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Facts about the Goodness of Turmeric

Updated on May 30, 2016

Turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory ingredient in Indian and Chinese medicine since ancient times. It was traditionally known as the Indian Saffron.

About the Turmeric Plant

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) belongs to the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). It is grown in South and South East Asia.

The Turmeric plant is an upright herb. It grows to about 1m in height. Leaves are large and oblong. The flowers are yellow and white and grow on a spike like a stalk. The flowers are sterile. The turmeric plant reproduces only through rhizomes.

Ginger is a rhizome (Rhizome is the horizontal stem of a plant that can produce roots and shoots of a new plant).

A rhizome is brown in color and is thick and fleshy. When the rhizomes are not used fresh, they are boiled for several hours and dried in hot ovens. After this, they are ground into a fine powder – Turmeric Powder.

Many Uses of Turmeric Powder

  • Turmeric powder is mixed with honey and applied to the face for treating acne. Both honey and turmeric have antibacterial properties that help to kill the acne causing bacteria.
  • Turmeric powder is added to many homemade facial masks. The addition of turmeric helps to cleanse deep and rejuvenate the skin.

  • Turmeric paste is applied to the skin before having a bath once a week. It helps in rejuvenating the skin. It unclogs the pores and deep cleanses the skin. Turmeric not only cleanses the skin but also nourishes the skin with Vitamin B6.

  • A quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder is boiled with milk and consumed to cure a sore throat.

  • Turmeric paste is applied to stretch marks on the skin a few minutes before a bath to help erase the stretch marks over a period.

  • Ayurvedic medicines use turmeric as a means for curing or relieving inflammation, cough, cold, chest congestion, healing of wounds, itching of the skin, acne, for ailments of the stomach, arthritis, etc.

  • Turmeric is also used in cooking. Turmeric powder is added to many dishes in India.

  • A pinch of turmeric powder is used to give a rich color to many curries and rice dishes. This powder is also used as a flavor enhancer in pickles, popcorn, rice dishes and soup.

  • Turmeric is the most commonly used food dye. It is used to dye butter, cheese, milk, pickles, mustards, fruit drinks, cakes, and jelly.

Research is still going on this miracle herb - Turmeric.

Medicinal Value of Turmeric

Turmeric is rich in antioxidant content. The source of antioxidant in the turmeric is from an active compound called curcuminoid. These curcuminoids deliver the all-important antioxidants.

Antioxidants help boost the immunity system in your body. They protect the cells from damage and slows down the aging process. Turmeric helps support the blood and liver functions. It improves the circulation of blood throughout the body and this, in turn, promotes overall health and well-being.

Turmeric is used as an essential ingredient in most of the Ayurvedic medicines due to its as anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      travmaj thank you for stopping by. Turmeric is good for health and it is used internally and externally.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      How interesting - only recently someone told me that Turmeric was being used as treatment for memory loss in elderly people and with great results. Now I see it has many other uses including external disorders. Thanks for this, useful and interesting hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      rasta1 turmeric is very good for skin disorders too. Thank you for reading.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Never tried it for skin remedies. Turmeric is very popular for reducing cholesterol. I thought it was only used for internal applications.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Deepak Chaturvedi thank you. Turmeric is a wonder rhizome. Thanks for the share and vote up.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Being an Indian I already have great info about turmeric.You gave a great info in this hubThanks to share voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Jools99 it is really good. You should follow up. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub. I took a quarter of a teaspoon if turmeric in water for a while because someone told me it would help with my back problems; I got too forgetful though and kept forgetting to take it. My sister takes it every single day and completely believes it its health benefits.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      JasonL99 I have read a lot of articles but I have never kept the links, but I always google latest research on turmeric and read up.

      Victoria Lynn thank you am happy my hub gives you a lot of ideas.

      Jackie Lynnley turmeric is great on the skin. Thank you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Voted up, I know about turmeric and I use it, have for months now. Great info.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub. I've heard a lot of great things about turmeric. This gives me more ideas!! Very useful hub!

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      JasonL99 5 years ago

      Do you have any links to scientific articles discussing Turmeric as a topical treatment?

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      sassydee thank you for stopping by and your precious vote.

      teaches12345 thank you for reading and yes turmeric has many benefits.

      sandrabusby thank you for reading and sharing my hub.

      rahul0324 thank you for your appreciation, turmeric has great medicinal properties.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A very informative hub! I still remember how mu made me a glass of hot turmeric milk when I had a sore throat...

      As you outlined.. the uses and advantages are many

      Good One!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I'm a great believer in tumeric. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful news on tumeric. It does have so many good benefits. Now I see why it is added to mustard, it makes sense to use it as a dye.

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      Delilah 5 years ago from los angeles, ca

      voted useful