Turmeric also known as curcuma longa is a flowering plant of the ginger family. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and has long been used in Aryuvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities.
The important yellow pigment in Turmeric is known as curcumin and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This has been proven in clinical trials where it was shown to effectively reduce the pain and swelling in arthritis. It is believed to do this in by targeting multiple parts of the inflammation pathway on the molecular level. This can help redness and swelling on the skin and improve the appearance of acne.
Curcumin also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties which can reduce the aging of the skin and prevent breakouts. It has strong antimicrobial properties which have been proven to reduce numbers of many types of bacteria and viruses. The antimicrobial properties of curcumin are so well known that it is currently being trialled as an antiseptic for food preparation surfaces as a safe alternative to traditional cleaning fluids. It also has strong anti-oxidant properties; it does this by stimulating the body to produce natural anti-oxidants and directly binding to free radicals that can oxidise and damage the skin. This can help tackle the signs of aging in the skin and keep the skin healthy and spot free.