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Friday, May 26, 2006

Turmeric -- A wonder medicinal spice

Turmeric is the dried rhizome of a herbaceous plant, besides imparting a yellow colour and a characteristic flavor to food, it has a long history of use in Indian Ayurvedic medicines. It is the most popular spice as a beauty aid. The spice is sometimes called 'Indian Saffron', as its shares the deep yellow orange color of the saffron.

A member of ginger family, the root of the turmeric plant in its dried form is used as spice. It’s mildly aromatic with a pungent bittersweet flavor. Turmeric is used as a condiment, textile and culinary dye.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Purifies the blood
  • Aids in digestion of protein.
  • It’s an antidote against poison.
  • Promotes proper metabolism in the body, correcting both, excess and deficiencies.
  • It is used for fever, stomach upset, infection, arthritis, dysentery, jaundice and other liver problems.
  • Turmeric paste prevents and cures pigmentation, maintains pH factor and makes skin glowing.
  • Indians put the spice on their Band-Aids as a disinfectant & sprinkle the powder on wounds to help them heal faster.
  • It’s also used to treat chest congestion, menstrual discomforts and many more ailments.
  • Considered a cleansing herb for the whole body, it gives energy and grants prosperity.
  • Many People in India (also in Nepal, Bhutan & some other East Asian countries) gargle with turmeric when they have laryngitis and rub it on the skin to cure cuts and psoriasis.
  • They swallow it to treat bronchitis and chronic diseases such as diabetes.
  • Indian brides and grooms apply turmeric and milk to their skin before marriage, to look more beautiful.
  • This is used as one of the important ingredient spices in Indian foods and curries for flavor, colour and preserve.
  • Turmeric also has potent antioxidant properties and may even lower cholesterol.
  • It is widely believed that it helps in curing many diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, arthritis and various cancers.

Some Links related to turmeric:
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric Tea
Turmeric trauma for cancer
Turmeric an Indian discovery, says US patent office
From the spice rack to the lab counter

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