Today we are talking about all things TURMERIC. Many people have the assumptions that turmeric is only used in food as a spice. But the beautiful orange, yellow root is more then just spice. This spice has been part of my life since the day I was born.
Story time... Now my next door neighbour- "out of love we called her aunty" used to do facials for my mum, sister, her daughter and I. It was always a Friday night, after long week of school and work for the adults. We used to watch bollywood music video's, dance and drink chai together. It was the ultimate girls/ladies night.
As you can see I was taught self care techniques from my pre-teenage years. I watched in awe as my aunty mixed the ingredients together as a face mask, a little chickpea flour, some vitamin E oil, fresh turmeric and natural yogurt. You see theres an actual art to these facials to see the results. You cleanse twice, at-least spending about five minutes on each cheek, chin, forehead & neck. Next you either steam to open the pores or rub ice to soothe pimples. The good part; you apply the face mask!
Leave it in for about twenty-thirty minutes until hard, you then rub the turmeric gently with a little water in circulation motion (to use the mask as an exfoliant, hence the chickpea flour). Remember to apply your favourite night cream. This process would take about one hour in total. This is such an amazing memory for me from my childhood. So much technique and self care was taught and the important’s of sisterhood, where I saw mum & aunty more than parents but as strong women.
Turmeric Origins; Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, native to South Asia where it has been utilised for thousands of years. Turmeric powder is made from the rhizome or root-like stem of the plant. This ground turmeric is certified organic and contains 4.97% curcumin. Turmeric powder has a rich yellow colour, a pungent fragrance and a wonderful warm spice flavour – a little bitter, with peppery notes. Loved for its taste and colour, turmeric can be used in a variety of recipes and beverages, complimenting other spices beautifully.If you have ever watched a Bollywood movie or had the opportunity to be part of the wedding celebrations you would notice that both bride & groom use this mask on their overall body... hence the several days of wedding festivities.
You may ask why do they do this before the wedding day?Symbol of blessing- The first and foremost reason why haldi (turmeric) is used in wedding celebrations is that it is considered as a symbol of blessing for the couple and a healthy marital life. According to Indian customs, all the married ladies of the house apply haldi to the bride and the groom in order to bless them with a long and strong relationship.
For radiant and natural glow- Turmeric is known to brighten your skin and has various tangible benefits when it comes to the skin. The application of haldi ensures that you have radiant and glowing skin on your wedding day. It helps in removing dead skin cells only to reveal young and rejuvenated skin.
Benefits; The curcumin found in turmeric can help wounds heal by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It also lowers the response of your body to cutaneous wounds. This results in your wounds healing quickly, even acne. You may want to try a turmeric face mask to help reduce acne and any resulting scars. The anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin. Turmeric is also known to reduce scarring. This combination of uses may help your face clear up from acne breakouts.Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. These characteristics may provide glow and luster to the skin. Turmeric may also revive your skin by bringing out its natural glow
I hope this gives you a better idea of the origins of this mask & best way to apply the mask. It's so important to understand both cultural symbolism & health benefits. Any questions leave me a comment, even if you want to know a great Bollywood movie to watch! Love Always xx**** Bride picture off Pinterest