TURMERIC AND YO­GURT

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Turmeric has long been a magic in­gre­di­ent, be it in the kitchen or beauty rou­tines. Home-made yo­gurt may be seen as a sim­ple del­i­cacy in sum­mer, and when mixed with turmeric, it also makes a sim­ple top­i­cal scrub, which cleanses, nour­ishes and heals the skin. “Blend­ing turmeric with yo­gurt is known to be cool­ing, cleans­ing and nour­ish­ing. As yo­gurt has a bind­ing property it en­hances the ben­e­fits of turmeric”, says Dr Ravin­dra Gang­wani, MBS Ayurvedic Cen­tre, Pune. “Of the reg­u­lar turmeric and the lat­ter is more ben­e­fi­cial for top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion. Yo­gurt set from cow’s milk is rec­om­mended over buf­falo milk yo­gurt as the for­mer is more po­tent,” says Dr Gang­wani. The turmeric-yo­ghurt scrub is suit­able for all skin types; how­ever it is most ben­e­fi­cial for dry skin. The scrub may be kept on for about 15 min­utes, then moist­ened with wa­ter, gen­tly rubbed and washed off. Dr Gang­wani says a tea­spoon of turmeric and four tea­spoons of yo­ghurt may be blended for a reg­u­lar face scrub. A tea­spoon of gram flour may be added to the scrub, for en­hanced cleans­ing. A pinch of the ayurvedic herb (Long pep­per) added to the scrub gives you health­ier skin. Adding half a tea­spoon of olive oil helps to nour­ish the skin and make it soft and smooth.

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