Turmeric is terrific!
Turmeric is a perennial plant native to southwest India. A member of the ginger family, turmeric is cultivated most commonly for it’s rhizomes. The rhizomes are boiled, dried and ground to produce a fine orange-yellow powder. That powder is how most people consume turmeric, especially in America. The spice is commonly used in Indian cuisine, especially in curries. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin B1, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and other vital nutrients and minerals. Aside from it’s culinary applications, turmeric has many holistic health benefits. Turmeric is used heavily in Siddha medicine — a traditional medicine system related to Hinduism.
Let’s explore a few ways that people use turmeric to improve their lives.
Digestive and Respiratory Problems
Turmeric extract has been used to treat digestive tract problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, for centuries. This long used treatment was proven effective during studies among otherwise healthy results. The turmeric extract improved symptoms. The plant has also been used to treat respiratory issues. The essential oil can relief coughs, reducing wheezing and even treat asthma.
The most important active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is what creates the earthy, peppery flavor and smell, as well as it’s yellow color. Under clinical settings, curcumin has been observed to reduce post-surgery inflammation. Turmeric has also been recommended by medical professionals to treat sports injuries. The discomfort of back pain, sports injuries or whiplash is caused by inflammation, which turmeric is known to do.
Another great benefit of turmeric is it’s ability to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, brighten skin, and treat acne. Turmeric can be applied topically to the face and neck as a mask. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are compounded by it’s anti-bacterial and antioxidant qualities.
These are just a few of the ways people use turmeric to improve their health. With so many applications, it’s no surprise that turmeric has been used medicinally for so long.