Introducing “MultiPurpose,” a new monthly blog post showing the versatility of ingredients. I will present 1 ingredient + show you a way to incorporate it into a food recipe + show it in a cosmetic product. Although I make bath + body products like soap, scrubs, body butters, hair products + more, our products are formulated to cleanse, beautify, promote attractiveness + alter the appearance . . . which makes them a cosmetic. My goal is to create products work transdermally . . . through the skin.
@ J. Lexi we believe that at least 90% of what we eat for skin health can be applied topically to the skin to create + maintain healthy skin. In keeping with our mission on a holistic approach to skin care, we want to present ingredients that can be eaten for a health benefit but can also be applied directly to the skin for healthy skin.
Turmeric . . .
Botanical Name: Curcuma Ionga. Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, and is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world. It’s actually unclear whether it was first used for its peppery flavor and the unique kick it lends to foods. Ancient medicinal uses for turmeric began when it was noted as an anti-inflammatory agent, and then to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in the urine, hemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence, and colic.
Basic nutritional aspects of turmeric include a 26% daily value in manganese and 16% in iron. It’s also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, and healthy amounts of vitamin C and magnesium. Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in Chinese + Indian medicine for millennia. Curcumin, the primary pharmacological agent in this spice, contains proven effects in this area that are comparable to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory age.
Turmeric Fun Facts . . .Traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow color, turmeric has been used throughout history as a condiment, textile dye, and health remedy with a revered place in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia, a comprehensive holistic health care list that dates back to 500 B.C.
Turmeric in Food . . .
I love to create in the kitchen formulating products + recipes. I recently created Turmeric Greek Yogurt.
Turmeric Greek Yogurt recipe:
1 cup of my homemade Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pure vanilla extract
agave syrup to taste
Mix well + let set overnight. Setting overnight softens the turmeric + cinnamon and better incorporates them into the yogurt.
Turmeric on the Skin . . .
The skin is our largest organ + absorbs everything we put on it, including wash off items. Soooo, why not put our highlighted ingredient in a product. Turmeric can be applied directly to the skin . . . it makes a great facial mask.
The health benefits of turmeric include an improved ability to digest fats, reducing gas + bloating, decreased congestion, and improved skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis + acne.
Introducing our Turmeric + Coconut body bar . . .
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