Growing up in an Indian household, we always rolled our eyes whenever our mom would talk about turmeric being the most important herb in our kitchen. Now, we see exactly what she meant by that! Turmeric has become one of our favorite herbs to use while formulating our skincare blends as well as one of our favorite spices for recipes! The list of turmeric benefits for skin is never-ending. What can this miracle herb do, and what makes it so great? The health benefits of turmeric can be attributed to its main bioactive component: curcumin. The curcumin content in turmeric makes it one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs for better health.
- It fights infections
Turmeric can help prevent stomach ulcers and reduce infections in the gut because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-parasitic qualities. This is incredibly important because according to Ayurveda, most diseases can be traced back to gut health. Turmeric can decrease inflammation in the gut which increases your immunity. A great daily practice is to make Haldi Doodh, or Golden Milk, before bed every night as a preventative health regimen.
- It’s a mood stabilizer
Curcumin is a well known component that can help manage depression. Turmeric can help fight depression because the curcumin modulates serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain! Taking turmeric regularly has been shown to have positive long term effects for cognitive and mental health. The great thing about turmeric for mental health is that there are no harmful side effects or dependency issues that have been reported.
- It reduces cholesterol
Turmeric slows the formation of fatty tissues to better regulate liver function. Cholesterol is created and processed in the liver and while some cholesterols are necessary for our health, there are some that are damaging to our bodies. Studies show that turmeric for cholesterol reduction can have positive effects by reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) which also leads to better cardiovascular health.
- Fights muscle pain
Turmeric relieves muscle pain and joint pain because it has anti inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing abilities that actively help repair the body. Taking turmeric orally through a supplement, in your food, or through golden milk can help to alleviate post-workout pains caused by inflammation so you can focus on your gains. Turmeric is so potent that it's also effective as anti-inflammatory medications for those afflicted with arthritis.
- And - of course - turmeric is incredible for your skin!
Turmeric is great for your skin! Turmeric can reduce redness, skin irritation, and breakouts due to its reputation as one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs in Ayurveda. Turmeric heals the skin to combat acne and blemishes through its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Turmeric is an amazing skin brightening agent and can also help fade acne scars and marks!
When we were little, we would mix up a version of the mask now known as Turmeric Glow to fight any kind of skin condition we had. Turmeric is a powerful herb with so many benefits that we knew we had to create a whole formulation based around it!
Try Turmeric Glow today to see why people rave about turmeric; we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this Ayurvedic herb!