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Facts About the Goodness of Turmeric: Description and Uses

A botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

Turmeric Plant

Turmeric Plant

Turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory ingredient in Indian and Chinese medicine since ancient times. It was traditionally known as the Indian Saffron.

Description of the Turmeric Plant

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) belongs to the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). It is grown in South and Southeast Asia.

The Turmeric plant is an upright herb. It grows to about 1m in height. Leaves are large and oblong. The flowers are yellow and white and grow on a spike-like stalk. The flowers are sterile. The turmeric plant reproduces only through rhizomes.

Ginger is a rhizome (Rhizome is the horizontal stem that can produce roots and shoots of a new plant).

A rhizome is brown and is thick and fleshy. When the rhizomes are not used fresh, they are boiled for several hours and dried in hot ovens. After this, they are ground into a fine powder – Turmeric Powder.

Turmeric Powder

Turmeric Powder

Medicinal Value of the Turmeric Plant

Turmeric is rich in antioxidant content. The source of antioxidants in turmeric is an active compound called curcuminoid. These curcuminoids deliver the all-important antioxidants.

Antioxidants help boost the immunity system in your body. They protect the cells from damage and slow down the aging process. Turmeric helps support blood and liver functions. It improves the circulation of blood throughout the body and this, in turn, promotes overall health and well-being.

Turmeric is an essential ingredient in most Ayurvedic medicines due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Many Uses of the Turmeric Plant

  • Turmeric powder is mixed with honey and applied to the face for treating acne. Both honey and turmeric have antibacterial properties that help to kill the acne-causing bacteria.
  • Turmeric powder is added to many homemade facial masks. The addition of turmeric helps to cleanse deep and rejuvenate the skin.
  • Turmeric paste is applied to the skin before having a bath once a week. It helps in rejuvenating the skin. It unclogs the pores, and deep cleanses the skin. Turmeric not only cleanses the skin but also nourishes the skin with Vitamin B6.
  • A quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder is boiled with milk and consumed to cure a sore throat.
  • Turmeric paste is applied to stretch marks on the skin a few minutes before a bath to help erase the stretch marks over a period.
  • Ayurvedic medicines use turmeric as a means for curing or relieving inflammation, cough, cold, chest congestion, healing of wounds, itching of the skin, acne, for ailments of the stomach, arthritis, etc.
  • Turmeric is also used in cooking. Turmeric powder is added to many dishes in India.
  • A pinch of turmeric powder is used to give a rich color to many curries and rice dishes. This powder is also used as a flavor enhancer in pickles, popcorn, rice dishes, and soup.
  • Turmeric is the most commonly used food dye. It is used to dye butter, cheese, milk, pickles, mustards, fruit drinks, cakes, and jelly.

Turmeric Milk

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 11, 2013:

travmaj thank you for stopping by. Turmeric is good for health and it is used internally and externally.

travmaj from australia on April 10, 2013:

How interesting - only recently someone told me that Turmeric was being used as treatment for memory loss in elderly people and with great results. Now I see it has many other uses including external disorders. Thanks for this, useful and interesting hub.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 08, 2013:

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rasta1 turmeric is very good for skin disorders too. Thank you for reading.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on April 08, 2013:

Never tried it for skin remedies. Turmeric is very popular for reducing cholesterol. I thought it was only used for internal applications.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 11, 2012:

Deepak Chaturvedi thank you. Turmeric is a wonder rhizome. Thanks for the share and vote up.

Deepak Chaturvedi from New Delhi, India on November 11, 2012:

Being an Indian I already have great info about turmeric.You gave a great info in this hubThanks to share voted up.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 11, 2012:

Jools99 it is really good. You should follow up. Thanks for stopping by.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 11, 2012:

Great hub. I took a quarter of a teaspoon if turmeric in water for a while because someone told me it would help with my back problems; I got too forgetful though and kept forgetting to take it. My sister takes it every single day and completely believes it its health benefits.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 23, 2012:

JasonL99 I have read a lot of articles but I have never kept the links, but I always google latest research on turmeric and read up.

Victoria Lynn thank you am happy my hub gives you a lot of ideas.

Jackie Lynnley turmeric is great on the skin. Thank you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 23, 2012:

Voted up, I know about turmeric and I use it, have for months now. Great info.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 23, 2012:

Great hub. I've heard a lot of great things about turmeric. This gives me more ideas!! Very useful hub!

JasonL99 on April 23, 2012:

Do you have any links to scientific articles discussing Turmeric as a topical treatment?

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 23, 2012:

sassydee thank you for stopping by and your precious vote.

teaches12345 thank you for reading and yes turmeric has many benefits.

sandrabusby thank you for reading and sharing my hub.

rahul0324 thank you for your appreciation, turmeric has great medicinal properties.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 23, 2012:

A very informative hub! I still remember how mu made me a glass of hot turmeric milk when I had a sore throat...

As you outlined.. the uses and advantages are many

Good One!

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on April 23, 2012:

I'm a great believer in tumeric. Thanks for SHARING.

Dianna Mendez on April 23, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this wonderful news on tumeric. It does have so many good benefits. Now I see why it is added to mustard, it makes sense to use it as a dye.

Delilah Adams from los angeles, ca on April 23, 2012:

voted useful

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