Aug 31, 2010

Beauty Ingredient: Benefits of Turmeric Powder

Taken from Herb Companion Newsletter

Dawn is the owner of Seattle Hill Soap Company and formulates natural and safe soaps and skin care items that are enhanced by herbs, botanicals, or clays. You can find Seattle Hill Soap Company at www.seattlehillsoaps.com.
I was recently asked if I stocked turmeric soap. Occasionally I use turmeric powder in my soaps for a swirl of umber color, but I was surprised that someone was actually looking for a soap that was loaded with the stuff. Upon further research, I happily discovered a new herbal soap that touts fascinating benefits.
(Cook with turmeric.)
Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage and is traditionally used in India as an antiseptic. It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and it’s said to improve your skin's complexion, texture and health. In many Asian countries, it is used by women for skin care, particularly to discourage facial and body hair. It is also used to help with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. What a powerful little spice!
(Make a total beauty treatment with turmeric.)
A couple notes of caution when using turmeric: Avoid turmeric use during pregnancy; if using turmeric powder in soaps, be warned that it will stain fabrics when used in liberal amounts.

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