Since, ages, Turmeric (‘Haldi ‘ or ‘Haridra’ in Hindi) is used in India as a common spice for both cooking, medical as well as cosmetic purposes. A blood purifier, wound cleanser and a beautifying agent, Turmeric is something that an Indian household is incomplete without....



Biologically speaking, it is the rhizome of the plant curuma longa and its major chemical constituent is known as curucim. It belongs to Zingiberacae Family and is a perennial plant that grows 3 to 5 feet high in the tropical regions. In India it is grown allover but specially in Bengal, Bombay and in Tamilnadu .

Nutrients in Turmeric:

Turmeric contains volatile oils, vitamin A, protein, minerals and an overwhelming amount of carbohydrates.

Various Names of Turmeric:

  • Haridra – enhancer of body complexion.
  • Kanchani – looks like gold .
  • Nisha – imparts beauty by enhancing complexion which is as beautiful as full moon night
  • Gowri – yellow in color
  • Krimighni – works as a Antibacterial and antihelmenthic.
  • Yoshit priya – used in Gynecological disorders.

According to all types of medical sciences (Alopathic, Ayurvedic etc), Turmeric possesses Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-Arthritic, Anti-hepatotoxic, and Anti-allergic properties. Ancient Indian sages and Ayurveda experts have also talked about Turmeric being extremely good for skin related problems, a Blood Purifier, Wound Cleanser and a general Healer.

Several reports and research studies allover the world, suggest that the regular use of Turmeric also helps in preventing Cancer may it be the countering of initiation, promotion and progression of the disease or of increasing the immunity by enhancing natural anti-oxidant functions of the body.

Turmeric is also known as a household beauty aid. As a constituent of “ubtans”, it enhances glow on the face and is a trusted medicine to treat blemishes, pimples and non-specific skin allergies and inflammations.

Some of the common household remedies that make use of Turmeric:

* As household first aid, the turmeric powder is applied on cuts and bruises. It works as an excellent antibiotic.

Mixed and crushed with the same amount of dried amla and sugar, half a teaspoonful of this combination, if taken with water two times a day, boosts body immunity and can be given along with any other therapy to treat stubborn skin ailments. 

* Apply a poultice of the turmeric paste with ghee or sesame oil, when bearably hot. It is an effective remedy for sprains, wounds and inflammed joints.

* Turmeric is an important ingredient in herbal cosmetics. Used in ubtans or face packs, it helps improve the complexion. Its powder with an equal quantity of powders of white sandal, orange peel, majeeth and rose leaves is an effective paste to cure blemishes and pimples.

* Make a powder of equal amounts of turmeric, amla and sugar. Take one gram of it twice a day for a couple of weeks. It is a tried medicine in conditions involving chronic pruritis and urticaria.

* Persons responding to seasonal changes with flu, coughs and running nose are adviced honey mixed with turmeric or milk boiled with a little of turmeric.

General Effects of Turmeric:

On Liver

Ayurveda has recommended this golden herb to purify blood and prevent it from clotting. It is extensively used to protect liver from toxins and microbial. Turmeric increases the secretion of bile, promotes free flow of bile. This herb can be used to overcome toxic effects of alcohol on liver. This reduces cholesterol and protects heart.

Use of ½  tea spoon  of turmeric with warm water rejuvenates the liver and expels toxins out of it.

On respiratory system

Turmeric is very effective in bronchitis, productive cough and asthma.

One spoon of turmeric boiled in milk should be consumed with a spoon of pure ghee in conditions like bronchitis, asthma and productive cough. This gives very good relief and expectorates excessively produced mucous in lungs.

On ageing—

The antioxidant properties of turmeric give us young looks and make us to feel young. It reduces inflammation in joints, protects the heart, reduces cholesterol and keeps us very healthy.

On Diabetes

It is widely used in ayurvedic preparations for diabetes. It lowers the blood sugar and increases glucose metabolism.

On Uterus

It initiates regular menstrual cycle and reduces menstrual cramps.

On skin

Blood nourishes the skin and it is known fact that pure blood always keeps the skin glowing and radiant. Turmeric purifies blood, nourishes skin and gives it a healthy natural glow and radiance.

A traditional face pack of India consists of gram flour, pure turmeric powder, milk and honey. This reduces inflammation of skin, smoothens it and prevents many skin ailments.

On Stomach and Intestines

Turmeric enhances digestion, normalizes metabolism and expels intestinal parasites
On Wounds

Turmeric accelerates healing process and readily reduces pain and inflammation. Thick Paste of turmeric applied on wounds acts as an excellent antibiotic and anti inflammatory.

On Yogis

Turmeric purifies and cleans the body. It is a tailor made herb for yogis. It increases the flexibility of muscles, reduces inflammation in muscles and joints and helps to perform yoga with confidence and delight.

Caution: Since many of the herbs also have their contra-indications, an over-dose of turmeric, instead of protecting the digestive tract, can enhance acidity. Though turmeric gives all its routine benefits when used as a kitchen spice, its per day medicinal dose is one to three gm in two or three divided doses. Turmeric should not be taken singularly by those who are suffering from gall stones or the obstruction of the bile passage. Similarly, it should also be used carefully where the patient is taking any other medicine which acts as a blood thinner agent or delays its coagulation.

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