Turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years in Asia from everything to dyeing clothes to healing digestive and skin ailments. Today, once again, turmeric is a buzz word amongst healers, herbalists & naturopaths.
The healing & versatile ingredient in this herb is curcumin which is believed to help improve digestion of fats & sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the body amongst many other things.
Used in skin care, turmeric evens skin tone, soothes and smooths the skin, helps fight free radical damage, and, thanks to its anti oxidant effect, can improve skin elasticity. It’s also gaining praise for its ability to heal & prevent acne.
Want to give Turmeric a try? Here’s a simple exfoliating face mask you can make at home.
Recipe for Turmeric Face Mask
- 1 tbsp (tablespoon) of turmeric (organic if possible)
- 1 tbsp chickpea flour (organic if possible)
- ¼ tsp (teaspoon) himalayan salt
- ¼ tsp almond, rice or coconut milk
- ¼ tsp olive, sunflower or almond oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl to make a paste. Apply a small amount of the paste to the inside of your elbow .. or a small area of ‘hidden’ skin to ensure that no irritation occurs. Leave for 2 to 5 minutes & if OK, apply the rest of the paste evenly to the face and neck in gentle, circular, upward strokes. Let it sit for 2 to 5 minutes. Gently rinse away with tepid water. (Just in case, I’d suggest you use a dark coloured towel to dry your face .. not your favourite ‘whiter than white’ towel!)
The non dairy milk, salt & chickpea flour help prevent any temporary staining of the skin that might result from Turmeric’s golden hue. If you want to remove any golden residue from the skin, you can always follow the face mask with a gentle salt or sugar scrub combined with some olive or almond oil.