Without a doubt, 2015 was the year of coconut oil, but it seems 2016 is set to be the year that turmeric takes centre stage. Native to South Asia, this “golden spice of life” as it’s known, has been used for centuries in the beauty routines of women to get smooth, glowing skin.
Turmeric, or more accurately, curcumin, the active agent in turmeric, has long been touted as a health and beauty sensation. It’s a staple in Ayurvedic medicine and has over 53 names in Sanskrit, each representing it’s various amazing attributes: kashpa- “killer of worms” (gross I know but bear with me), gauri- “to make fair”, and tamasini- “as beautiful as night.”
Coming from the ginger family, this fragrant (and tasty) spice is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory; meaning that it can help protect against cancer, decrease physical pain, reduce swelling, heal wounds, increase mental clarity, enhance intestinal health, clear acne and regulate metabolism. And as if all that wasn’t enough (I know I had you at killer of worms), turmeric is also high in antioxidants, which help protect your cells from free radical damage and can slow down signs of ageing and brighten the skin.
Whether you add it to your favourite dishes or use it topically in your favourite DIY beauty treatments, this magic powder is a must in your beauty routine. Here are two of my personal favourite recipes for you try at home.
The Glow-Boosting Facial Mask
Mix one teaspoon of turmeric with one teaspoon of Manuka honey (a natural moisturiser), half a teaspoon of lemon juice (vitamin C -rich pigmentation fighter) and a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt (lactic acid natural exfoliant). Apply the mixture to clean, dry skin and leave it to work its magic for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water then apply your regular skincare products. For best results, use once or twice per week.
Golden Beauty Milk
Mix two cups of coconut milk, one teaspoon of turmeric and one small piece of fresh ginger root together in a pan. Simmer gently for five minutes, then take off the heat, cover it and let it steep for a further ten minutes before drinking. Add honey to taste.
Not only does this amazing drink taste delicious, it’s also packed full of nutritional and beauty-boosting benefits- helping with everything from acne to indigestion and sluggishness.
Do you use turmeric? What are your favourite DIY recipes?