Updated: Jul 18, 2020
Turmeric | The Inflammation Fighter
The skin is a filter for anything going into your body coming out through the pores. Be mindful of harmful air pollutants attaching to the surface of the skin and sinking further into the epidermis layers. Environmental pollution, sugar consumption, stress and being over exposed to ultraviolet radiation could all cause your body's immune system to have a negative reaction. Inflammation plays some role in nearly every skin disease. When cells are inflamed, they begin to enlarge making it hard for nutrients to get inside. Redness, raised or scaly skin could all be signs of inflammation. Thousands of studies found that Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is effective at reducing inflammatory skin responses.
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Ancient Healing Spice
Turmeric, a medicinal herb has been used for ages in Ayurveda, one of India's Holistic Medicine Systems. This golden spice originated in India, one of largest producers of the herb. Many healing remedies using turmeric were written in an ancient body of text known as The Vedas. This work included a combination of the oldest rituals, prayers, mantras and philosophical narratives. When recited, they are said to create our universe's original sounds.
One turmeric healing ointment was claimed to relieve the effects of poisoned food in an ancient formal writing known as Susruta's Ayurvedic Compendium . Turmeric was mentioned several times as Haridra in Sanskrit text. There are also references to intake it with honey to improve memory and with ghee to counteract snake venom.
Grind Turmeric Rhizomes into a Fine Powder
Curcuma Longa, the turmeric plant starts as an underground stem called a rhizome. The rhizome grows horizontally underground to form a cluster of finger shaped rhizomes that look similar to ginger root. A field of turmeric plants would resemble a potato field. The potatoes grow underground like turmeric rhizomes and both produce a plant above soil. The rhizomes are gathered and then dehydrated. After the turmeric stems are dried out, they are ground into a fine turmeric powder used in many kitchens and skincare products around the world.
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Apply Turmeric to The Skin
Using a turmeric mixture as a skin detox paste could brighten your complexion and leave you feeling rejuvenate. Before applying be sure to complete a turmeric allergy test by rubbing a small amount of turmeric on a dime sized portion of your skin. Ancient ayurvedic turmeric use has proved turmeric powder to be a useful wound healer and an immediate cure for scorpion stings. Combine turmeric with honey, lemon juice and chickpea powder for a moisturizing skincare regimen.
Just about any turmeric powder could leave some sort of stain, on your hands or counter top so be observant during use. Kasturi Manjal powder comes from curcuma aromatica, a wild turmeric plant. Unlike the turmeric spice used in many kitchens, this herb is less likely to stain the skin. It may be a bit more expensive but the results will show up faster.
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Turmeric rhizomes only contain three to five percent of the chemical compound curcumin.
Curcumin contributes to turmerics golden color as well as many of it's healing properties. To get a higher concentration of curcumin, either extract it from the turmeric rhizome or consume a considerable amount of turmeric by tea, meals and etc.
150mg-300mg recommended research dosage.
Adding Black Pepper Extract to Curcumin
It has been proven that Piperine, an organic compound found in black pepper increases the body's absorption of the turmeric rhizome. Black pepper deactivates certain portions of the liver, in return making the body more sensitive to other things such as alcohol or any medications you take. It does increase your body's absorption to the natural herb just be mindful of anything else you consume, you could be less tolerant to some medications or alcohol.
Stress can cause or be the result of inflammatory skin responses. Nervous system neurons and immune system neurons both have receptors attached to them to communicate with one another. Once again, the skin is the body's filter and is a direct target for any mental or physical stress reactions.
Mental health disorders like depression and anxiety are inflammation based, Turmeric is known to balance out the three doshas which are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are energies in the body and mind. Try mixing organic turmeric powder with algae for brain medicine. Turmeric and fish would be a good combination, however algae is an aquatic plant in which most fish feed on for nutrients and it is best to consume omega 3 fatty acids from the original source.
Take a Second to Think
How did we go from using herbal medicine to conventional?
Was it the monetary system?
Does conventional medication contain a higher concentration of the plant component needed for healing?
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