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If you have been keeping up with the developments in health science, you probably realize how the world is slowly waking up to the miracle of turmeric. Right from cough and cold to cancer and heart disease, it seems like turmeric (Curcuma longa) has immense curative and protective value. There is, however, a lesser known variety of turmeric called Kasturimanjal that has excellent benefits for healthy skin.
What is Kasturimanjal?
Turmeric used for cooking and medicinal purpose is obtained from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa. This has a mild flavor and imparts a distinct yellow color to the food. In contrast, Kasturimanjal is obtained from the rhizomes of Curcuma aromatica; this variety is highly aromatic but non-staining and this makes it the best option for use in cosmetics intended to be used on the skin.
Benefits of Kasturimanjal
Kasturimanjal has several significant actions on human skin and this makes it a useful remedy for several skin issues. Some of the most important ones are described here.
Can get rid of facial hair
Hair on the face is considered taboo for women and they often try a wide range of often painful treatments to get rid of it. Regular use of a paste of fresh Kasturimanjal on the face helps to keep the face free of hair growth. In fact, in many villages, it is a common practice to rub a fresh piece of Kasturimanjal onto a small stone and apply the paste created to the face during the daily bath. (Read: Get rid of unwanted facial hair naturally!)
Enhances your complextion and gets rid of dark circle removal
Regular use of a face pack made by mixing Kasturimanjal with yogurt or milk helps tocleanse the skin from deep within. This tends to remove skin blemishes and in turn, helps to make the facial skin appear brighter and fairer than before.
Dark circles are a typical darkening of the skin under the eyes. Since Kasturimanjal helps to lighten the tone of skin, applying it to dark circles can help to reduce the pigmentation in that area. (Read: Top home remedies to get rid of dark circles under the eyes)
Helps keep acne at bay
Acne is generally the result of a blocking of the hair follicles in facial skin; the condition gets aggravated if there is contamination with bacteria that are normally present on the skin surface. Kasturimanjal has valuable antibacterial action and this makes it a good remedy for dealing with acne. It may be used alone or in combination with some other natural antibacterial agent such as Basil (tulsi) or honey. Unlike commercially available chemical acne creams, this home remedy with Kasturimanjal has no side effects and ensures better removal of the blemish of acne scars.
Can banish oily skin
Oily facial skin is an invitation to coarseness, blemishes, acne and blackheads. Dealing with this problem is easy using Kasturimanjal in combination with orange juice and sandalwood powder. A face pack can be prepared with a pinch of turmeric mixed with about one tablespoon of sandalwood powder and 3 tablespoons of orange juice. This must be applied to the face and left on for about 15 minutes. The sandalwood powder works as an astringent that causes a tightening of the pores of the skin to prevent the oozing out of the oily substance called sebum. Besides, the orange juice and Kasturimanjal help to reduce skin blemish. (Read: Do people with oily skin need to moisturise? (Beauty query of the day))
Makes your skin look younger
As we grow older, facial skin tends to develop fine lines and get wrinkled, leading to an aged appearance. Kasturimanjal acts to keep the skin supple and soft and thus, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Regular use of this remedy can slow down the apparent effects of ageing.
When it comes to cosmetics for facial skin, there is a wide range of products that are commercially available. However, a significant number of these contain chemicals that may help achieve a particular effect but cause some unwanted side effect. Being a time-tested natural remedy, Kasturimanjal does not cause any untoward effects and this makes it one of the best natural remedies for a healthy and glowing face.
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