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Turmeric: Multipurpose ingredient - health benefites - food coloring - medicinal properties - cosmetics .

Updated on July 15, 2014

Basics about Turmeric.

Turmeric or Haldi as it is commonly called in Indian languages belongs to ginger family.

The turmeric root is dried and powdered. It is used mostly in powder form in curries. It is orangish yellow in color and has a bitter taste as well as smell.

Raw turmeric root is also used in cooking and as cosmetic.

Turmeric is used in curry powders as a spice.

Turmeric also has exceptional medicinal uses. I have used and seen the medicinal powers of turmeric.

Turmeric is used in:

  1. Food
  2. Medicines
  3. Cosmetics
  4. Dyeing agent
  5. Gardening

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Turmeric as an ingredient used in preparation of food.

Turmeric root is dried and powdered and is used mostly in powder form.

* Turmeric powder is used in almost all the curries, Masala/spice powders, variety of rice dishes, savories, snacks. It's slight bitterness adds to taste. It also colors the food.

** Most Masala powders contain turmeric powder. These powders are used in making a variety of rice, lentils, lentil curries, vegetable curries, etc.

** Turmeric leaves are used to wrap and steam rice dumplings(sweet & savoury) in the southern part of India. It gives a unique flavour to the dumplings. It enhances the taste too.

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Turmeric, the healer.

* Turmeric powder is used to treat cough. Take 1/2 teaspoonful turmeric powder with a glass of hot milk or water in the night before bedtime. Add a little sugar if you wish.

** Turmeric is used for healing bruises, cuts, burns as it is antibacterial and antiseptic agent. Sprinkle the turmeric powder on the wound or mix it with coconut oil or ghee(clarified butter) to form a paste and apply it to the wound.

*** Turmeric powder can be used for your pets too. I used turmeric to heal my cat's wounds when he came home with a wound. I mixed the turmeric powder with a little coconut oil(you can use any edible oil) and applied it to the wound. It is ok even if the cat licks it as turmeric is good to consume too. The wound healed within a couple of days. days.

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Benefits of turmeric
Benefits of turmeric

Benefits of turmeric at a glace.

There are many benefits of turmeric whether you use it in the powder form or in the root form.

Turmeric, the beauty enhancer.

It can improve the tone of your skin.

Turmeric can not really be called a cosmetic. A cosmetic has only a temporary effect. When you wash off the cosmetic, the effects are gone. The effects of turmeric are long lasting.

* Turmeric can improve your skin, complexion when used regularly. Mix a little milk cream with a little turmeric and apply it on the face and hands. Wash off after about 15 minutes. Your skin will look soft and shining.

** Turmeric, used regularly can remove superfluous hair. In India, women use it regularly. It also makes the skin fairer.

*** In India, turmeric paste is applied to the bride and the groom for a few days before the wedding. It makes the skin glow. There is also a special ceremony before wedding in the northern part of India called 'Haldi ceremony'. If you are in india you may have seen the advertisement and the tune ' vicco turmeric, nahi cosmetic, vicco turmeric ayurvedic cream'

**** Turmeric also keeps the harmful bacteria away.

Turmeric as dyeing agent.

It is only a temparary dye.

Turmeric is used to dye a white cloth to make it yellow(for whatever purpose). But it is not a permanent dye. It fades over time. Exposed to sunlight it fades faster.

Turmeric helps in gardening.

Turmeric used to keep ants away.

* Turmeric keeps ants away. You can use it either in home or in the garden. Sprinkle a little turmeric powder or Draw a line with turmeric powder around the place from where you want to keep the ants away.

** Mix turmeric powder in water and sprinkle on the place where ants have a nest. The ants will go away.

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      3 years ago

      Does it really work well with pets wound?My cat always gets hurt very badly and comes home bleeding. Can i use turmeric and water paste to apply on his wound?

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      Gall Bladder Symptoms 

      8 years ago

      Great lens! I just wanted to add the turmeric is great medicinally for your gallbladder too! Gallbladder turmeric

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Very interesting lens. I love to cook with turmeric (and pepper to release the god stuff). I have to admit that find it amazing that turmeric can lighten skin.

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      Nayana LM 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to manila]

      Thanks Manila for your kind comment.

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      manila lm 

      9 years ago

      Hi Nayana,

      Good job on listing on all the benefits of turmeric. To treat a cough I always use turmeric in hot milk and it always works like a charm.

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      10 years ago

      Good lens. Naturally, Turmeric has more medicinal value and is being used in most of the ayurvedic medicines. Thanks for sharing the information. Please step into the blog Turmeric to surf more information about Turmeric.


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      10 years ago

      Hey Nayana,Great site I really like tumeric..Fresh I use it all the time.


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