to apply the paste even after the boil has ruptured and this healed the wound faster.


9. Turmeric For Body Odor:



Turmeric is very very effective in treating body odor and the best way to use for controlling body odor is by using a turmeric based bath powder. Using bath powder is a tradition that has been followed for many many years and almost all of the bath powder preparations will have turmeric in it. Along with controlling body odor, turmeric based bath powders also will prevent all kinds of skin infections. They also store well, if properly dried. Usually bath powders are done during peak summer time as it is easy to sun dry the ingredients well, I would suggest you do the same especially if making it n large batches. You can find detailed information about making bath powder here.


10. Turmeric For Babies Skin:



The best way to use turmeric for babies is by making a massage oil with it. This massage oil made with turmeric and homemade virgin coconut oil keeps the babies skin soft and free from infections. For massaging boy babies, homemade virgin coconut oil can be used as it is. As turmeric tends to reduce body hair growth, we don't use it on boys. To make this massage oil, first take an organic turmeric and rub it in a coarse stone along with little water to get turmeric paste. Heat homemade virgin coconut oil in a pan. Make sure not fill the pan full with the oil, as the oil will splutter all over. Add the turmeric paste, the oil will start sizzling. Remove the oil, once the sizzling sound stops and let it cool. Make sure not to burn the turmeric paste. Once it is completely cool, strain and store in glass bottles. To use, before bath, massage this oil gently all over the body and then give them a bath with warm water.  Use this oil weekly twice for best results.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Ramya, Could you please tell me where I can get organic turmeric in Coimbatore?

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    1. Try in Oshon departmental store in brook fields mall in Coimbatore. Last time I visited they had organic turmeric...

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  2. I remember turmeric is mixed in warm milk and given to children/adults who met with accidents, in order to recover faster. Probably its good idea to cover that as a topic here, if not covered already. Your side is good, please keep it up.

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  3. Hi Ramya,

    You have a wonderful blog! Thank you for the great information.

    In this post, you refer to a piece of fresh turmeric, but the pictures show dry turmeric root. It is actually easier for me to find orgnic, fresh, not dried, turmeric here. I also have a good source of organic, dried powder that I use. Which would be best, especially in the oil? How hot should the oil get?

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    1. Hi RG, If you can get fresh turmeric roots, please use that for making the oil. The oil should not smoke, when you keep your hand a little above the oil, it should be not feel too hot...

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  4. I agree turmeric is used as one of the best skin lightening products in India. It act as a great solution for glowing skin.

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  5. Good on you Girl keep the good Job May God Bless you, Salam.

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  6. Hi Ramya - Love your blog. It is so informative and easy to understand. I have a friend undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and really need to understand how to make fresh turmeric powder--so I know for certain it is the real deal. I read your directions and am looking at buying an electric food dehydrator for faster processing. So with this gadget, I just need to dry the turmeric until it is crisp? Then grind it? I know so many people who need this stuff so if you could send plain instructions to my email - strong_bow70@yahoo.com -- I would really appreciate it. I want to be sure I understand the best and fastest way to get the pure tumeric. I saw where someone said to boil it first -- I don't want to mess it up. Thanks again.

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    1. Hi, I am sorry for the late reply. The boiling is done to even out the color in turmeric. You can make turmeric powder in 2 ways either by pounding and sun drying | using a dehydrator till crisp and then powdering. The second method is you can steam the turmeric in a steamer and then grind it into a powder. The later has a bit lesser shelf life, I will do detailed post very soon as it is will explain clearly the whole process...

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  7. Hi Ramya - Can you tell me what to use for a proliferation of skin tags and moles on my face and neck? And how to prepare it, please. Thank you so much for all the helpful information.

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    1. I would suggest pure tea tree oil as it is really effective. To use, moisten a damp q-tip in tea tree oil and dab gently over the skint tag and let it dry up. Continue doing this 2 times daily for at least 3 to 4 weeks. This same treatment can be done for moles too..

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    2. I use tumerice gram flour milk pack daily on my face. I also use aloevera in night.!! I have pimples on my face... im using dis pack since last 3 months... There iw a difference but my pimples have not gone completely..Am i doing ryt?

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    3. Hey., your blog is interesting, i just have a question... i use tumeric gram flour and milk pack daily on my face for about 5-10min.. nd i also use aloevera in night!! I have pimples on my face.! Nd im usinh dis pack since last 3 months.. i just want to ask am i doin right?

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    4. I would suggest adding turmeric in the pack to treat the pimples. You can continue applying Aloe Vera...

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  8. Hello Ramya I am fascinated with your blog :) Thank You for taking the time to create it, I will be making lots of the recipes you have :) would Organic Ground Turmeric (Haldi) Powder 50g by Hatton Hill Organic be suitable to use? thank you rhia

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  9. hello Ramya can i use Organic Ground Turmeric (Haldi) Powder 50g by Hatton Hill Organic? would that still do the job? Thank You and i appreciate your blog and love it i am fascinated and will be making many things from your blog :) thanks again rhia

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