Turmeric (Binomial Name: Curcuma longa)

October 11, 2014



Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. In Tamil Language it is known as Kasturi Manjal or just Manjal, the use of turmeric dates back nearly 3000 years to the ancient Vedic culture of India and is a major part of siddha medicine. It was first used as a dye and then later for its medicinal properties. It has been used as important spice, beauty products and in spiritual ceremonies.


Turmeric is one of the healthiest spices you can eat. Turmeric powders are widely available in spice sections of grocery stores and may offer the same health benefits as fresh. It is an essential ingredient in various Indian, Thai food preparations for taste and colouring. Almost all Indian vegetable and meat dishes use turmeric either as separate spice or in the spice mixture. A small pinch of turmeric powder would add an orange-yellow hue to salad dressings.


Turmeric is the spice that Ignites Your Body's Astonishing Immune System. It promotes health and wellbeing in your entire body, not just in a particular area.  It is stronger than vitamin E and stronger than vitamin C, this 'antioxidant breakthrough' may help boost your immunity, maintain normal cholesterol levels, and put the brakes on aging.


Some of the many benefits of turmeric include:


  • Easing arthritis symptoms

  • Reducing inflammation of the gums

  • Soothing an upset stomach

  • Reduced risk of prostate cancer.

  • Healthy Heart

  • Therapeutic effect on Crohn’s disease

  • Can ease symptoms of depression

  • May help lower cholesterol

  • When applied topically, can help with acne and other inflammatory skin conditions

  • Balancing blood sugar levels, a great benefit for those with diabetes Type 2

  • Can relieve headaches

  • Can aid in liver detox

  • Immune System Booster

  • Can help lower blood pressure

  • Can lower colon cancer risk

  • Can lower levels of cortisol, great for those who have trouble losing weight due to high stress levels

  • Can act as an antibacterial when applied directly to the skin

  • Can help empty the gallbladder, helpful for those with afflicted gallbladders


Storage Method:


  • Turmeric Powder should be stored in a cool, dry place protected from light.

  • Too much heat will volatilize and dissipate its aromatic essential oil

  • High humidity will cause it to cake.

  • Sunlight will cause it to fade.

  • Tightly close containers after each use.

  • Open to air for long time will cause flavor and aroma loss. 


The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.

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