Turmeric is an Indian spice which comes from Turmeric Plant. Turmeric has been used in Indian kitchens in food, for making curries and adding flavor and color to the food for centuries now.
Turmeric has also been used in Ayurveda for medicinal purposes from around 4000 years.
It has been evident that turmeric is used to treat many common symptoms like cold, cough, injuries, heal wounds etc due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric is often called as the golden spice due to its versatile properties.
Turmeric gets its health benefits primarily because of curcumin. Curcumin is a bio active component which provides these benefits of turmeric.
Why curcumin is not used in Drugs?
Despite of having these many health benefits curcumin is not used in drugs, why is it so? In a review by ACS, scientists wrote that Turmeric is an unstable, reactive, non bio available compound and, therefore, a highly improbable lead for drug development.
This is the main reason that curcumin can not be used by scientists to fuse them directly into medicines and use it for treating various conditions.
So, if you want to use curcumin, you can only get it from turmeric.
Apart from these many properties turmeric possesses many dermatological benefits. Turmeric is used on skin to provide natural glow and also used to treat various skin conditions.
We have been talking about turmeric’s impact on skin from a long time now. But today we will discuss its benefits on hairs and how does turmeric helps in hair growth.
Benefits of Turmeric on Hairs
It reduces Hair Loss
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) in your hair actually causes hair loss so a lot of people who have alopecia may have high levels of DHT on their scalp.
DHT is formed due to conversion of testosterone to DHT with the help of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase (5-AR). Finasteride is an ingredient used in synthetic drugs to treat androgenic alopecia by blocking the production of DHT.
Turmeric extracts have been said to be having properties like that of Finasteride according to the scientific research of BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies.
Apart from DHT, underlying conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis may be responsible for hair loss in some cases, and curcumin can help to resolve this.
It helps in treating dandruff
There are many possible reasons for a dry, itchy scalp, but often turmeric can come to the rescue. “The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities that it contains can help soothe and rid dandruff.
How does turmeric helps in Hair Growth
As discussed above turmeric helps in hair loss and hence it helps in hair growth too. Apart from blocking DHT turmeric activates the Vitamin D receptor of our hair follicles.
These genes help to control the growth cycles of hair, and studies have shown that mice and humans who lack these genes are more likely to suffer from alopecia than their counterparts.
This has also been backed by the proof in Oxford Academic
How to use turmeric for Hair growth
- By taking turmeric orally
Turmeric is often consumed orally by using it in our various recipes. It is a must have spice in every Indian Kitchen.
Turmeric adds flavor, taste and color to the food and almost every Indian curry and gravy is incomplete without this magic spice. Apart from this turmeric can also be consumed with the milk, it is also known as Golden milk.
For this add half a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of milk.
It can be consumed directly and has many health benefits.
Apart from it turmeric is said to be more bio available to the body if it is consumed with piperine (the major active component of black pepper), which can drastically (up to 2000 percent!) increase the amount that gets into the bloodstream.
- By applying it on hairs
Turmeric can be applied on the hair by forming a hair mask.
It can be used as an ingredient of a DIY(Do It Yourself) hair mask.
There are various hair mask recipes of turmeric, few of them are:
i ) Turmeric & Honey – Blending these two ingredients will form a hair mask which will boost your hair regrowth and prevent scalp infections.
ii ) Turmeric & Milk Hair Mask – It helps increase strength of hair and regrowth.
iii ) Turmeric & Olive Oil – Combination of both olive oil and turmeric can help decrease dandruff.
iv ) Curd & Turmeric – A mixture of these two will help produce moisturize of your hair.
Side Effects and risks of using Turmeric
- When taken by mouth turmeric is usually safe but some people might experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
- To pregnant women and breastfeeding women medicines containing turmeric must be taken in a little amount, but it is better to avoid turmeric in medicines.
- If you are suffering or experiencing some kind of gallbladder problems like gallstones or a bile duct obstruction then it is said that turmeric might worsen these conditions. So it is advised that you must avoid turmeric in such conditions.
- Turmeric has a low bio availability which means your metabolism will burn it off quickly and your body won’t absorb much so exact amount of the turmeric you take and the turmeric absorbed by the body will vary so eventually you cannot keep track of how much turmeric you have taken.
- When applied to the hair scalp directly or with some by product turmeric can temporarily stain the skin or leave a yellow residue. This is normal. But if you’re allergic, direct skin contact can cause irritation, redness, and swelling.
- Some people who suffer from stomach related problems might face irritation while taking turmeric orally.
- Curcumin is present in turmeric as discussed earlier. It might lower the blood sugar level in people with diabetes if taken orally.
Health Counselor and Primary Care Physician by profession, I have 12 years experience in primary health care services. Years of practical experience in women’s health care & ANC services and study have gained me a lot of knowledge on several health issues and I wish to share these medical advice and suggestion through this blog.