People argue that this is one the most powerful herbs on the planet. The power of turmeric and its bioactive component ‘curcumin’ have undergone thousands of studies. These studies show their benefits and healing properties. This is one of the most frequently mentioned herbs in medicinal science. Turmeric is widely recognised and used across the world in varying cuisines.
So, why do we celebrate the healing powers of this unparalleled herb?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. People grow it in India and Southeast Asain countries. Many have given it the name ‘golden spice’ due to its rich yellow hue. The several active compounds found within turmeric, known as curcuminoids, are where our journey into the beneficial qualities of this renowned ‘functional food’ begin.
Phytotherapy Research made a breakthrough trial in 2014. It proved curcumin to be equally as effective as a chemical antidepressant ‘fluoxetine’. Researchers then conducted two further studies. These showed a reduced symptoms of depression after participants took curcumin dosages.
This is one of the most anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. Curcumin complements the treatment of Altzheimers, reversing existing amyloid pathology and associated neurotoxicity- key features in the progression of this neurological disease related to chronic inflammation.
Used within traditional Indian ceremonies such as ‘Haldi’, a wedding ritual that takes place prior to the event and involves the painting of turmeric and yogurt onto the skin of the bride and groom using flowers as a brush. Many praise Turmeric for its ability to provide skin with a radiant quality. It too soothes pores, acne and psoriasis.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have also been beneficial in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Okay, so how can this functional food be applied topically and what are the recommended dosages for ingestion?
People associate turmeric with Indian dishes like dahl. More recently recognised through ‘turmeric lattes’. Which the west has embraced in the past few years.
You can use turmeric powder as an ingredient when cooking. However, if you want a quick and easy way to absorb turmeric, we advise you use supplements. As only 3% of the key active components found within this herb are successfully ingested when consumed. When looking for turmeric supplements, which contain 95% curcuminiods, it is important to choose those that also include black pepper as the two ingredients work in tandem and, in turn, increase absorption.
It also exists in essential oil form. The turmeric we find in our products is CO2 extract for optimal concentration. You can add turmeric essential oil to unscented skincare or haircare. Achieving radiance and boosting your consumption of antioxidants.
So, in short, here’s what you need to know about turmeric…
A store cupboard essential and dietary supplement, turmeric and its component ‘curcumin’, work to soothe skin and reduce inflammation. Turmeric is adaptable and accessible. It is just about to (if not already) become your new best friend. So now that you know a bit more about the power of turmeric, look into our Turmeric & Bergamot face scrub.