SKIN INFLAMMATION // Free radicals, air pollution, poor diet choices along with stress all contribute to inflammation. This can become visible in the skin - think rosacea, acne and loss of vibrancy. Inflammation can contributing towards the breakdown of collagen leading to fine lines and loss of skin firmness.
Turmeric is the gold standard, in the world of spices, thanks to its holistic and powerful health and skincare properties.
The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance. It probably reached China by 700 ad, East Africa by 800 ad, West Africa by 1200 ad, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century. In 1280, Marco Polo described this spice, marvelling at a vegetable that exhibited qualities so similar to that of saffron. According to Sanskrit medical treatises and Ayurvedic and Unani systems, turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in South Asia. Susruta’s Ayurvedic Compendium, dating back to 250 bc, recommends an ointment containing turmeric to relieve the effects of poisoned food.
How Turmeric Benefits The Skin
Turmeric has incredible benefits for skin, promoting radiance and clarity:
Inflammation - Turmeric oil helps decrease inflammation by strongly inhibiting the 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) enzyme that is involved in the inflammation response according to in vitro research.
Inhibits Fungus Growth - A 0.5% turmeric oil solution completely inhibited the growth of A. flavus (a fungus that produces aflatoxin), and prevented aflatoxin production by the fungus by more than 96%.
Neurodegenerative - Research suggests that ar-turmerone may slow or reverse neurodegenerative disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.
Powerful Antioxidants - Turmeric its antioxidant nature is phenolic nature of its key ingredient – curcumins. Studies have shown that curcuminoids are very effective in scavenging free radicals and neutralise them
Free Radicals - Turmeric is also believed to have capability of preventing development of free radicals itself. Therefore it reduces the risk of damage by free radicals drastically.
Vitamin C - Researchers believe that antioxidant property of turmeric is even stronger than that of Vitamin C. [Song et al 2001], pointed out that it is as much as 10 times more effective than Vitamin C.
Vitamin E - Is well known for its antioxidant properties. Turmeric is 5 to 8 times stronger anti-oxidant that vitamin E!
Plants with tightening and firming action on the skin - Turmeric has both elastic and hydration properties for the skin. These beneficial effects might be due to the synergistic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and UV protective properties of turmeric.
Skin Healing - The compound curcumin can help wounds heal by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It also lowers the response of your body to cutaneous wounds. This results in your wounds healing more quickly. Studies have found that turmeric can positively affect tissue and collagen as well.
Primary Compounds: Tumerone //
Ar-tumerone curlone // Beta sesquiphellandrene // Alpha curcumene // Curlone
INCI NOMENCLATURE: Curcuma Longa
CULTIVATION METHOD: Certified Organic
METHOD OF EXTRACTION - CO₂ (Hypercritical carbon dioxide) - CO₂ extracts are known for their strong similarity in aroma to the actual plant aroma.
PLANT PART USED: The roots.
HARVESTING FACTS: The harvest months for Turmeric are, February, March, April and May.
AROMA: Medium - Earthy, warm, slightly spicy and woody.
Pregnant Women: Considered Safe to use while pregnant //
Always seek advice from a qualified professional regarding essential oil usage while pregnant or nursing (breastfeeding)
Until next week
Be human, be kind, be you.
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