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Turmeric Health Benefits and Haldi Doodh Recipe

Updated on May 16, 2013
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

Turmeric Health Benefits and Recipes
Turmeric Health Benefits and Recipes

Health Benefits and Religious Significance of Turmeric

The Botanical name of Turmeric is Curcuma longa. Turmeric also known as the Indian Saffron is a member of the ginger family and widely used in Ayurveda because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Turmeric is a perennial shrub that is grown in India and other tropical areas of Asia. This spice is also used as food color and to add flavor in Indian cuisine. Turmeric is a significant ingredient of most curry powders, beauty creams and antiseptics. In India turmeric is considered to be auspicious and also have a religious significance. Turmeric is used in hindu religious rituals. In some parts of India turmeric and milk mixture is offered while doing Snake worship. There is also a tradition of haldi ceremony where turmeric paste is applied to bride and groom before marriage in some places of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The active chemical component of Turmeric is curcumin which is believed to reduce inflammation by reducing histamine levels and also stimulate the adrenal glands and is effective in treating joint pains and artheritis. Research has proved suggest that turmeric protects the liver from the bad effects of certain toxins, including alcohol. It is also said to protect against heart attacks and strokes. Turmeric is also an excellent digestive aid.Research on Curcumin as also showed some anti-cancer properties.It is also said to be good for Alzheimers's Disease.

Turmeric mixed in warm Milk is said to strengthen bones. Sachin Tendulkar is said to like this drink a lot. Turmeric milk can also be used for treating colds, Asthma and for reducing pain associated with arthritis if consumed 2-3 times a day.

Applications (Uses) of Turmeric

  • The application of turmeric mixed with lemon juice on affected area regularly reduces Pigmentation.
  • Application of turmeric curd mixture on pregnancy stretch marks before going to bath reduces the marks.
  • Application of turmeric mixed with Honey on cuts and bruises helps to prevent infections.
  • A paste of turmeric, gram flour and milk as mask on the face regularly helps to get a flawless and glowing skin.
  • Taking one tsp of turmeric juice mixed with honey daily is good for Anemia.
  • Take ½ tsp of turmeric powder or juice in water 3 times a day is proved good for Diarrhea.
  • Taking ½–1 tsp of turmeric 3 times a day is effective for Diabetics.
  • For Burns apply 1 tsp of turmeric with 1 tsp of aloe gel for immediate relief.
  • When burned, turmeric acts as an insect repellent. Inhaling this smoke is good for coughs, asthma and congested nasal passages.

Apart from this turmeric is also said to be a good remedy for menstrual cramps and pain. It is also said to regulate the female reproductive system and purifies the uterus and breast milk. Because of its numerous benefits turmeric is available in the market in capsule form.. Turmeric is considered a safe herb. However, it is advisable that pregnant woman and those with health disorders take the advice of a Physician before taking it on a regular basis.

Turmeric - Ginger Pickle

Turmeric Recipes

Kacha Haldi Achaar


  • 1-cup chopped raw turmeric roots
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • 1 tsp Pickle Masala
  • Oil
  • Salt


Heat Oil in a Kadai and add hing and mustard seeds and allow crackling. Remove from stove and add this once cool to the turmeric pieces along with salt and pickle masala. Stir well. Cover and store the pickle in the refrigerator and use it after 3-4 days as and when required.

Ginger Turmeric Pickle 


  • 1 cup chopped raw turmeric roots
  • 1 cup chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • Chopped green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp asafetida
  • 1/4 Cup Mustard Powder
  • Salt
  • Oil


Heat Oil in a Kadai and fry fenugreek seeds and asafetida until golden. Once cool add mustard powder, turmeric and ginger to it and mix well. Add lemon juice, cut chillies and salt to it and mix well. Pour 2 tablespoons of hot Oil over the pickle and store it in a sterilized glass jar. The Pickle is ready to use after a week.

Turmeric Health Drinks

Golden Milk

Heat ¼ Cup of water and 1/8 tsp of turmeric in a Pan and bring to boil stirring continuously. Place 200 ml milk and 2tsp of almond oil in a separate pan and bring to boil in low flame. Once ready mix them together along with Honey to taste. Drink while warm. This is said to be very good for woman.

Simple Haldi Doodh

Add ½ tsp of pure turmeric powder to 250 ml of hot milk. Add Sugar or Honey and stir well. This is an excellent remedy for Cold and can be taken 3 times a day to get relief from cold. It is also good for those suffering from Asthma.

Haldi Doodh Variations

  • Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 pinch cinnamon powder, 2-3 crushed peppercorns in 250 ml of milk and boil in low heat. Once ready strain the drink and consume while still warm.
  • Add ¼ tsp Turmeric powder, 2 tsp powder Pistachios and 1 tsp of sugar in 250 ml of milk and boil in low flame in a thick bottomed pan. Once ready consume the milk while still warm.
  • Add ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder and 4 dried figs to 250 ml of milk and boil in a thick bottomed plan in low flame. Once ready add honey for taste and drink while still warm.
  • In a thick bottomed pan add ½ tsp ajwain or carom seeds. Stir continuously till brown, add ¼ turmeric power and stir for a second or so. Add this mixture to hot milk along with required sugar and drink while still warm.


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    Ali mughal 5 years ago

    me 1st time see web very good information & excellent recepie gained

    i'll joining hospitality industreis & resendly completed me f&b manage,ent dip

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Excellent, authentic information with lots of intriguing and practical ideas for getting this miracle spice into the everyday diet! Voted up and useful! :)

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    Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

    I love turmeric...I have used it for many herbal things...also cooked with it today. Great Herb.

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    Kirnjot 6 years ago

    I'm 14 my mom is 42 whenever i get sick or get anything she makes me drink this awful beverage because she says it's good for you. I always beg her not to give it to me because it tastes disgusting. But she still does after i'm done drinking it it makes me puke. I hate this and wish it was never made.

  • profile image 6 years ago

    you can cut every lining of the raw green turmeric can be cultivated in june and can be harvested in the month of December.

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    pawanjeet kaur randhawa 6 years ago

    hi, nice that u try to solve problem most of women .

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    Yavist4444 6 years ago

    Haldi is best even for wounds

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    dawn deblois 6 years ago

    Thanks for the extra info. I knew tumeric was exceptional for clarity and intellect as well as for joint pain, use as a diuretic and as an anti-inflammatory. You've opened up a number of new avenues to research. I'm particularly interested in pursuing the info regarding the skin, the liver and the hormonal responses. Much appreciated.

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    apples25 7 years ago

    i had a question i have told that the fresh one is better to use than the preserved one in the package is this true or does it not matter? it does the same job??

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    Pati Abramson 8 years ago

    I have heard this author talking about both turmeric and stem cells many times on George Noory's Coast to Coast AM radio show, he is cutting edge. I believe what he says.

    Pati Abramson

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    VivienneG 8 years ago from Florida

    Hmmmm, turmeric. Reminds me of my favorite Indian food.

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the visit Britney and Rekha. As far as i know you can grow turmeric from raw turmeric which is available in the market.

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    rekhaprahalad 8 years ago

    Wow! great work Anamika. I feel lucky that i stumbled on this site. I just want to know where can we get the turmeric plants for propagation what i mean if want to raise it in my garden how or from where i can get a sapling? is it available in local nurseries or does it propagate via seeds?

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    britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

    wow really great stuff and amazing information....i heard about ayurveda i think this comes as part of it...isn't it?your hubs are very nice and they are full of rich information....thanx for sharing great thoughts and ideas....keep it up...

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    packerpack, I guess all variety of turmeric have these properties. Turmeric is said to soften the skin and also make the skin fairer. Maybe that is why there is this tradition of applying turmeric on the body. Thanks for the Visit.

    Ramlakshman, I agree with you. Thanks for visiting this Hub!

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    Ramlakshman 8 years ago

    Really a great thing you have published. nowadays chemicals have taken over our age old customs and also our purity. At least now everybody should understand our traditional and healthier ways and means.

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    Om Prakash Singh 8 years ago from India, Calcutta

    You have given some very good info. I am the kind of person who likes home remedy, that is why blog has lot of content regarding it. You have given some very good info. Great to know that you too think like I do :)

    Is it like all variety of turmeric have these properties or the one grown in India have it? I have seen in a documentary that some people also apply it as a paste on their body. Does it serve some medical purpose too?

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the comments Barin and Catherina. I am aware that turmeric is a blood purifier too.

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    healwell51 8 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

    This is good article, Anamika. At the same time the best benefits one can get through green termaric. means it is putting blood in its best form regarding the person's best possibilitis plus it heals 'Vikari Rakta' (detiriorated blood)!

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    Catherina Severin 8 years ago from Arizona, U.S.A.

    Great hub.. lots of good tips - thanks xx