Turmeric also known as Indian Saffron or Haldi is considered to be one of Mother Nature’s miraculous healing cures. It’s a magic herb due to its immense popularity worldwide and diverse usage. Turmeric is a perennial herb that is native to India and has the scientific name of Curcuma longa. It is also termed as the ‘Golden Herb’ for the same reason.
Turmeric has its origins most likely in India but today it is common throughout Southeast Asia, China, and southern Australia but can be found in most tropical regions of the world. It is a widely cultivated plant throughout the tropics. Widely known to be one of Mother Nature’s miraculous healing cures, Turmeric has a wide array of health benefits.
Interesting Facts about Turmeric:
- Turmeric has long been used as an Eastern folk remedy for eye discharges and as a cooling, soothing skin lotion
- Turmeric is served as a tea in Japan
- Turmeric is used as a fabric dye
- Turmeric is a good source of vitamin C and magnesium
- Turmeric can be useful for migraine pain
- Turmeric is sometimes used as a substitute for saffron
It has been used traditionally as an antiseptic to treat cuts, bruises, and even burns. Turmeric is used as an anti-aging herb because of its excellent anti-oxidant properties, which can prevent free radical damage.
Traditional uses/Medicinal Benefits:
- Turmeric root can be squeezed to extract juice which is then mixed with water which can be used to clear sinuses and for ear aches.
- Its healing and therapeutic properties have also resulted in it being used in many cosmetic products as well as home-based beauty treatments
- Turmeric paste is used by women in the Indian sub-continent for removal of unwanted hair. Its application on the skin also gives it a pleasant glow and keeps harmful bacteria away from the body.
- Turmeric may also enhance Taxol’s effect in reducing metastasis of breast cancer.
- Curcumin has a positive effect on liver
- It’s a useful herb used in treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Fortunately, turmeric is extremely safe and very few and minor side-effects are reported. Excessive consumption of Turmeric can increase bile secretion and associated with increase of pitta in the body.