You probably recognise turmeric as an ingredient in Indian cuisine (or, more recently, in lattes!) As a key ingredient in our Mindful Masks DIY Face Mask Kit, we're big fans of this super spice. Here's why..
1. It Can Make Skin GLOW!
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that can help to heal wounds, prevent breakouts and lessen active ones. It can also brighten dark circles and brings out your skin’s natural glow, leaving you looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Fancy giving your skin a little lift? Check out our Mindful Masks Kit here.
2. It Can Stimulate Hair Growth and Thickness
Adding a little bit of turmeric to your shampoo can invigorate and gently exfoliate the hair and scalp. It has also been proven to prevent thinning hair as it revitalises the scalp and gives healthy hair the best chance of growth. Taking a turmeric supplement can also boost hair health due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
3. It Can Help With Digestive Problems
The digestive tract suffers from bacterial infections which can cause the pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating associated with IBS and digestive issues. Curcumin, the component found within turmeric boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is an effective digestive aid, but also acts to protect the digestive tract.
4. It Can Give Your Brain A Boost
Our brains have a growth hormone called BDNF which forms new connections between neutrons - this is how brain function is determined. Disorders and mental illness associated with the brain, such as Alzheimers and depression, are linked to a reduction in levels of BDNF. Curcumin, found in turmeric, is known to increase levels of BDNF in the brain, effectively relieving, delaying or even reversing brain disease and malfunction. Turmerone, also found within turmeric, has been shown to have cognitive performance supporting properties.
5. It Can Naturally Ease Pain
Turmeric is a natural effective pain killer as it contains polyphenol, a powerful anti-oxidant to free radical damage. Consuming turmeric has been shown to ease symptoms of a variety of conditions such as arthritis, heartburn, stomach cramps, digestive issues and headaches. The anti-inflammatory property in curcumin can sooth burn injuries, and has been shown to reduce and relieve both post-surgical pain and neuropathic pain.