real raw kitchen: DIY: anti-inflammatory masque

Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY: anti-inflammatory masque

Turmeric is an incredible anti-inflammatory  agent and is one of the most potent spices to exist. Whether ingested internally or used as a topical agent it can have powerful effects. Curcumin is the magical component of turmeric that makes all of this possible. It is effective in almost any inflammatory issues.

Turmeric is also an incredible healing agent when it comes to marks and scars. It sweeps away old damaged cells and allows new and beautiful, glow-y cells to surface.

In this case, it can also be used as a topical masque for any flare ups. Since going off birth control a little over a year ago my skin has been on a hormonal roller coaster and seems to finally be slowing down. Now my flare ups are only around the final week of my cycle and are much more manageable ... which means they are much more responsive to treatment. 

And so, behold, the simplest masque to treat flare ups, irritations, or even just good, old-fashioned skin sweeping.

Anti-Inflammatory Masque
1 T turmeric
1 T raw honey

Put into a small bowl and mix together until incorporated thoroughly. Spread on your face and leave anywhere from 5-20 minutes. Use a washcloth (one you don't care about) and rinse it in warm/hot water. Place over your face and let the heat work with the masque and skin. Once the damp washcloth is cooled wipe everything off. You can even use it, at this point, as a scrub as well. 

Don't be alarmed when your washcloth turns yellow and if your skin has a yellow tint as well. Use a good cleanser to get the color off (how about organic virgin olive oil?!).

Another one of my favorite at-home treatments. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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