After reading up on the benefits, I am ready to go steady with turmeric. Will you join me?
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I bet this alone will make you want to add some more turmeric into your life: there are more than 300 antioxidants in it. I have been using turmeric on and off and I have definitely seen a difference, especially on my skin and face. After reading up on the benefits, I am ready to go steady with turmeric. Will you join me? Let me convince you why you should try it.

What is turmeric?

A common ingredient in many Indian dishes, turmeric is a powerful healer. It is a popular choice for its skin care prowess. In fact, traditional Indian culture uses it a key ingredient in bridal beauty treatments for brides-to-be leading up to their wedding day. Here is an overview of some of the many benefits of turmeric for your overall health as well as your skin and hair care routines.

With repeated use, turmeric loosens facial hairs without causing any pain. If you are a frequent facial hair tweezer, your whole process just became easier. 

Health benefits of turmeric

According to medical professionals at Authority Nutrition, the health benefits of turmeric are derived principally from curcumin, its active ingredient, which belongs to a group of compounds called curcumoids. This is what gives turmeric its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric also fights chronic inflammation, an ailment believed to play a role in most major diseases including autoimmune disease, some cancers, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Research suggests that turmeric is comparable to many anti-inflammatory drugs in fighting chronic inflammation without the risk of the side effects of using drugs. The curcumin in turmeric can lead to improved brain function and therefore reduce the risk of brain diseases.

Additionally, turmeric blocks the effects of free radicals and boosts the activity of our body’s own antioxidants. 

Benefits of turmeric for the skin

  • Treats acne

  • Controls oil skin

  • Evens skin complexion

  • Fights the signs of aging and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

  • Soothes burns

  • Lightens stretch marks

Benefits of turmeric for hair growth

  • Treats dandruff

  • Lightens hair and may be combined with other yellow hued flowers and herbs including chamomile tea, calendula and saffron.

  • Prevents hair loss

  • Treats scalp conditions sue to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory details.

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Using turmeric to remove body or facial hair

With repeated use, turmeric loosens facial hairs without causing any pain. This means that if you are a frequent facial hair tweezer, then your whole tweezing process will become a lot easier. If the hair is thin and fine, you may not even need to tweeze in order to remove them as they are likely to fade away or fall out on their own.

Note that the results from using turmeric to remove facial hair are not immediate, but that fact that this is a chemical free, pain-free and gentle method of hair removal more than makes us for this fact in my mind. It also helps the overall appearance and health of your skin will improve due to all the many benefits of turmeric for the skin. Here are the directions, courtesy of The Indian Spot:

1. Combine the following ingredients into a clean bowl to form a smooth paste. If mixture is runny then more turmeric powder may be added.

  • 1/2 cup of cold milk

  • 1/2 cup of gram flour

  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

2. Apply your paste to your unwanted facial hairs and rub onto skin in a circular motion for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Let the paste dry, then rinse off with warm water.

Have you experienced the hair, skin, and health benefits of turmeric yet?

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