Turmeric is one of the most vital spice components for an Indian kitchen since ancient times. Today it is used in kitchens around the globe. Over the years, global communication has grown, and people all around the world study and cook various Indian, Malaysian, and Thai recipes, and have also learnt much about its remedial properties. Turmeric spice is well known to possess both healing & remedial values. The primary active ingredient in turmeric is known as curcumin, and is one of the most potent anti-cancer nutrients in existence.
Whole turmeric is also used in Holi Puja (a religious ritual performed on various occasions in the Hindu religion around the world) as an offering to various deities, distinguished persons or special guests. It symbolises a representation of purified thoughts that should adorn the mind.
Uses & some known remedies for Turmeric spice:
The most common use for turmeric is as a refreshing addition to food, giving it a pleasant golden colour and aroma. Commonly used in curries, it can also be used as seasoning for almost any food. It is spicy and gives a warming feeling on the palate.
Doctors of Ayurveda have identified the virtues of turmeric as a treatment for stomach pain and also as an energizer and blood purifier. It is anti-inflammatory, reduces blood cholesterol levels, increases bile secretion, protects against cataract formation and also has anti-cancer properties.
Turmeric helps with the skin as well. It softens the skin and gives a wonderful glow. Due to its antibiotic and remedial powders, it also cures pimples and acne.
Turmeric helps purify the blood. It stimulates the liver, increases formation of red blood cells and causes wounds to heal faster.
The juice of fresh turmeric can be extracted and the diluted juice can be taken daily. Turmeric oil can be prepared by mixing the spice with regular oil such as almond oil, and setting it aside for a few days. This oil is known to be beneficial and can either be consumed or applied topically.
Turmeric mixed with honey is useful in curing all types of internal wounds. It is most commonly used for sore throat. Turmeric can also be added to warm milk and drunk as a calmative and disinfectant.
Overall, Turmeric spice in its natural form is a great rejuvenating agent for the body.