Spices have been used since time immemorial for culinary as well as health and beauty benefits. India particularly is rich in spices and is a major exporter of it. Indian cuisine involves the use of too many spices and herbs. These spices have also been used in skincare products since many years. We look below at six spices that are effective for the overall wellbeing.
- Ginger – Ginger is full of antioxidants and hence when ginger as a whole or in the liquid form is mixed in tea it relieves you from cold. You can also apply ginger juice on the skin to reduce blemishes and scars. Its anti-inflammatory property and the fact that it boosts the blood circulation in the body makes it an effective remedy for healing purpose.
- Vanilla Bean – This spice, which has a sweet fragrance, is a hit with the top chefs. Its health benefits are many. The vanillin that is extracted from the pods of the vanilla beans is used as an ingredient in skin and haircare products as it possesses the ability to moisten and smoothen the skin. As vanilla bean is rich in vitamin B and other vitamins, it helps in replenishing the skin.
- Turmeric and Paprika – Both these spices possess anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredients called carotenoid, beta-carotene, which gives them its orange colour. A quarter teaspoon ground turmeric when mixed with a tablespoon of yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey makes an excellent facemask. When applied to clean skin regularly it brightens the skin and delay the ageing process.
- Nutmeg – This natural astringent spice is beneficial in reducing the pigmentation, blemishes, scars and other spots. Just like nutmeg, cloves too possess similar properties due to their ingredients such as eugenol, phenyl propene and others. These spices are particularly helpful in keeping the body warm during the winters. For oily and combination skin, nutmeg and cloves are useful. A pinch of either spice when mixed with liquid castile soap makes a rejuvenating face wash.
- Cinnamon – This spice is known for its varied benefits. From being used in perfumes to drinks to sauces, cinnamon offers myriad uses. This spice also keeps the body warm. You can make a massage oil by mixing a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to any massage oil without fragrance. It is effective in soothing backaches and joint paints when massaged slowly and regularly.
- Safflower – Saffron as we all know is very expensive. Safflower is used as its substitute. The oil extracted from the plant is also used in beauty products, as it is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids. It hydrates and soothes the skin. Its moisturizing properties help in revving dry skin and keeps it smooth and hydrated.
The above benefits of extracted spice are just a few out of the many other benefits that it offers. You must not hesitate in buying and keeping it in the house as it provides numerous benefits.