Brighten your skin
If you want to get naturally glowing skin, reach for turmeric. The ancient spice holds a special place of honour in Indian weddings, specifically in the haldi ceremony, which involves applying a turmeric paste on the bride and groom – because of the glow it leaves on the soon-to-be married couple.
“This is due to the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory called curcumin that is in turmeric – it brightens the skin, improves the skin’s complexion, and rejuvenates dull-looking skin,” explains Shadoh Punnapuzha, founder of all-natural Ayurvedic-inspired skincare line, Arya Essentials.
Reduce dark circles
If you’re prone to pesky, tired-looking bags under your eyes, you know how tricky it can be to find relief. While there are plenty of products on the market claiming to reduce the appearance of dark circles, turmeric may be able to handle the task.
“Since turmeric is a proven anti-inflammatory and lightening agent, it’s perfect for alleviating this kind of concern,” says Courtney Chiusano, founder of Courtney Chiusano Skincare in Los Angeles, California. “It also stimulates circulation, which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor circulation.”
Naturally whiten your teeth
You wouldn’t think a spice that’s flaming yellow would be useful for something as tricky as teeth whitening, but prepare to be surprised! Though turmeric can stain fabrics, the spice has the power to naturally whiten teeth and relieve gingivitis and toothaches to boot.
“You can use turmeric to make a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste that will ward off bacteria and ease inflammation,” says Medina Tshibemba, natural bespoke skin-care expert from Bare Alchemy.
To DIY your own, she recommends combining a mixture of four tablespoons turmeric powder, two tablespoons baking soda and ½ tablespoon coconut oil.
“Thoroughly mix these ingredients, brush your teeth for up to three minutes, spit it out, and rinse your mouth until the water runs clear.” (Did you know activated charcoal can also whiten your teeth?)