It’s no surprise that household ingredients can pack a powerful punch in the beauty department.
We’ve all read the articles about how cinnamon is a great acne fighter, baking soda is a useful dandruff cleaner, and apple cider vinegar is an amazing skin toner. In other words, it’s no longer seem as surprising to use ingredients that one would find in their own kitchen as their go-to beauty essentials. Call it the return of the grandmothers’ way.
A simpler way with no – or, at least a lot less – chemicals, which is also a lot cheaper and easier to access than the beauty products on the self.
And rising to household beauty fame is turmeric.
What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a spice that comes from the same family as ginger (Zingiberaceae). It’s known for its bright orange color and is native to Asia.
Turmeric & Acne
Move over cinnamon! Turmeric is the new top dog in the acne fighting town. Containing high amounts of curcumin – which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties – turmeric is great for getting rid of acne. Due to the combination of anti-inflammatory and the antioxidant, this spice helps to reduce the inflamed area of the acne, while helping to disinfect the puss.
How to Use it? : Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of water. This should make a paste. Then apply the turmeric paste onto the acne as a spot treatment and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove with warm water.
Turmeric & Hair Loss
Containing properties that can prevent the growth agent beta-one, also known as TGF (which has the ability to kill hair follicles and cause hair loss), turmeric is a powerful weapon against hair loss. Because of these properties in the orange spice, TGF (aka, hair killer) is made dormant, and sometimes even destroyed, when coming in contact with turmeric for a period of time.
How to Use it? : Mix together 1 tablespoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt. Apply the mixture to your hair (be generous on the scalp area) and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash out with warm water before cleaning your hair as you usually would.
Turmeric & Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are not something that only pregnant women have to worry about. For anyone who had experienced a growth spurt in their life – whether it’s growth in height (behind the knee stretch marks), growth in weight (belly stretch marks), or growth in puberty (side boob stretch marks) – stretch marks come along for the ride. But due to its high potency as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and containing antioxidants, turmeric is said to be a great tool for getting rid of these stretch marks.
How to Use it? : Mix 3 tablespoons of turmeric and 1 cup of plain greek yogurt. Apply the mixture onto the stretch mark zone and gently rub it in (don’t fully rub it in because you still want a layer of the mixture on top of the skin). Let sit for 30 minutes before washing off with warm water. Repeat this process every day until the stretch marks are gone.
Turmeric & Weight Loss
While turmeric alone can’t give you the body of Gisele Bundchen (Remember, there’s no magic pill when it comes to weight loss), this Indian spice can give you a push in the direction. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, turmeric can lessen any inflammation you may have in your stomach and intestines (most people suffer from internal inflammation and just don’t know it), therefore making it easier to digest food and reduce bloating. Also, due to turmeric’s spice component, it’s said to help increase your metabolism. And who doesn’t like that? It can also help with insulin resistance.
How to Use it? : The best way to add turmeric to your diet is by adding it to a dish. You can sprinkle it on top of roasted vegetables, add a teaspoon to a soup, or mix into scrambled eggs. You can also take turmeric supplements if you don’t like the taste of turmeric.