TURMERIC FOR HEALING
Turmeric is amazing. I may be a little obsessed with it. Turmeric is great for the body and great for the skin. In many parts of India, turmeric is healing and ceremonial. Turmeric is traditionally used as an essential part of beauty routines. Turmeric can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and give the skin a glow when applied directly to the skin.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of turmeric are both important to treat skin conditions. In acne, using facial masks can calm blemishes. For eczema, turmeric can reduce inflammation and redness. When rosacea sufferers use turmeric masks, it can reduce the tiny pimples and redness associated with flare ups. Regular use of turmeric masks can soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Turmeric root is packed with nutrients. It is a favorite ingredient in Indian food. However, for centuries, it has been used in wedding ceremonies. One of the most important ceremonies of an Indian wedding is the Haldi (or Uptan) ceremony. This is where the bride and groom prepare for their wedding by applying a traditional turmeric paste to their face and body.
SO GOOD IT IS CEREMONIAL
Family Haldi recipes are traditional and can differ. Commonly, the recipe includes a mixture of turmeric, sandlewood powder (or a type of flour), rose water or water. The paste is applied to the bride and groom’s face, neck, hands and feet. This ceremony is also accompanied by traditional songs and dances. It is a joyous pre-wedding ritual. This ceremony traditionally separated couples. Although, in current times, many bride and grooms like to perform it together.
Yellow is considered the color of success and prosperity by many in India. I can relate to that since the color yellow is my absolute favorite color. The auspiciousness of yellow often persuade the bride and groom to wear yellow clothes on their wedding day.
Turmeric is known to have properties that leave the skin fair and glowing. Additionally, regular use of turmeric masks can help eliminate fine facial hair. Turmeric can also exfoliate and detoxify the skin. The Haldi ceremony is like an in-home beautification process before the wedding. But we can mimic this tradition and get the benefits anytime.
My recipe is different than the Haldi recipe. My recipe has a more moisturizing ingredients. Since, many of us in Colorado need extra moisture. I have tried dozens of turmeric masks over the years and this one is my favorite.
*Be careful not to get any of the mask mixture on countertops or clothing as turmeric can stain easily. It usually washes out, but just use caution. Enjoy your at-home beauty routine for a beautiful glow!