Turmeric has featured prominently in the ancient ayurvedic practices in this island as well as other Asian lands. The beneficial properties of the plant are found in rhizomes. Turmeric through the ages has been used as a skin cleanser and purifier.
Turmeric paste has traditionally been used to keep hair superfluous. Its antimicrobial properties make it a key ingredient in Ayurvedic remedies. It is also said to improve the skin and is touted as an anti-aging agent. It grows abundantly throughout Sri Lanka.
Turmeric figures prominently in bridal beautification ceremonies to improve the skin tone and tan. It is popularly used in skin and facial applications, which result in a clear, fair and radiant complexion.