Using turmeric is a natural and inexpensive way to look after your skin. We know that it is applied on the arms and face of a bride before her marriage to make her skin soft and supple. Besides this, turmeric is one of the most commonly used spices in any Indian cuisine. It is a potent antioxidant, a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and also detoxifies the liver.
It helps purify the blood and also eases problems like arthritis and joint pain. It can be applied to the skin to reduce swelling and redness. Turmeric helps to reduce pigmentation on face and evens the skin tone. Application of turmeric mixed with sandalwood powder and water reduces the appearance of acne.
The essential oil of cinnamon can be mixed with petroleum jelly and applied on acne to dry it out. Cinnamon is a natural antibacterial, hence disinfects and prevents infection, both internally and externally. It brings blood and nutrients to the skin surface and brings the glow to the skin.
Mix 3 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder. Apply a thin layer on the face and keep it for 10 minutes. Then wash it off. This application can make your skin glow. (Wash it off in 2 minutes if it irritates your skin). Beyond killing bacteria, cinnamon calms an upset stomach and when taken regularly, it lowers both blood sugar and cholesterol.
Fennel detoxifies and exfoliates the skin. A couple of drops of fennel essential oil can be mixed with any skin cream and applied on the skin for its toning effect. It also helps reduce wrinkles. It produces the hormone-balancing effect on consumption, thus preventing monthly skin breakouts. It is good for the digestive tract and relieves problems such as bloating, abdominal pain and suppresses the appetite.
It contains abundant Vitamin E, which is good for skin and keeps it young and glowing. Also, the essential oils present in cumin have disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. This prevents microbial and fungal infection on the skin.
These are only a few of the spices that can benefit overall health besides the health of the skin. Discover your own ways to make spices a part of everyday life!