All Turmeric (Curcuma) Benefits you Ever Wanted to Know

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All Turmeric (Curcuma) Benefits you Ever Wanted to Know

You may have heard that turmeric is not only a spice but also a miracle for your health and body care. Here are awesome turmeric benefits you should know. You will find that the famous bright yellow powder is used for almost everything.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric or curcuma (Curcuma longa) is a plant from the Zingiberaceae family native to India and South Asia. The harvested parts of the turmeric are the rhizomes. They are collected, boiled and dried to give the yellowish-orange powder we all know. They can also be used raw.

Turmeric benefits for skin

Turmeric is used in lotions, creams or masks and has a lot of benefits for almost every skin concern.

Helps treat dark spot

Turmeric contains powerful antioxidants with whitening and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that turmeric can brighten the skin within 3 weeks of use and treat hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

It is anti aging

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals before they cause damage to your skin and DNA. This way turmeric prevents premature aging and photo-aging. Also, curcuma blocks the enzyme elastase that limits your skin’s ability to produce elastin, a protein that makes your skin elastic. So turmeric prevents aging, but also smooths the wrinkles and fine lines.

Turmeric helps treat acne 

Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is used to treat acne and heal its scars. It works against Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that cause acne. It targets your pores by also reducing the oil production.

It is a stretch mark treatment

As it has whitening and anti-inflammatory properties, curcuma can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. 

Turmeric benefits for hair

Just like shea butter, turmeric benefits expand also to your demanding hair care.

It may treat the dandruff and stimulate hair growth

Turmeric may treat your dry, itchy and flaky scalp. Also, it can stimulate hair growth when hair loss is linked to the inflammation caused by dandruff. 

DIY recipes with turmeric

Keep in mind that turmeric powder can leave a natural yellow color to your face. But don’t worry, you can remove it with some milk.

Turmeric mask for acne 

Mix 1 tablespoon raw or manuka honey with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and make a thick paste. Apply to your face, let it work for 15 minutes and then rinse with luke warm water.

Hydrating mask for sensitive skin

Mix 3 tablespoons milk and ¼ turmeric, apply to your face and rinse well after 15-20 minutes. Milk contains lactic acid that hydrates and exfoliates the skin, and it is so gentle that it is perfect for sensitive skin.

Turmeric face scrub 

Mix 3 teaspoons almond milk, 3 teaspoons baking soda, and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder. Use the paste to massage in circles over your clean and damp skin for 2-3 minutes. 

Mask for stretch marks

Mix 3 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (you can also add some lemon juice). Apply directly in the stretch marks, massage it for a bit and after 20 minutes rinse it off.

Turmeric mask for dandruff

Mix turmeric with equal parts of olive oil and apply to your hair and scalp. After 15 minutes, rinse well and follow your regular routine.

Mask for shiny hair

Mix 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder with one egg yolk, apply all over your hair and wait for 20 minutes. Do not forget to rinse your hair with some vinegar to eliminate any egg smell.

Turmeric benefits for health

Turmeric has a lot of powerful benefits for health. It is mostly consumed as a turmeric tea, but you can also find it as a tablet supplement. Here are proven turmeric benefits for health.

It boosts the immune system

Curcuma boosts the immune system even in people with immune disorders, and it works against pathogen microorganisms. It is very often used as a supplement during flu or as a drink, the “golden milk” that contains milk, turmeric, honey and pepper and appears to be a great home remedy for the common cold symptoms.

Lowers cholesterol

Turmeric contains curcumin that helps lower the levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol). High LDL levels are associated with heart disease and stroke, but turmeric reduces the risk of both.

Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Also, some researches have shown that turmeric can reduce the synaptic marker loss and the accumulation of amyloids linked to the development of the disease. So turmeric works by preventing, but also by inhibiting the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Helps treat depression

Scientists have made a link between depression and chronic inflammation. It is not known yet if inflammation causes depression or vice versa, but the link between them is very clear. Curcumin as an antioxidant neutralizes free radicals that cause the inflammation due to oxidative stress. 

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