How the Turmeric Plant Supports Beauty From the Inside Out
If you’re a person who watches television (so...almost all of us), you’ve seen more than a few ads for products promising beautiful skin.
All we have to do is shell out some $$$ and slather the stuff on our faces. Couldn’t be easier.
There’s just one tiny problem:
Many of those promises sound too good to be true for a reason.
The majority of skin care products are made of cheap materials and have a huge markup, which is how they’re able to constantly create expensive TV ads featuring A-list celebrities.
These chemical-laden products typically only go skin deep, made to work on a surface level, but that’s the end of the line.
In reality, there’s a host of factors that impact the well-being of our skin on a cellular level, eventually reflected on the surface: stress, activity level, quality of sleep, how much water we drink...
And of course, what we eat.
Today I’m going to discuss something entirely different from ‘shrooms, but potentially just as beneficial as a natural beauty solution: Turmeric.
Used for centuries in Ayurveda, one of the oldest systems of medicine out there, the ground root of the turmeric plant is one of the most-used spices in India.
The Roots of Turmeric
Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family (zingiberaceae, scientific name Curcuma longa). While we mostly know its bright yellow root, it’s a full 3-foot tall tropical plant with bright green leaves. It is used as a cloth dye, food spice, and Ayurvedic traditional folk medicine in India. It has an earthy, slightly bitter taste, and adds a yellow color to almost every curry dish. You can find fresh turmeric root in most grocery stores, and ground turmeric almost everywhere.
Turmeric is even used as part of a Indian wedding tradition called Haldi (haldi is another name for turmeric), in which the future bride and groom are covered head toe in bright orange turmeric paste to cleanse and beautify before the ceremony. It’s said that any unmarried friends or family members that get touched by the paste are destined to find a good-looking partner – a win-win!
Haldi may not be as common here in the Western world, but more and more people are catching on to the benefits of turmeric, especially when it comes to supporting the skin.
The Beauty Benefits of Turmeric
Perhaps because we see it every day, we have a tendency to forget that our skin is our largest organ and requires just as much love as others, like the liver and heart. Our skin protects us from all kinds of stressors, both environmental and physical, and plays a key role in warding off infection. It acts as a filter against the world. When our filter isn’t working properly, the entire system could be compromised, including immune function.
This is where turmeric steps in. For more glowing, radiant skin at any age, think about adding turmeric to your day:
- Turmeric has many antioxidant properties, including the polyphenol curcumin[*].
- Antioxidants like curcumin can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environmental pollutants.
- Turmeric can help to fight inflammation in your skin[*].
- Curcumin may support the production of collagen[*]. More collagen could support more resilient, youthful-looking skin.
- The curcumin could also support the activity of antioxidants already present in the body, supporting skin renewal and wound healing.
Curious why you always see black pepper paired with turmeric? There’s a good reason for that. Piperine, found in black pepper, could make curcumin more bioavailable (possibly by 2000 percent!)[*]
When the skin is supported by ingredients like functional ‘shrooms, adaptogens, and super spices like turmeric, we’re helping it work at an optimal level (who wouldn’t want that?).
The Most Beautiful Drink: Golden Tea
While you can easily use ground or fresh turmeric root in stir-fries or curries, the easiest way to eat turmeric is to drink golden tea. Also known as golden milk, a turmeric latte, or haldi doodh, the beverage combines turmeric, coconut milk, and sometimes black pepper and ghee. It’s a deliciously grounding drink and can be found in many coffee shops.
You can make your own at home with 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric powder, 1 cup of non-dairy milk (I like coconut milk or almond milk), a pinch of black pepper, a touch of fresh ginger root, and the sweetener of your choice. Just heat up all the ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stove. Take it to the next level by adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee. Easy!
Make it even easier with an instant, dairy-free Golden Latte made with shiitake, turmeric root, coconut milk, black pepper, and stevia. It only has 1 gram of sugar, and is ready to mix with just hot water as your on-the-go beautifying latte.
Or, take inspiration from the haldi tradition and create your own turmeric face mask by mixing turmeric powder or Golden Latte mix with water or plain yogurt and applying it to clean, dry skin for an antioxidant face mask.
Just be careful of your white T-shirts – everything turmeric touches truly turns to gold!