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10 Astonishing Proven Benefits of Turmeric for Skin, Hair & Health

What is turmeric?

In its raw form, turmeric looks a bit like ginger and for cooking it’s usually boiled up, dried in the sun and then ground down into a fine powder. The turmeric plant itself is called ‘Curcuma Longa’ and is mainly found growing in Southeast Asia and India. It’s the root of the plant that is ground up to make the bright yellow turmeric powder that we all recognise.

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The flavour is warm and it carries a mild aroma ideal for curries, but as well as cooking, turmeric was traditionally used for colouring fabric, medicinal purposes and hair and skin care.

Despite its use in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, the western world are only now catching up with preliminary clinical trials showing astonishing results.

In terms of beauty, turmeric proves to be both effective, versatile and dynamic which ties in well with Avedas belief that nature is our best asset, with natural ingredients creating effective results that stay in harmony with the body.


The unique curcumin compound found within turmeric is the magic ingredient that can alleviate and improve many ailments and conditions.

1. Fights free radicals and boosts anti-oxidants

Antioxidants protect your body from highly reactive, unpaired atoms or molecules known as ‘free radicals’. These free radicals are considered a health risk because they attack healthy cells, proteins and DNA. They come from a range of sources like UV rays, diet, exposure to metals, medicines or smoking and consequences range from affecting the appearance of your skin through to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and cancers. Oxidative damage is said to be one of the main causes behind ageing and disease.

Luckily Curcumin is a potent antioxidant which not only neutralises free radicals but also boosts the activity of your bodys own antioxidant enzymes.

2. Anti-inflammatory

We all need Inflammation. It not only aids the body in fighting foreign bacteria, but also takes a role in repairing damage. So in the short term, inflammation is a good thing, but not when it becomes a permanent feature.

The belief that chronic low-level inflammation is a key contributor in disease is now upheld in western medicine. Degenerative conditions like Alzheimers, heart disease, arthritis and cancer all feature some kind of inflammation, as do digestive conditions like IBS. Inflammation of the skin can not only feel irritating and uncomfortable, but can translate as redness, dullness or blemished skin. So it’s not hard to see why it’s so important to try to prevent inflammation where possible.

Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it can match anti-inflammatory drugs, without the negative side effects. When applied to skin turmeric based products soothe and calm the skin.

3. Boosts brain power and fights degenerative brain disease

Brain function is determined by the forming of new connections between neurons, via brain growth hormone BDNF. Brain disorders such as Alzheimers and depression are linked to a reduction in levels of BDNF.

The curcumin is now known to increase levels of BDNF in the brain, effectively delaying or even reversing brain disease and malfunction.

Another active ingredient in turmeric is turmerone, with studies showing it contains neuroprotective properties that support cognitive performance.

4. Decreases risk of heart disease

Heart disease is the single most common cause of death globally. Studies have shown curcumin to have beneficial effects on several factors known to affect heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium (lining of blood vessels), which improves the ability to regulate blood pressure and reduces blood clotting. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant power also maintains the health of the heart via neutralisation of free radicals.

5. Prevents and treats some cancer types

According to Cancer research, curcumin is of huge interest and shows potential as a means for both cancer prevention and treatment.

A number of lab studies have shown the anti-cancer effects of curcumin to include seemingly able to kill cancer cells; Better still, prevent more from growing. Breast, bowel, stomach and skin cancer show the best results in clinical trials with doctors and researchers assessing that curcumin stays in the digestive system and is absorbed by the cells in the bowel, heightening its effect. Changes on a molecular level help to prevent cancer and potentially could be used along with conventional cancer treatments.

6. Evens and brightens your skin tone

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Turmeric can also brighten and even out your skin tone. The neutralising of the free radicals remove problems in the skins function. Aveda’s Tulasāra™ Wedding masque contains turmeric extract for this reason and was inspired by the Haldi (meaning turmeric) ceremony from India, a pre-wedding tradition where a homemade turmeric paste is applied to the bride and groom for radiant glowing skin on their wedding day).

The formula combines turmeric extract with plant stem cells and organic apricot seed oil, to support skin’s natural repair processes. The overnight masque works in harmony with the skins resting healing properties, so you can wake up to skin that’s brighter and more vibrant every day

7. Stimulate hair growth and thicken hair

Turmeric is both gentle and invigorating and makes for a wonderful exfoliator cleanser for the hair and scalp. Aveda have discovered that turmeric can reduce hair loss, adding it to shampoo specifically for thinning hair as well as in thickening conditioner that will improve your hairs health and reduce loss through breakage.

The scalp is the foundation of hair, so keeping it healthy is essential if you want hair that’s long and strong. Turmeric is one natural ingredient that invigorates the scalp while remaining gentle on delicate skin. As turmeric revitalises the scalp, it makes way for healthy hair to grow.

Turmeric is an essential ingredient of the formula in our Invati Advanced™ 3-step system. Invati Advanced™ exfoliating shampoo gently exfoliates and renews the scalp using a blend of certified organic turmeric and wintergreen-derived salicylic acid to unclog pores. Invati Advanced™ thickening conditioner uses certified organic amla to instantly thicken and naturally derived amino acids mimic your hair’s production. Invati Advanced™ scalp revitaliser uses organic turmeric from India and ginseng to invigorate the scalp when massaged in. Tangerine peel and Japanese knotweed penetrate the surface of hair and support the hair’s natural keratin. Certified organic amla is used to give instant lift to your hair.

Learn more about the Invati Advanced 3-step system

8. Natural Pain killer

Too many of us automatically reach for ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin when we’re in pain, which over time can result in liver, heart, immunity, kidney and addiction problems. Turmeric is a natural effective pain killer, containing polyphenol, a powerful anti-oxidant to free radical damage. The anti-inflammatory property in curcumin can help reduce pain as well as aiding post-surgical pain and burn injuries. Curcumin is also found to relieve neuropathic pain (similar to pins and needles sensation). Turmeric can be used to ease symptoms of arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhoea, gas, liver problems, gallbladder issues and headaches.

9. Improves IBS and digestive tract problems

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capability benefits sufferers of IBS and digestive issues… The digestive tract suffers from bacterial infections which causes the pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. Turmeric is an effective digestive aid, but also protects the digestive tract.

10. Treats and relieves arthritis symptoms and joint pain

As expected the potent anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric/curcumin make for an effective remedy in helping alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, helping to modify the immune system responses. As found on the arthritis foundation website, evidence from a number of clinical trials suggest that turmeric provides long term improvement in pain and function and reduces joint pain and swelling more effectively than its anti-inflammatory medical counterparts such as NSAID.

SUB NOTE: Although turmeric has all these benefits, it is advised that you use the supplement with caution in conjunction with other conventional medications. Pregnant women should avoid thanks to limited research on effects. Medical advise should always be sought before commencing with regular consumption of high dosage turmeric extract.


48 thoughts on “10 Astonishing Proven Benefits of Turmeric for Skin, Hair & Health

  1. Along with a spice I also use turmeric to pamper my skin. I use its face mask which helps to provide a smooth and glowing skin. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Turmeric has a very long history and so as its uses. Thanks a ton for this post, it is so informative, got to know so many beneficial facts about turmeric. We always mesmerized by your blogs and also got impressed with your blogs, Your blogs contain very easy language to understand and amazing facts to learn.
    Good work, well done.
    Keep it up.
    All the very best!!

  3. I read where tumeric can be used to remove facial hair. Does it have the same affect on the scalp? I am considering using but was confused that it increases hair when applied on scalp but removes it when applied on your face. Can you please clarify that for me?

  4. we haven’t heard of that Sharon, but thank you for your comment. All our best, MAW Aveda

  5. I was wondering the same thing Sharon. Apparently tumeric/papaya paste works for removing fine hairs, not as effective on thicker (head etc) hair. I suppose its like any other supplement or otc thing. May cause one of two opposite effects. (I.E. may cause weight loss or weight gain; may cause diarrhea or constipation), so ya have a 50/50 chance I guess.

  6. I’m a formulator. kindly guide as to how i can use turmeric extracts in my shampoo, conditioner, face creams. thank you

  7. I never knew that turmeric has so many benefits for skin. I never thought that it can do so much of wonders to the skin. Thank you very much for uploading this article. Very helpful and informative.

  8. Yes, that totally thru me off … that 1 piece of information that it removes fine hair , then makes your hair thicker and stronger is conflicting so for those with thinning hair beware …i’m not tryin to loose anymore hair than i need too..

  9. Denise Hill
    I’ve been making turmeric tea at night, with green tea, ginger, lemon & honey. It seems to decrease my appetite the next morning. Would you say it’s good for weight loss. Please advise. Thank you

  10. Knowing well that tumeric is golden in colour, does it mean it will change ones hair to golden colour if applied on the scal

  11. Every morning I mix 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, along with 1 tsp lemon juice, adding 1 tsp of honey in a glass and filling it 1/4 full of warm water and drinking it. Done this for years and never felt better. I am 76. My husband also drinks it and he is 81.
    We both are in top shape. It has boosted our immune system, along with exercise and eating right.

  12. How fabulous to read this! Turmeric is some seriously powerful stuff and we’re big fans. Glad it’s working for you and wishing you full health and longevity
    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment 🙂

  13. We suspect it would temporarily turn your scalp a yellow shade so possibly not a good idea, hope that helps!

  14. Research suggests that turmeric is good for stimulating hair regrowth. Aveda Invati system for Men has excellent reviews and we recommend that you try it out!

  15. So glad it’s working well for you! Thank you for leaving such an inspirational comment. Long may Turmeric work so well for you and your husband! All our best wishes to you!

  16. I was actually looking to find information about turmeric and nail growth. I’ve always had good nails, but recently realized they are growing faster and are stronger. I’ve been taking turmeric for about 2 months now.
    Thank You for all this information.
    Will turmeric hair treatments affect colored hair ?

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  20. Hello Admin,
    It is very nice that your blog is providing valuable information to us. I hear Green Tea works really well too

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  24. If you use turmeric on your face would the facial hair drop off. Need a way to get ride of facial hair.

  25. after talking alot of medication our doctor ask us,to start on Tree of life Health Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 1 month into treatment she improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. all thanks to Tree of Life Clinic, Visit Tree of life Health Clinic website She is strong again and able to go about daily activities

  26. I’ve been taking turmeric orally for 3 months. I have lost 10 pounds without trying a nice surprise. But I also noticed that I have now been losing hair by the route by the handful. So investigating tumeric I found out that it can increase your testosterone levels which in turn can cause hair loss. I can’t say for a fact that it caused my hair loss but it kind of coincides with starting the tumeric. In addition I did have covid-19 the beginning of November. The hair loss started the end of November. Any thoughts would be welcome. I would definitely like the stop the hair from falling out I am also 14 years into menopause this could very well be part of it it just seems coincidental that it started after starting tumeric. I am temporarily stopping the tumeric to see if anything changes. But also plan on seeing my doctor for the hair falling out. I should mention I had a small bout of the hair falling out about a year-and-a-half ago my doctor did blood work then and did not find anything.

  27. Great one! I love the whole article. You have described the benefits of turmeric milk very well. Thanks for sharing such useful information with us!

  28. Indeed your article is very informative. I wan to highlight one more important use of turmeric here. Turmeric is a very useful natural ingredient in making organic face mask recipes too. Many other organic ingredients like Rose Water, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Milk, etc. are mixed together with turmeric to make the useful face masks. You can find the exact methods and process to make these useful face masks over the internet if you search for it. Even you can also add few of these Turmeric Face Mask recipes in this article to make it more useful and informative. Thanks and please keep sharing useful information like this with us always.

  29. Turmeric contains many antioxidants that can help make your skin look young and fresh. Olive oil will help retain the elasticity of skin. Mix turmeric powder and olive oil and use on your face and neck. Let it stay a while and massage lightly to help stimulate growth of new cells. Wash off later to reveal supple skin.

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    Can turmeric grow hair if use with nut butter. Am again scared wen I see posts on internet that turmeric can be used to remove har. Yet I want to use it on my bald scalp

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