A Natural Facial Mask with Powerful Health Benefits
Skin is the largest organ of the body. It not only serves as a barrier, it also helps eliminate toxins from the body. Skin is made of millions of pores and a large number of sebaceous glands and sweat glands. To make sure your skin is in perfect condition to help your body detoxify, you can use a natural facial mask.
There are many commercial facial masks based on natural ingredients found in beauty stores, but preparing one in your home can be beneficial if your system is sensitive. After all, you will know exactly which ingredients you’ve used. A homemade natural facial mask can save money too.
Turmeric for Perfect Skin
Turmeric is a plant that originates from southern Asia. It is part of the ginger family, and thanks to its amazing healing properties it has become popular around the globe. In addition incredible healing effects inside the body, such as in cases of diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, this spice is also an effective natural beauty product. In fact, brides in India have relied on turmeric as a complete body scrub and natural facial mask for generations to cleanse and brighten skin before the wedding ceremony.
The beauty benefits of turmeric.
- Turmeric has been used as a natural skin exfoliant for centuries. It enhances the texture of skin.
- This spice is rich in antioxidants, compounds that prevent premature aging and fight cell damage.
- Turmeric has the potential to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
- It can be used to lower pigmentation and bring balance to skin tone.
- It can help in cases of inflammatory skin conditions, including dry skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Homemade Turmeric Natural Facial Mask
Here is an excellent and easy recipe for a natural turmeric facial mask. Be advised, however, this mask can temporarily stain the skin, so make sure you try it when you have a quiet day to yourself.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons flour. You can use rice flour, regular flour, or ground oats if your skin is dry.
- 3-4 drops organic honey
- 3 tablespoons milk, or yogurt if you are experiencing problems with acne.
- Mix all ingredients well until you create a paste.
- Put a thin layer of this mixture onto the face, and wait for 20 minutes or until it becomes dry.
- Take a shower to rinse off the mask. Scrub gently to remove.
- Finish by applying a high-quality moisturizer.
Caution: Stained Skin and Allergic Reactions
Turmeric will probably stain your skin, but this is only temporarily, and often worth it for the benefits it provides. People with fair skin tone are more prone to this issue. Staining is also more likely if you are using the mask for a longer period of time.
To reduce staining, try performing a sugar scrub mixed with oil when you remove the natural face mask.
Mix some natural oil, such as almond or olive oil, with an equal amount of fine sugar. Rub this mixture directly onto your facial skin. Use lukewarm water to rinse it off.
Another good tip is to use this all-natural facial mask before bedtime.
When it comes to allergies, it’s worth mentioning that in a small number of individuals both honey and turmeric can lead to allergic reactions. These individuals can experience contact dermatitis, hives, blisters, redness, swelling, and itchiness. If you suspect you may have an allergy, you can test the DIY turmeric mask on a small area of your skin and wait to see if there are any negative effects.
Turmeric is a powerful spice which can help people in many different situations, and it’s worth the extra effort to try it. This spice can be especially helpful for those with other health conditions, including Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS).
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
AFS is a medical condition involving improperly functioning adrenal glands. The adrenal glands, which are located right above the kidneys, produce cortisol, a hormone that helps people manage stressful situations. Adrenal fatigue is often the result of ongoing stress and occurs when the adrenals can no longer produce adequate cortisol to meet demand. More and more people suffer from it in today’s society.
The body responds to stress using the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response, a holistic network of systems within the body that manages stress. These systems and organs interact in a way that creates a closed network. If you take care of the body systems in this network, you are better able to recover from AFS naturally.
Turmeric and AFS
Turmeric is one of the healthiest spices in the world. It provides numerous benefits, which is why it is recommended by many health counselors for dietary supplementation. What is even more interesting is that turmeric can be considered helpful in cases of adrenal fatigue. Several scientific studies have suggested that turmeric is able to reduce inflammation. It does this by reducing the levels of histamine, a compound that cells release in response to inflammatory and allergic reactions.
Additionally, there is the possibility that turmeric, taken orally or topically as a part of a natural face mask, can support the adrenal glands in producing cortisol, the hormone that can reduce inflammation. However, as turmeric can help naturally detoxify the body, those who have severe AFS need to be careful because of the potential for adrenal crashes.
Turmeric, as a mask or raw, is a restorative for the NEM Stress Response. It aids the body in combating stress on its own. Restoring hormonal balance and optimizing the adrenal glands is another benefit of using turmeric.
Turmeric is usually not linked to noticeable side effects. However, it is possible that you could experience nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, or dizziness after using this spice. Those dealing with iron deficiency, infertility, GERD, diabetes, and bleeding problems should use a smaller amount.
AFS sufferers often feel exhausted and live with chronic stress. However, by taking a holistic approach that considers the NEM Stress Response, this problem can be eased and solved. A mind-body approach won’t be complete without turmeric. This herb can also have a calming effect on neurohormones and the brain, in addition to enhancing memory and promoting overall health.
With AFS, it’s not just the adrenal glands that have problems. There is a lot of pressure on the liver too, for example. Turmeric can also aid other areas of the body. Curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, can improve liver function. It can also support the work of the enzymes that eliminate dietary carcinogens. This means turmeric can also prevent damage to the liver caused by ethanol, cirrhosis, iron overdose, or carbon tetrachloride.
The NEM Stress Response system involves a myriad of bodily systems, and turmeric can aid many of them. Improving the NEM is a path to healing AFS.
You can use turmeric in a natural facial mask, or you can take it orally as a supplement or with food. In any case, this spice can make your skin glow on the outside, while helping adrenal fatigue within.
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Dr. Lam’s Key Question
How does turmeric affect inflammation?
Turmeric can fight inflammation thanks to its active ingredient known as curcumin. This anti-inflammatory agent reduces inflammation through the adrenal gland or the hormones produced and processed through this gland. This is how turmeric acts against adrenal fatigue too.