Turmeric, Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family, is the ground-up rhizome (underground stem) of the Curcuma plant and has been an important part of ancient Indian Ayurvedic traditions within both cooking and medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric contains a plant pigment called curcumin that is responsible for Turmeric's characteristic canary yellow color. Curcumin, a natural antioxidant, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
India's relationship with turmeric goes back thousands of years. The underground stems of turmeric are used as condiments and dyes. Ayurvedic medicine recommends mixing turmeric in a small amount of honey and applying the paste to the skin as a topical ointment for the treatment of skin infections, irritation, and inflammation. It has been used for cuts and burns due to its antiseptic effect and ability to promote healing.
A turmeric paste cleans skin and beautifies skin. Its antiseptic and healing properties make it a wonderful natural treatment for irritated skin conditions. It may help lessen rosacea and may help prevent and cure acne. Rich in antioxidants, turmeric is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic skincare products to promote glowing, smooth skin, naturally. A few studies have shown that topical turmeric can help reduce dark spots on the skin if used regularly.
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