Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous plant of the family of Ginger. In India turmeric is well known as Haldi or Haridra. It is the most important ingredient of the Indian cuisine. It gives a beautiful yellow color to food items. Turmeric is also known as Indian Saffron. Turmeric is the native plant of tropical South Asia. Due to its amazing healing capacity, herbalists have been using turmeric to cure damaged skin since ancient times.
According to them, Arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, depression, liver problems and even many types of cancer can be treated with it to variable extent. Turmeric is also effective in treating patients of weak stomach, poor digestion and dyspepsia. In case of internal injuries, herbalists suggest drinking hot Milk by adding turmeric in it for quick relief from pain. You can use turmeric leaves for medicinal use as a paste, as juice or by adding it in your cooking ingredients.
In some areas of south India, people use turmeric to dye clothes but it is a poor form of dye. Some people use turmeric as an alternative to Saffron because saffron is very expensive and turmeric is in the reach of common man. Curcumin is an active ingredient of turmeric, which gives it a bitter taste. Turmeric is bitter to some extent, a little hot peppery and markedly earthy. The leaves of turmeric can be used fresh or you can preserve them after boiling the leaves. For this you can dry the boiled leaves in sun or in hot oven.
Though turmeric is the native of southern Asia, India is its largest producer in the world. Erode also called Yellow City is the center of production of high quality turmeric. It lies in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Erode is also known as Turmeric city. In Tamil language turmeric is known as Manjal. Due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, turmeric is beneficial for treating different kinds of diseases ranging from minor cuts and burns to deadly diseases like cancer and Alzheimer.
Turmeric is also effective in preventing diverse types of cancers. Prostate cancer that only targets men can also be prevented by the use of turmeric along with cauliflower. By using turmeric with cauliflower one can also stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. It is also used by herbalists to cure breast cancer. It is also beneficial for treating leukemia that affects children.
Turmeric also puts a stop to the progression of Alzheimer disease and eliminates amyloidal plaque increase in the brain. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make it beneficial for the patients of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis without danger of any side effects. It is also suggested to parents that turmeric milk should be given to children during exam days for sharpening their memory. Turmeric also helps children in shedding away depression. You can also add some dipped almonds in turmeric milk. Turmeric also acts as a liver detoxifier. It helps in controlling the weight of the body and keeps it in right proportion.
Turmeric is the best beauty paste for skin. It gives a shiny look to skin. You can use turmeric with chickpea flour (Basin) to clean your body. It also helps in curing itching and psoriasis.