24 August 2018

Turmeric Benefits for Hair and Skin + 6 DIY Beauty Recipes

Learn the hair and skin benefits of turmeric.  Then use it in these DIY turmeric recipes for natural beauty.  

I don't think turmeric is used often enough in hair and skin recipes.  It probably gets a bad reputation because it tends to stain your skin and counters.  

I have a large collection of spices that I use for cooking and for DIY beauty recipes, and turmeric is always in my spice basket.


Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses.

Turmeric is a great ingredient for skin care because it can help both acne prone oily skin and dry skin.  It helps boost radiance, so it's good for most skin types.

TURMERIC BENEFITS FOR HAIR AND SKIN


WHAT IS TURMERIC?


Turmeric is a fairly common kitchen spice that comes from, you guessed it, the turmeric plant.  As a spice, it's used in Asian food.  It's the main spice in curry, too.

The turmeric plant is a perennial flowering plant in the same family as ginger.  It grows in Southeast Asia and India and needs to have temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit to grow.


The rhizomes are boiled for half an hour to 45 minutes then dried in a hot oven.  When they are dry, they are ground into a deep yellowish orange powder.   

Turmeric has a bitter taste and gives some warmth to foods.  It's used in cheese, butter, and mustards.  Recently, it's being used as a natural yellow dye for many foods.  

It's been used as a dye, food additive, and in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  Today, we use it for food and as a natural food dye.

TURMERIC BENEFITS FOR SKIN


Turmeric is high in antioxidants and is also naturally anti-inflammatory, so it's a great ingredient to add to your DIY beauty recipes.  It can help brighten the skin, so if your complexion is dull, try a turmeric face mask.

Turmeric is high in Vitamins C and B6, potassium, and magnesium.  It naturally moisturizes the skin and promote collage production while it boosts cellular turnover.


WOUND HEALING


Turmeric has curcumin, which can help reduce inflammation and bring oxygen to the area. It can also boost healing time because it lowers your body's response to wounds.

Turmeric has also been found to naturally boost collage production, which can also help the skin heal.

ACNE SCARS


If you have acne prone skin and acne scars, a turmeric mask might help.  Since it's naturally anti-inflammatory, it can make pores appear smaller.  Its wound healing properties can also help fade scars.

Turmeric is also naturally antibacterial, so it can help prevent future breakouts.

ECZEMA AND OTHER SKIN ISSUES


There haven't been enough studies done yet, but it's thought that turmeric applied topically can also help eczema and other skin issues.  It makes sense since it's anti-inflammatory.

ANTI-AGING


Turmeric is said to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, probably because it boosts collagen production.  It can also inhibit melanin production, which could mean fewer age spots.

STRETCH MARKS


Thanks to the curcumin, turmeric is also a great home remedy for stretch marks.  The curcumin penetrates the cell membrane and is said to alter the cell membrane, so it can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

DRY SKIN


Even though turmeric helps with acne, which is often associated with oily skin, it can also help relive dry skin.  Since it boosts cellular turnover, it can help improve dry skin.


CRACKED HEELS


If your heels are cracked, apply a turmeric mask.  The turmeric acts like an astringent to help heal cracked heels.

HOW TO NOT TURN YELLOW WHEN YOU USE TURMERIC


Turmeric is a great dye for clothes and food, but it also stains your skin.  I'm sure you don't want to look like Lisa Simpson after your face mask!

Not all turmeric stains your skin.  Organic and pure turmeric doesn't stain your skin.  Cheaper turmeric from the grocery store can stain your skin.  I buy my turmeric from an Amish bulk food store with high quality ingredients.


Regardless, I wouldn't use a turmeric mask right before a date or special event.

If you want to be really careful, try kasturi turmeric.  It's non-staining and great for your complexion.  It can only be used externally, so don't store it in your spice cabinet.

If you can't find kasturi turmeric or want to use regular turmeric, you can reduce staining by mixing it with milk.  The milk stops it from staining.

If your skin is still yellow, mix some water and sugar and gently scrub your face.  It should remove the yellow hue.

TURMERIC BENEFITS FOR HAIR


As if all the amazing skin benefits weren't enough, turmeric is also amazing for your hair.

HAIR LOSS


There's some research that says that curcuminoids in turmeric can prevent hair loss.  This needs to be studied more, but it certainly won't hurt to use it.

DANDRUFF AND FLAKES


Since turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, it can improve your scalp health.  Dandruff isn't caused by a bacteria, but the anti-inflammatory properties can help improve your scalp health.

TURMERIC ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS



If you don't want to use the powder, you can use the essential oil.  It has several benefits for the skin and with aromatherapy.

Speaking in terms of aromatherapy, turmeric is said to be great for relieving stress and boosting your mood.

It has anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving properties.  See below for pain relief salve recipes using turmeric.

Like the powder, the essential oil is also said to help with hair loss, most likely due to the high antioxidants.

Those same antioxidants make it a great oil to use on the skin.

DIY TURMERIC RECIPES


Try one of these easy recipes with turmeric for your hair or skin.

DEEP CLEANER


Mix equal parts of rice flour and turmeric.  Add milk or yogurt to make a thick paste.  Apply to your face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.  Again, don't do this right before a big date!

RADIANT SKIN MASK


Combing 1/4 teaspoon turmeric with 1 teaspoon yogurt.  Apply to a clean face and let sit up to 15 minutes before rinsing.

TURMERIC ACNE TREATMENT


If you have acne or acne scars, mix turmeric with milk to make a paste.  Apply to your skin for up to 20 minutes.  Rinse well.

BODY HAIR REMOVAL RECIPE


Mix equal parts turmeric and white sugar.  Apply to your skin and let sit for 2 hours.  Scrub gently and rinse.

TURMERIC SCALP TREATMENT


Combine 1 cup of carrier oil (argan oil or coconut oil would be good) with a tablespoon of turmeric.  Massage your scalp with the mixture and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.  Rinse well and wash your hair as normal.

DRY SKIN MASK


Combine 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon raw honey.  You can also add 1 teaspoon coconut oil or


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.