Step into my household kitchen and immediately you will start to notice how many different ingredients my Bengali mother can whip into either a curry or into a skincare remedy. The staples of Bengali cuisine and cooking are certainly not limited to spices, many of which are essential for adding savoury elements as well as health care benefits for the body.
Upon inspecting the kitchen cabinets, you will find a wide assortment of herbs such as the bay leaf, which in most cases is found simmering in her pot with minced meat, carrying a sensational aroma and possessing qualities beneficial for digestive health and relieving symptoms such as those experienced in the common cold.
What I anticipate most in Ma’s cooking of a Bengali style chicken curry is that of turmeric. This spice not only transforms the chopped ingredients into a meticulously crafted dish, but its desirable properties reigning from an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant make for a healthier ingredient sourced for not just only consumption. Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family, but the word also refers to the yellow powder extracted from the plant’s rhizome.
If you are suffering in the cold winter days with a severe cough, essential oils are an instant remedy to support your health safely. I advise using caution and the recommended amount when utilizing oils as an absorbent or inhalant. It is suggested that you mix the ingredient with another spice, such as black pepper in meal preparation, or you may toss a teaspoon of lemon juice, ginger or honey and create a drink for your respiratory support.
Turmeric is used for acne because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight spots and breakouts. It removes redness from acne and other types of scarring, reduces inflammation, and evens out skin discolorations. Some people drink the spice as a tea with water or milk to help prevent acne outbreaks.
Turmeric has been used in my household for many purposes, including as a natural face mask as well. Turmeric is renowned for its skin benefits: it has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant effects, which can benefit the skin in many ways. Turmeric has been reported to help with eczema, psoriasis, acne, and wound healing too. Studies have shown that curcumin, found in turmeric, can help wounds heal more quickly by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. This also ultimately reduces acne scarring, as well as builds collagen, it has also been shown to decrease hyperpigmentation.
As I try to combat the oiliness that is a natural occurrence on the skin surface, my go-to of course is less touching and more mask and moisturizing! For the face mask, I try to combine the simple ingredients I have at home, such as a non-favoured yoghurt or you can also substitute with just plain honey or oats.
I believe this post has maybe convinced you already of just how much this spice can impact greatly, but also combine to create a more balanced and effective measure to keep your skin healthy as well!
Turmeric can be found in KB products: