Since time immemorial, turmeric is very popular in cosmetic use
especially for woman. In the East, Turmeric is precious as the therapeutic goldmine inhabits significant position in the psyche of Hindu. It forms an important part of various sanctified Hindu rituals focus its importance for mankind.
In the late 1970s a scientific study on turmeric was taken up and in the beginning was restricted mostly to its anti-inflammatory characteristics. Eventually, turmeric has globally attracted for its cosmetic and therapeutic use. In the warmer parts of the world, turmeric is profitably grown. The turmeric powder has a characteristic of aroma and bitter-warm taste with orange-yellow to dark-yellow in colour.
As herb, turmeric has been used for centuries for seasoning, but through a series of complex extraction and isolation processes, it will soon be given further potential as a substance to support the medical as well as the cosmetics industries.
In the world, the biggest users of turmeric are in India. India is also major producer of turmeric. These natural plant's extracts used in cosmetic products marketed for skin care and hair care.
The skin is the main portion of the body and provides a shielding barrier against harmful chemicals, microbes, and ultraviolet radiation. Natural plant products like turmeric have been formulated to heal and prevent dry skin, treat skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and retard the aging process.
Turmeric is used in many celebrations of Hindus. Especially in Hindu wedding brides would rub with turmeric on their bodies for glowing look. New born babies also rubbed with turmeric on their forehead for good luck.
Traditionally women rub turmeric on their cheeks to produce a natural golden glow, extract of turmeric has been added to creams for use as a colouring agent. A compound called curcumin is the yellow pigment in turmeric.
Washing in turmeric improves skin complexion and also reduces hair growth on body. Nowadays there are lots of herbal products in the market in which main herb used is turmeric as natural ingredient. These constitute home remedies for skin and hair problems.
Natural cleansers like milk with turmeric powder are effective natural cosmetics in themselves; it brings a healthy glow to the skin and makes them beautiful. They also help to restore or maintain youth by controlling wrinkle and crease formation on the surface of the skin. Turmeric can also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Effectual healing properties of turmeric have made it accepted after ingredient in cosmetics and drugs, as the leaf oil of turmeric and extract can also be used as bio-pesticides and sunscreens.
In addition to colour and flavour into many oriental cuisines, turmeric powder is valuable for its aromatic, stimulatory and carminative properties as well as for curing many ailments both minor such as sore throat and coryza as well as major afflictions. It is eminent for accelerated healing of both septic and non-septic wounds.
Turmeric is also very effective tonic and a blood purifier. It is also skin-friendly and constitutes an important ingredient of many creams and lotions.
For the treatment of dandruff, and as hair colorants and dyes, plant extracts are used as hair growth stimulators, the mechanism of action appears to be an acceleration of blood circulation or increased nutrition to the hair follicles.
Natural dyes derived from plant extracts are being used in hair colorant products; curcumin from turmeric also used in natural dye produces a range of color from yellow to deep orange.
A fresh Juice from rhizome or (the aboveground and underground roots) a paste prepared from turmeric or decoction is often used as a local application as well as internally in the treatment of leprosy skin disease.
In case of smallpox and chickenpox, turmeric is applied as a powder or as a paste to facilitate the process of scabbing.