Q&A WITH RAMYA FROM WILD TURMERIC
1. Why you love turmeric?
I love turmeric for it's wonderful anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Here in India we have been using it as spice and medicine for thousands of years. We use it in our curries, as a face pack, in bath powder recipes for both adults and children and as a home remedy to treat many common ailments...
2. Your favourite turmeric recipe and why?
Though there are many, my all time favorite is turmeric and holy basil paste for treating acne. It is one of the best remedy for treating acne and all minor skin blemishes. Though the paste stings a bit when applied initially, it gives wonderful results... (see below for Holy Basil Recipe)
3. Something we didn't know about turmeric?
Turmeric poultice is one of the best home remedies for abscess. I was suffering from recurrent abscess for 2 long years taking huge doses of medicines every time. One of my relatives suggested turmeric poultice and magically I stopped getting abscess after that. This incident also was one of the main reasons for me to start wildturmeric blog as I wanted to record all the home remedies that has been practiced in our place. Nothing makes me more happy than when someone writes to me saying that have been healed of their ailments using the remedies...
4. How do you describe beauty ?
My grandma always used to say that true beauty lies within and external beauty just reflects our inner beauty and I truly agree. In my eyes a person who is caring, compassionate and full of love is the most beautiful person on earth :)
Holy Basil/ Turmeric Acne treatment Recipe:
To make the mask, first make a turmeric paste by rubbing turmeric on a coarse stone till you have enough paste.
Take fresh tulsi leaves and grind it into a fine paste using boiled water in a mortar and pestle till you get a smooth paste.
Add the turmeric paste to it and mix well to a smooth paste.
To use, apply a thin coating of this mixture on the face, wait for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off.
Continue using it for few days regularly.
Regular use of this paste also reduces the scars left by acne.