I have already discussed how turmeric is great for skin. In this article, I provide specific ways to use turmeric (based on Ayurveda) to treat skin related problems.
Please note these remedies are not developed by me but are part of ancient Ayurveda treatment. Thus, you may find a few things surprising and even odd. I will try to explain everything in as much detail as I can.
Turmeric for itching and eczema:
- Neem plant (Azadirachta indica or Indian Lilac) is very important part of Ayurveda medicine because of its amazing health promoting properties. It is also used along with turmeric to treat skin disorders. Take 10 gms of turmeric and about 50 gms of neem powder. These two have to be mixed with butter and then to be applied on the affected part of the skin. It is known to provide cooling effect and reduce itching. Both neem plant and turmeric are known to benefit skin and make it smooth and soft. Thus you not only get rid of itching but get a beautiful skin!
- As with neem plant, Doob grass (also known as Cynodon dactylon, Bermuda grass, bermudagrass, dubo, dog’s tooth grass, Bahama grass, devil’s grass, couch grass, etc.) is also known in Ayurveda for antimicrobial properties. For itching, gring turmeric powder and doob grass and apply at the affected area. It is also known to help in scabies and eczema.
- Topical application of turmeric is known to help in itching and eczema. For this turmeric powder is mixed with butter.
- Turmeric can also be given orally for these conditions. 5 gms of turmeric with 2 gms of sugar is recommended in morning and evening.
In some cases it is difficult to follow a treatment as not all ingredients are available. For example, neem powder or Doob grass is not available in all parts of the world. In that case using turmeric with butter or taking it orally with sugar can be a great alternative.
As I have been writing, most Ayurveda medicines are not scientifically tested but have been proved effective based on large number of people benefiting from it. Thus, there is certain amount of belief required here to test these and to get benefit from them.
If you have used any of the above or have any other alternative turmeric based medications you have successfully or unsuccessfully tested please share your experience with all of us through comments or guest articles.