Every woman who has stood at the stove at least once in her life is familiar with a seasoning called turmeric. However, few people know that turmeric is useful not only for “ingestion”, but also for external use. Experts are sure that turmeric is the helper of your beauty and, of course, health.
Sebastian Pole, a favorite of adherents of a healthy diet, an adept of the Himalayas, an expert in herbs and one of the founders of the company for the production of Ayurvedic tea Pukka Herbs, considers turmeric beauty-spice No. 1.
“No other seasoning has so many effective effects on the skin. Many people think that curry and turmeric are the same thing. That’s not so. Turmeric is an independent spice from the rhizomes of the Curcuma longa or Curcuma aromatic plant. The dry powder has a strong smell, but a completely inexpressive taste. To preserve the properties of turmeric and improve the taste qualities, many centuries ago in India they invented a curry mixture, where the main component of turmeric is mixed with coriander, several types of pepper, cumin, cloves and many others.”
All the useful properties of turmeric are associated with a whole class of aromatic substances from the group of curcuminoids — curcumin is considered to be the main component, it is with him that all the benefits of the fragrant plant are associated.
“Turmeric can do much more than just give an amazing taste to Indian and Asian dishes. For more than 4000 years in Ayurvedic medicine, its other side has been known — the benefits for beauty and health. And recently, modern research has fully confirmed this.”
Turmeric as an antioxidant
One of the main causes of skin aging is the harmful effects of free radicals. They can be produced both inside the body (for example, they are produced by the cells themselves during energy production), and they come from the outside with environmental pollution, tobacco smoke, ultraviolet light, and so on. Studies show that curcumin fights free radicals extremely effectively, as it attacks them in two directions at once. Firstly, it blocks directly. Secondly, it triggers a mechanism in the body to combat oxidative damage to tissues. Thanks to these processes, scientists have noted significant improvements in moisture loss and wrinkle correction.
Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory agent
A kind of chronic and sluggish inflammatory process, invisible even to the armed eye, is a key factor in many health problems – from acne and psoriasis to atherosclerosis and obesity. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are explained by its ability to block a specific protein complex that is present in almost all cells of the body and is responsible for switching the work of the cell to the inflammatory level.
Turmeric as a detox
One of the traditional uses of turmeric in herbal medicine is its ability to “purify” the blood. Long-term accumulation of toxins in the body is one of the causes of skin problems — dullness, uneven relief, rashes, inflammation, obvious aging. Instrumental studies have shown that turmeric really gets rid of toxins in several ways. It increases the activity of certain enzymes (phase II detoxification), which are responsible for the biochemical removal of toxins. It also stimulates the secretion of bile, which helps digest food and improves liver activity to get rid of fat-soluble toxins in the blood.
Turmeric improves blood circulation
Good circulation allows nutrients to reach the desired goal, as well as toxins to be washed out in the opposite direction from the cells. Curcumin and similar substances showed clear antithrombotic activity. In clinical trials, a significant increase in microcirculation was found, including the smallest blood vessels and capillaries of the skin. Curcumin also improved and improved the work of the endothelium of blood vessels. When the endothelium does not work well, the body cannot properly regulate blood pressure and blood clotting. There is evidence that turmeric also improves the lipid profile by reducing the level of low-density lipoproteins (“bad” cholesterol) — it is believed that the effectiveness of this spice in relation to the prevention of heart and vascular diseases is similar to the effectiveness of regular fitness classes.
Turmeric increases collagen synthesis
Collagen is a vital protein that keeps the skin young, supple and supple. It is also necessary in the processes of its regeneration and subsequent renewal. It has been proven that the application of curcumin accelerates cellular activity and collagen synthesis at the site of “damage”.
To get the most out of it, start using turmeric as a permanent spice, adding it to a variety of dishes – from tea, juices and salads to soups and stews. The famous Dr. Andrew Weil, who also collaborated with the American cosmetics brand Origins, notes that people in Okinawa (the Japanese nation with the longest life expectancy) drink turmeric tea daily. To do this, it is enough to boil 4 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of crushed turmeric, simmer for another 10 minutes, strain and add ginger and honey to taste. In order for turmeric to bring an even more noticeable effect, there are a lot of homemade beauty recipes based on it on the Internet. Despite the bright yellow color, it does not stain the skin at all and does not turn you into cartoon characters about the Simpsons. The proof is the paste that every self-respecting bride in India uses right before the ceremony, smearing herself with it from head to toe. The result is a radiant skin of your shade, only better. So if the bride is not afraid of turmeric before the wedding, do not be afraid of you. Considering that every year there are more and more biologically active additives, beverages and cosmetics – there will be a boom in turmeric, we assume!
You will need
Cleansing mask with turmeric ENVISHA TURMERIC CLAY MASK (view on the website)