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Yellow stains to be found upon use but otherwise good
4 June 2018
Having bought from this seller before, I knew it was a safe bet with regards to quality. And I am not disappointed, largely. However, there is one area that concerns me - the yellow stain! I had heard that this variety of Turmeric does not stain. But this one did. Not to the extent of regular Turmeric, but there was definite yellow staining so you have to use it with care. Have cut 1 star for this reason alone.
I mix it with other powders (such as green gram, besan, rice, moringa etc) and use it as a face wash powder as I don't prefer soap/OTC face washes. Haven't used it as a face pack because I have dry skin. When used it as a face wash, it doesn't dry out my skin but face packs often dry out my skin further.
And because it stains, I have begun to use less of Turmeric & more of other ingredients to make my face wash powder.
My mother uses it on her mild eczema patch on her legs. No discernible effect yet but these things take time.
I must add here that I am not expecting some great results when used as a face wash except delaying of wrinkles in the long run!
Our grandmothers & ancestors did not use fancy (and SLS/SLES/chemical ridden) face washes. And they aged really slowly (and gracefully!)
My mother grew up in Chennai using wild turmeric (kasturi manjal) liberally and says the smell of this one is exactly what she expects of kasturi manjal. However, she also adds that the ones she grew up on hardly ever stained, unlike this one. Unfortunately, this doesn't shed any more light on the authenticity debate!
As for the packing and rest, all first rate. The seller even put a small piece of the actual rhizome! This came with a small handwritten note (these personal touches are much appreciated) that said I could plant it or use it. I have planted it! Let's see if it yields results!
Would I recommend this Wild turmeric? This is tricky. On one hand I would but I would also tell you to be careful about the staining. It might not be as strong as regular turmeric (curcuma longa), however, you don't want to look jaundiced! So mix it with other powders and do a patch test and if it seems fine, go for it!