The Importance of Haldi (Turmeric in Indian Culture)
Among the various preparations that are done to make a wedding ceremony the perfect one, is one tradition that involves applying a turmeric paste on the bride’s body. Turmeric is considered auspicious in Indian culture and we Indians possibly make the most use of it. In India Turmeric is used as a spice in every household, it is also given a very high regard in our ancient medicine system i.e. Ayurveda. The classic Haldi ubtan for bride is not just a face pack or a beauty regime but in true essence it is a tradition that has been followed since time immemorial.
Haldi, Halad or Haridra all these names refer to the golden spice Turmeric which comes from the Ginger family. Turmeric is used to improve blood circulation, ensure digestive health and is also a very good and effective home remedy for cough and cold. Apart from numerous health benefits of Turmeric, it is also acknowledged as a beauty aid. It is used in several beauty formulations like sun screens, fairness pack, anti acne creams, antiseptic creams etc. and thus in an Indian wedding a whole ceremony is dedicated to Turmeric, to beautify a bride and groom prior to their wedding day.
The Haldi ubtan is applied on the arms, legs and face of the bride and is gently scrubbed and is followed by a customary bath. The Uban helps in brightening the skin and removing the tan, it also gives glow and radiance to the skin.
How To Make Haldi Ubtan For Bride
Ubtan is a paste made with different ingredients like besan, haldi, masoor dal powder, sandalwood powder, fuller’s Earth etc. to improve the complexion, smoothness and radiance of the skin. Using Turmeric in the ubtan will not only bestow glow and suppleness but will also help in treating pimples, fading the scars and killing the bacteria from the surface of the skin.
Also Read: Skin Brightening Masoor Dal Ubtan
The base of ubtan used by brides in Indian culture is Haldi, a few more ingredients are added to balance the intensity of turmeric and to make the ubtan more enriching for the skin.
To Make Haldi Ubtan You Will Need
1. Dried Turmeric Roots : 1 part
2. Besan (chikpea Flour) : 3 parts
3. Rose Water
4. For Dry Skin: Mustard Oil / Sesame Oil or Buttermilk
For Oily Skin : Lemon Juice
5. Sandal wood powder : 1 part
So if you take 1 tsp of haldi paste you must add 1 tsp of chandan or sandal wood powder and 3 tsp teaspoon of besan
The reason for adding the ingredient listed under no. 4 is to tackle the dryness that can be caused to the brides who already have dry skin. Those who do not have dry skin can delete the oil from this ubtan.
How To Make The Turmeric Paste For Bride (with sandalwood)
1. Soak the Turmeric roots for 24 hours so that they become soft and convenient to be ground or pounded. Pounding is the traditional approach applied while preparing Haldi paste for brides.
2. Make the paste from the soaked roots
3. In a bowl, mix turmeric paste, besan and chandan powder
4. Add rose water to adjust the consistency and finally the oil or buttermilk if you are willing to use it.
Voila you are ready with your pre-bridal Haldi ubtan, this ubtan can be used in Haldi ceremony and also as a face pack before wedding for that unparalleled glowing skin every bride deserves to flaunt on her big day.
If you find soaking and grinding turmeric roots a little tedious, you can replace the roots with turmeric powder. Ensure that you get your turmeric powder from a herbal store and not from the spice shelf of a supermarket.
If you loved this article Im sure you will also like to make your own bath powder i.e snan ubtan.
Using The Curative and Healing Power of Turmeric for Bruises and Wound Care
A wound is an injury in which the skin is cut , torn or broken.
A bleeding wound is dangerous as it result in catching infections and heavy blood loss, the first attempt should be to stop the blood flow. This can be done by rubbing ice or elevating the wound.
Quick Relief (QR) Powders like WoundsSeal come as great relief for stopping bleeding.
Like every other problems there is an amazing Home Remedy for healing the wounds also, how a very common spice turmeric heals wounds and bruises is just amazing, usually we tend to ignore these simple things present in our home that can actually help us in dealing with a lot of common ailments.
Turmeric heals Wounds and Bruises
Turmeric “The Golden Spice” however is celebrated globally as a spice used in curries and stews, has various medicinal properties too. It has been used both in ancient traditional Chinese medicine and in Indian Ayurveda for treating a wide range of health ailments and skin conditions.
Natural Healing Power of Turmeric
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Relieves inflammation of the wound / cut and bruise.
Anti Bacterial: It prevents infection.
It helps to stop the bleeding clotting the blood
It promotes the regeneration of new skin.
How to use Turmeric to Heal Cuts and wounds and Bruises
What Happents when you Apply Turmeric on Wounds
Curcumin is a powerful component that gives Turmeric the anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties compound, Turmeric will stop the bleeding, prevent the bacterial infection and will aid the healing process.The analgesic action will help in relieving the pain.
Good quality and unadulterated Turmeric powder can be sprinkled directly on bruises and cuts after cleaning and pat drying to provide instant relief.
For Profusely Bleeding wounds
- Try to stop the bleeding by elevating the wound or by applying slight pressure
- Now clean the wound / place around the wound with water and gently rub to remove the dirt by using a cotton ball or soft clean cloth.
- Make a paste by mixing turmeric with water and apply this paste on the wound.
- Wrap it up with a bandage.
Turmeric and Alum For Wounds
Mix Turmeric powder and powdered Alum in 1:4 ratio apply this on bleeding wounds. This mixture will aid in stopping the bleeding.
To aid the healing process and relieve the pain : Grind whole Turmeric roots (dried) and alum together. Mix this mixture in warm coconut oil to form a paste. Foment (sekana) the wound with this paste with the help of clean muslin cloth.
You can also make a bandage with this paste and tie it on the wound. It makes a good pain reliever.
To Heal Wounds : Heat Ghee (clarified butter), remove from heat and add Turmeric Powder. Apply this on the wound and do the dressing with bandage as you would normally do with other ointments.
Also Read: Health Benefits of Turmeric
Word of Caution
It is okay to use Turmeric for minor injuries to skin like abrasions, superficial cuts and bruises and it does work as an excellent first aid. But if a person has sustained deeper injuries a visit to the Doctor right away is a must. Managing minor wounds with home remedies is advisable but for severe conditions seeking medical aid is the only way. Last but not the least Home Remedy should never be treated as a replacement to medical treatment.