The benefits of Turmeric in soap and skincare generally are quite amazing!
While my soaps and most of my products are natural and “practically” edible, I can assure you, you won’t smell like a good Goan Curry or butter chicken, or better yet Masala Popcorn when you use those with Turmeric in them! It would be interesting if you did though, but NO, not gonna happen. Golden Sunshine, our Turmeric-Ginger-Lemon soap, is scented with divine essential oils, which cover the gentle, lingering scent of Turmeric without taking away its divine benefits.
Turmeric or Haldi, as its most commonly known in India, has been used in Ayurvedic herbal cosmetics for centuries, and remains a popular and impactful ingredient for skincare even today. Turmeric, also referred to as ‘Indian saffron,’ is a golden yellow spice derived from the Curcuma Longa plant native to Southeast Asia. Like its cousin ginger, turmeric can be grated and used fresh but is most often obtained in powder form by drying and grinding the plant’s roots into a fine powder.
Hindu brides in India participate in a Haldi or Pithi ceremony the day prior to the wedding ceremony. Turmeric along with rose water, and sandalwood powder is made into a paste (sometimes milk is used instead of water) and applied to the bride’s body with mango leaves. With it’s healing, beautification, antiseptic, and purification properties, the application of this Haldi concoction is viewed as a cleansing ritual for the bride and it’s beautiful orangey/mustard hue is considered auspicious as it represents a life of prosperity and health for the couple.
Yes, it might be fun to try at home too, but beware the staining power of Turmeric.
You may want to try our Face Mask, Rise & Shine instead, since it’s packed with nutrients including Turmeric! Even our Mango Mamma Soap and Mango Bath Bomb have small amounts of Turmeric infused into the products.
Turmeric is used throughout South Asia as a staple spice in every kitchen and many an herbal remedy, taken both orally and used topically. Its powerful nutrient profile includes antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins (including vitamin C). Its most notable compound, however, is a substance unique to turmeric called Curcumin. It is Curcumin and it’s powerful anti-inflammatory qualities that is responsible for the vast majority of turmeric’s skin benefits.
Turmeric may help improve skin tone, improves blotchiness, redness and skin irregularities, and some studies suggest that when used on skin, Turmeric can help improve the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots. It rejuvenates and revitalizes weary, damaged skin and can protect again oxidative stress and some pollutants. It is indeed quite the Super Herb!
You might want to think about incorporating Turmeric into some part of your daily life ASAP! Whether through food or topically!
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