10 Secret benefits hidden in Tamarind for Skin and Hair

10 Secret benefits hidden in Tamarind for Skin and Hair

10 Secret benefits hidden in Tamarind for Skin and Hair

Commonly used in Asian cuisine, tamarind or ‘imli’ is an ingredient found in almost every household. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, tamarind has numerous health benefits. But these benefits are not the only reason tamarind is a staple ingredient; it is the distinct tangy sweet and sour taste that people crave for. But, apart from the use in your kitchen, did you know that Tamarind has some unique benefits for your Hair, and even for your skin?

This article will tell you in detail how Tamarind can work wonders to enhance your natural beauty.

About the plant

Derived from the Persian phrase ‘tamar-I-hind, the name of this pulpy fruit means ‘date of India’. It is native to Africa but is also found in other tropical regions such as Mexico, India, and Pakistan. The scientific name of the tamarind tree is Tamarindus indica and it is an exceptionally tall hardwood tree.

The goodness of Tamarind

Tamarind is packed with the goodness of multiple antioxidant compounds such as carotene. It contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B3, E, and K which promote healthy blood circulation and cell growth. It is also rich in flavonoids, polyphenols, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. These nutrients make skin brighter and healthier, adding to tamarind’s benefits.

General uses

Apart from being used as a flavoring in cooking, tamarind is traditionally utilized in many other ways too. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is commonly used in medicine and to treat problems such as:

  • Constipation
  • Stomach problems
  • Fever and cold
  • Intestinal worms
  • Eye drops for dry eyes

In this article, we will focus on the benefits of Tamarind for skin and hair. 

Tamarind Benefits for Skin

1. Moisturizes the skin:

Tamarind has great benefits for the skin, and they all start with its emollient properties. Thanks to Vitamin A and C, it gently soothes the skin and reduces irritation, making it helpful in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Tamarind provides deep and lasting hydration, healing dry, scaly skin. Due to its molecular structure, tamarind acts as a great natural moisturizing agent.

2. Reduces acne and pigmentation:

Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, tamarind is a great way to naturally fight pimples and breakouts. It reduces the appearance of blemishes, scars, dark spots, and pigmentation, making your skin smooth and clear. Apart from that, tamarind also has great healing properties which help speed up wound closure and gently reduce acne.

3. Lightens and brightens skin:

Constant exposure to sun, dust, and pollution can harm the protective layer of the skin and make it appear dark and dull. Tamarind is a natural bleaching agent that can help in lighting the skin’s complexion without the damage of chemically formulated products. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which provide several benefits for the skin’s health, especially clearing dead cells and giving skin a bright natural glow.

4. Anti-ageing effect:

Tamarind is the secret to looking young forever! Packed with nutrients, it fights free radicals that are responsible for premature ageing. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties which slow down the process of ageing and reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Tamarind is a rich source of hyaluronic acid which is also known as the ‘fountain of youth’. It penetrates the gap between cells and locks moisture in, making the skin soft and supple.

5. Exfoliates Skin:

Exfoliating is a great way to rid your skin of dirt, sebum, and dead skin cells and make way for healthier and rejuvenated skin. Exfoliation can unclog your pores, preventing blackheads, whiteheads, and breakouts. Tamarind contains alpha-hydroxy acid which has the ability to remove dirt and impurities that are embedded in the skin. It gets rid of the built-up dead cells and makes it easier to moisturize the skin, leaving you with smooth, glowing skin.

Tamarind Benefits for Scalp and Hair

1. Repairs environmental damage:

Constant exposure to pollutants and UV radiation can cause the hair to become rough, damaged, and weak. Tamarind is rich in proteins and hence has the ability to repair environmental damage, making your hair naturally stronger. It coats the brittle hair and restores moisture, making it shinier. It works on all hair types- curly, straight, wavy, or frizzy.

2. Treats oily scalp:

Tamarind helps in getting rid of any excess oil (sebum) or residual dirt from the scalp. This residue is the cause of an itchy scalp and dandruff. It soothes the irritated scalp and reduces dandruff, providing relief. Tamarind pulp gently cleanses the hair and restores moisture without making it greasy, giving you the perfect luscious hair.

3. Strengthens hair:

Tamarind is a natural ingredient to boost hair’s strength. It is packed with proteins and nutrients that are essential in repairing and strengthening hair. Amino acids penetrate the hair follicles and ensure the growth of healthy hair. By moisturizing and nourishing hair, it prevents breakage and split ends.

4. Controls hair fall:

Tamarind ensures a healthy scalp by reducing irritation and strengthening hair follicles. This leads to a drastic decrease in hair loss, making the new growth of hair stronger and healthier. With the help of vitamins and minerals, tamarind strengthens your locks and reduces excessive hair fall. 

5. Promotes hair growth:

Since tamarind has a repairing and strengthening effect on the scalp and the roots of the hair, it also encourages the growth of hair. Healthy hair follicles mean faster and healthier hair growth. It gives you salon-like smooth hair naturally at home.

Benefits of Tamarind During pregnancy

1. Tamarind is rich in AHAs which are responsible for collagen formation and cell regeneration. This makes the skin more elastic, preventing tears and stretch marks.

2. Regularly applying tamarind to your face can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, making your skin more smooth and radiant.

3. The anti-inflammatory effect of tamarind reduces pain, soreness, and swelling and provides relief from muscle pain, a common concern for pregnant moms.

4. Hair fall is a common concern amongst pregnant moms. Tamarind can help fight this by strengthening your hair follicles and promoting the growth of healthy and luscious hair.

Use the beauty secrets of Tamarind at home effectively

You can directly apply tamarind juice to your skin and hair. You can often find blocks of the compressed pulp or even use the tamarind pods. Soak the tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the pulp to extract all of its goodness. Strain the juice and throw the pulp away. Tamarind can be combined with several other ingredients such as lemon juice, yogurt, gram flour, and turmeric to make skin and hair masks. This can enhance the benefits of tamarind and promote the overall health of the skin.

3 DIY Tamarind Face Treatments

1. Tamarind face pack

Tamarind has bleaching properties which help lighten your skin without the use of any harmful chemicals. To make a lightening face pack, mix equal amounts of tamarind pulp, lemon juice, and honey. Let it sit on your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with cold water.

2. Exfoliating facial scrub

This face scrub can get rid of all the dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells from your skin, leaving it smooth and revitalised. Mix equal amounts of tamarind pulp, sea salt, and curd. Use this to gently scrub your face in a circular motion and rinse.

3. Tamarind toner

Replace your store-bought toner, which is filled with harmful chemicals with this natural homemade toner. Boil tamarind in water and strain to get tamarind-induced water. To this add an equal amount of tea-induced water and mix. Apply using a cotton pad or a spray bottle.

2 DIY Tamarind Hair treatments

1. Tamarind hair pack

Soak tamarind in warm water and strain it. Use this tamarind juice to massage it into your hair and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash with shampoo to cleanse.

2. Tamarind cream

Mix together two spoons of tamarind pulp, and one spoon of buttermilk and olive oil each. Use this paste on your scalp by massaging it in. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with shampoo. Use this cream regularly to treat an oily scalp.

Does Tamarind have any side effects?

When used in the raw, potent form, Tamarind is one of the ingredients that can trigger an allergic reaction in people with extremely sensitive skin. Hence, it is advisable to do a patch test before using it on the rest of your skin. If you experience irritation, rashes, nausea, itching, or a burning sensation, discontinue use immediately.

FAQs

1. What does tamarind look like?

The tamarind fruit is a large bean-shaped pod that is usually around 6 inches in length. The thick pod has a brown skin and consists of the sticky pulp that we consume. This pulp is greenish with white seeds and this green turns to brown as the fruit matures. 

2. How to store tamarind?

After opening the pods, tamarind can be stored in the refrigerator for at least 3 months. It should be wrapped and sealed tightly to ensure it doesn’t go bad. When needed, you can cut off a small amount and re-wrap the remaining pulp. Tamarind pulp can be stored in the freezer indefinitely if sealed well. Whole pods should be stored at room temperature in a cool, dark place.

3. Does tamarind help with weight loss?

Tamarind is an excellent ingredient for weight loss. It is packed with fiber that keeps you full and reduces cravings, making it easier to control binge eating. It has flavonoids and polyphenols that boost metabolism, which helps with weight loss.

4. Can consuming Tamarind be harmful during Pregnancy?

Consumption of Tamarind should be in moderation if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.Too much of it can cause severe acidity and can create an imbalance in blood sugar and blood pressure levels. If that happens, consult your doctor immediately.

Summary benefits

Packed with vitamins, minerals, and almost every nutrient you can think of, tamarind has great benefits for the skin. It reduces acne, blemishes, signs of ageing, and dead skin cells, nourishing the skin and giving it a bright glow. The proteins in tamarind repair and strengthen hair, protecting it from sun damage and preventing hair fall, breakage, and split ends. It also treats the scalp and ensures healthy follicles which speed up the growth of hair.

Tamarind can help mothers during pregnancy by reducing swelling and providing relief from muscle pain. It can also soothe the gut and its laxative effect prevents constipation. While tamarind has more benefits than we can count, it can also lead to multiple complications if used in large quantities. Hence, it is important to be careful and use it in moderation.


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