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Turmeric - The Magical Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Spice

Updated on October 6, 2014

The History of Turmeric

You'll find that tumeric has been around for many years and used medicinally for thousands of years. Although today we know that it is produced in Southeast Asia, it actually was in China hundreds of years ago. It was spread across to the Easter islands as well as the Polynesian islands. It also was used in India, has a name in Sanskrit, and was even the Vedas mentions turmeric as well.

For years in Ayurvedic medicine, it was believed that there were many medicinal properties to turmeric and records that are up to 4,000 years old show that the Chinese and Indians were using it orally to help treat a variety of medical problems, including digestive problems, nausea, and pain in the stomach.

About the Color


If you take a look at turmeric, you will find that it has a very bright yellow color because of a special chemical curcumin. This means that not only is it a great spice, but it is also a great dye as well. In fact, it is actually used to give mustered the bright yellow color that it has.

The Components of Turmeric

You'll find that there are a variety of different components in turmeric, including antioxidants and anti inflammatory components, which means that it is one of the best antiseptics that you'll ever find. Also, it is excellent for treating various inflammatory problems as well.

Medicinal Uses for Turmeric

There are a variety of medicinal uses for turmeric, and some have been used for generations while others are just being discovered. The following are some of the main uses for turmeric today.

- Antioxidant - First of all, you'll find that one of the main uses of this wonderful spice is as an antioxidant. It includes a substance that is thought to help cells from being damaged by oxidation, which can lead to tissue damage and immune system problems. The antioxidants that are included in this spice help to protect that liver, kidneys, and brain, and newer studies are also showing that there may be anticancer properties as well.

- Treating Skin Problems - Turmeric is also very helpful for treating a variety of different skin problems. It can help to treat acne problems, psoriasis, cuts, diaper rash, and other rashes as well. Making a paste or ointment from the turmeric is a great way to treat these skin problems and it can be applied directly to the skin.

- Pain Relief - You will also find that turmeric is also used for pain relief. Turmeric essential oil is often used to help relieve inflammation and pain and it also helps to treat arthritis by taking away joint inflammation. Also, it is used to help get rid of pain associated with menses, stomach pain, and even chest pain as well.

- Expectorant - For children, turmeric is often used as a great expectorant for children who often cough. Often it is dissolved into milk and then given to children who are coughing from bronchitis or even asthma. It can be combined with other herbs as well to be used as a children's cure for colds.

- Respiratory Treatment - Turmeric can be used as a respiratory treatment as well. For those who have chronic bronchitis, asthma, or some other type of respiratory problems, this can be an effective treatment.

- Treating Stomach Disorders - Stomach disorders can also be treated by turmeric. It is very helpful for helping to get rid of stomach problems and it is great for the liver as well. It can also help to get rid of worms in the intestines.

Taking Turmeric

There are a variety of different ways that you can take turmeric medicinally. Of course you can use it in cooking, but if you want to treat a medical problem, you'll need to take it on a regular basis. If you are trying to use turmeric to treat inflammation problems of the skin, eyes, or joints, you will want to take about 3-5 grams 2-3 times each day. Usually it is better to take oils or powdered turmeric rather than taking it in a tea, since all the chemicals that you need from the turmeric will not totally dissolve in the warm water, meaning that you won't get all the help you need from a tea. Many people tend to use the essential extracted oils form turmeric for their problems, which is very effective. The oil can be used internally in some cases, and the essential oil can be diluted with carrier oils to be used on your skin.

As you can see, turmeric definitely is a top spice that is so much more than an ingredient that can be used in cooking. It provides many great health benefits and can be used to treat a variety of problems. Studies are continuing to show what an amazing spice turmeric is and scientists are coming up with even more uses medicinally for this spice.

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    revolving spice rack 

    9 years ago

    Nice post! A collection of spices, i practically like turmeric because of its herbal benefits!.


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