When I think back to some moments from my childhood, I cannot help but laugh. That deep, hearty, belly laugh, where all 32 teeth are on display.
Being Indian, you dread seeing that one Aunt who cannot resist a smutty double entendre. ‘Beta (daughter) you have gone healthy’. This is often said whilst simultaneously pulling your cheeks. Simply put, you’re fat!
My sisters and I were frequently called ‘glowing lightbulbs’. Could this have been because we were smothered in Nivea by my Mum daily? Or because of the jars of olives she would make us eat. Like Yoda she’d advise us; once the spots are out, they won’t return. I’m unsure whether there is any scientific basis to this, but I rarely got/get spots. My Mum also made us apply turmeric (haldi) face masks regularly.
Turmeric is often known as Indian saffron because of its deep, yellow colour. It is used as an integral part of curry recipes. Behave, I am not asking you to put curry on your face!
In the days leading up to their wedding, I recall watching my cousins (female brides) with intrigue, as they would be covered in a thick, yellow turmeric mask.
Turmeric has many known scientific benefits. When used as a face mask it can help with acne, rosacea and can brighten the overall complexion.
Try this simple turmeric face mask recipe that has been passed down to me by Jedi Master Yoda (Mum) …let’s be ‘lightbulbs’ together!
What you need:
– 2 tablespoons of gram flour (you can substitute this with any flour, add more if needed to thicken the consistency) add ground oats for extra exfoliation
– 1 level teaspoon of turmeric
– 3 tablespoons of milk or natural plain yogurt
– a dollop of honey
Mix all of the ingredients above, preferably in an old container. Do not wear anything you treasure, and use gloves when applying – this bad boy stains.
Apply a thin layer to your face, or multiple body parts if you wish. Let it dry and wash off in the shower. Easy peasy!
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I love incorporating turmeric into my diet and have been taking these Turmeric Vitality – Organic Turmeric capsules religiously (two capsules per day). It is a high strength formula with organic ginger and black pepper.
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Have you tried it ? I am intrigued to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments below.
For my post on the health benefits of coffee go here