The herbal plant I'm most enthused about right now is turmeric root. Its vast medicinal power comes from its active ingredient, curcumin—a polyphenol with antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
When turmeric is ingested by mouth, the curcumin is rapidly metabolized by and removed from the body, limiting its abilities. But when turmeric is applied to the skin’s surface, curcumin may help a range of skin conditions by blocking inflammation and accelerating healing. It also has anti-viral properties and is just good for the skin, in general.
Topical turmeric has been studied for its benefit in managing psoriasis, and preliminary evidence also suggests topical curcumin may help treat precancerous skin lesions by stimulating the removal of damaged cells.
How to Use Turmeric Topically?
Depending on the size of the skin lesion take about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix it with less than 1 tablespoon of coconut or olive oil to form a paste. Conducta patch test first, and if there isn’t any skin irritation, apply this daily 3-5 times. Leave on for about 10-20 minutes and wash with cool water.
It's possible turmeric may ease your skin ailments, and soothe your skin. Give it a try!
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
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