At Saabuni we know our soaps are packed with skin loving ingredients that not just look good but do good too. All of our soaps have been carefully created with months of research to make you look and feel great.
Individual benefits are at the heart of our products. We know each of our products have endless benefits. If the ingredient doesn’t suit your skin, you won’t find it in our product.
We love talking about all our products, so stick around for a three-minute focus on one of the skin-loving ingredients we use in our soaps: Turmeric.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is one of the most popular spices in the world and has been used in India for centuries as a spice and medicinal herb. Easily recognisable, it is bright yellow in colour and is used in the majority of Indian cooking.
The turmeric plant is a member of the ginger family. It bears white, pink or yellow flowers, and the root is used fresh or dried and ground into turmeric powder.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, it is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help to reduce redness and inflammation. Curcumin is thought to work by inhibiting the production of inflammatory compounds in the body. Antioxidants are believed to help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Turmeric is truly a wonder spice. The skin benefits of turmeric will be discussed later on, but this powerhouse is known to improve overall health. Studies have shown that the high levels of curcumin in turmeric can help to improve cognitive function and memory. It has also been shown to boost heart health by reducing cholesterol levels and inflammation.
Turmeric in India
Turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine and healthcare, has its origins in the Indian subcontinent. The use of turmeric in India can be traced back to as early as 6000 BC. Turmeric is mentioned in the Rigveda, which is the oldest of Indian scriptures. And has historically been considered sacred.
Turmeric has been used not only as a spice but also for its medicinal properties. It is a popular ingredient in natural medicine and is thought to have numerous health benefits. Some of which are its natural anti-inflammatory properties and is occasionally used to treat arthritis. Turmeric is also thought to have antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
Other than its other uses, the Turmeric plant is used as a dye for fabrics. The powder has a strong yellow pigment and easily creates strong yellow colours.
How is Turmeric used in skincare?
Turmeric is a key ingredient in many skin care products. It has a strong, earthy smell and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties
Turmeric has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions and make it an ideal ingredient for skincare products designed for sensitive or acne prone skin to help soothe irritation and reduce redness.
Recent studies have shown that turmeric can be helpful in treating acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Turmeric can also help to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
After continuous use, turmeric can help to brighten the skin’s complexion and help it appear healthier giving it a refreshing glow.
This super spice is only needed in small amounts making it a value for money skin care product.
Turmeric can be used in a number of ways for the skin to fully reap its benefits and improve the health and appearance of skin. It can be used as an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells as well as a simple face mask or soap to improve the overall look of skin. When used in conjunction with other ingredients, such as honey or lemon juice, turmeric can also help to lighten blemishes and scars.
In Saabuni soaps Turmeric has been added as an essential oil as well as the spice. The Two-fold addition of this wonder product ensures our soapers will see the benefits through regular use of our soaps.
Ayurvedic benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is traditionally used to restore imbalance resulting from a vata-dominant non-Ayurvedic immune system for those who eat too much spicy food. Turmeric quickly saps vata in protein rich cuisine and can have other side effects when taken in excessive amounts. It has both a bitter taste and astringent effect, and it can taste hotter but also alleviate vata and balanced pitta quickly. Turmeric’s heating nature enables it to have a stimulating and refreshing quality, which naturally kindles agni (digestion), allowing any excess kapha and ama (toxins) to be burned away.
Why we love this golden wonder
The true benefits of Turmeric are still being explored. It’s been around for centuries but we seem to have only scratched the surface of this wonder spice. At Saabuni we were blown away by Turmeric would literally bathe in the stuff! If your mind has been enlightened by everything we have said about Turmeric, check out our Turmeric range and prepare to enlighten your skin too!