How to Use Turmeric for Skin Problems?

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 turmericturmeric for skin 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.

16 Comments

  1. I usually buy turmeric roots imported from India. I boil the root for two or three minutes, add black pepper and drink as a tea. Which is best: tea made from powdered turmeric of from roots? What concerns should I have about roots?

  2. I need help. My husband is breaking out with small looking pimples, but there not. They swell up and hurt a lot and no doctor can help him. He is getting them on his arm and fingers now. HELP

    1. Hi Marthy, I am not sure what it is and thus I cannot provide anything concrete here. Turmeric does help in skin problems but as we do not know what we are dealing here I can offer little help.

      I am sorry and I hope things get better for him soon.

    2. I’ve been getting these and am finding it may be hives (aka urticaria) – google “rash that moves around my body” I have just begun a (5 day) raw veggie or fruit fast and drinking 2 tbsp brags apple cider vinegar in water morning and night – I have been battling this for almost 2 years and have just found this information. I hope this helps me and you! Good luck.

  3. I finally received my order of Neem tree powder. I’m ready to mix it with the turmeric powder and butter. My question now is once I spread this all over my skin, how long do I leave it on? I can’t imagine going out with that green and bright orange goop all over me, te he.

    1. Hi, the time may vary a lot based on skin type, concentration of powder etc. Start with patch test. Also looking for guidelines on the packet may be good idea.

  4. I have a product at home called “Neem Oil.” I use it mixed with water in a spray bottle to kill various plant diseases such as leaf rust or aphids, various mites, etc. I wonder if I could not use this product mixed with turmeric on my skin?

    1. Hi, not sure and oils sometimes can be real concentrated. Neem plant has amazing anti-fungal etc. benefits and used widely in India. But as I said oil can be real concentrated. I would suggest you do a patch test.

  5. Hi. The turmeric with sugar recipie you have here, is it 5 grams twice a day or 5 grams divided?
    I’ve heard on other sites that turmeric should be used with pepper, and coconut or olive oil. Is this the case here?
    Thank you

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