Turmeric is commonly used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. More and more people are ingesting the root or taking turmeric based supplements for general health and well-being.
The active compound which makes turmeric a powerful health tonic is curcumin. Curcumin is not easily absorbed by the human body. To increase absorption , it is generally recommended to take it along with black pepper.
Turmeric is wonderful for various skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and photodamage. You may have already seen or tried DIY recipes instructing you to make a paste of turmeric powder and coconut oil or rosewater for masking application. Through personal experience, I do not recommend this as you may temporarily stain your skin and permanently stain your towels.
Instead I suggest making a clean simple at home mask using 1 tsp. powdered clay of choice (such as Moroccan Red Clay), 1 tsp. rosewater or water and 1-2 drops of doTerra’s Turmeric essential oil. You will receive a stronger dose of turmeric due to the concentration of the oil and less chance of staining. Use the mask as you would any typical mask. Apply to cleansed skin. Leave on for about 10 minutes. Follow with typical routine- toner, moisturizer.
Turmeric is also showing up in many professional skincare products. Shira has a great turmeric moisturizer which I sell and work with here at Enchanting Oasis.