Turmeric is an old Indian kitchen herb with powerful curative properties. It is also called the queen of spices. It has been used in Asia for thousands of years due to its curative properties.
A city in Tamil Nadu named Erode is known as “turmeric city” or “yellow city”. It is a central place for producing coconut and turmeric. Erode stands first in comparison to other regions, in the Production and Marketing of Turmeric. From here the produced turmeric is exported worldwide.
Turmeric is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows untamed or naturally in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. In some areas where turmeric is grown locally, its leaves are used in cooking and wrapping of food, since for these purposes leaves used should be freshly plucked. These leaves impart a unique aroma.
Turmeric is used in almost all Indian dishes. It is rich in protein, dietary fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Benefits of turmeric
> It is a natural antiseptic & antibacterial means helpful in disinfecting cuts & burns or injury.
> Turmeric is a natural pain killer.
> Drinking turmeric with milk can help alleviate menstrual cramps. It is well-known to have an antispasmodic effect and calcium easing naturally menstrual pain and cramps.
> Take a glass of milk. Add a nip of turmeric powder and sugar in it. Then boil it at low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then leave it to cool down for some time, then drink when little warm.
> Turmeric with milk is one of the best remedy for cold and cough because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It gives immediate relief to cough, sore throat and cold.
> Turmeric with milk is also a natural blood purifier that boosts liver function. The presence of several essential nutrients in milk boosts blood circulation and the antioxidants in turmeric help in cleansing the lymphatic system, thus improving the purification process.
> When turmeric is combined with cauliflower it inhibits prostate cancer, stop existing prostate cancer and even kill the cancer cell. Due to energetic components in turmeric, it is one of the best protectors contrary to radiation induced tumours.
> Prevent & slow down the growth of Alzheimer’s disease by removing cognitive disorders building in brain. Turmeric supports brain health by helping in the expulsion of plaque build-up in the brain and recovering the flow of oxygen.
> Because of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property, turmeric with milk is useful in Arthritis. It also assists in making the muscles and joints resilient by reducing the pain.
> Turmeric is also used in beauty products. Its paste is also used in weddings (as haldi) for glowing skin. It also helps in the curing inflammatory skin situation, pimples.
> For swelling, make a paste of turmeric and olive oil and apply it on swelling. The swelling will reduce due to its antiseptic and pain relieving properties.
> Turmeric milk helps in increasing the flow of bile, which in turn helps in the breakdown of dietary fat. This will help in controlling the weight.
> It also helps in healthier digestion and prevents indigestion and diarrhea.
Some side effects
Turmeric have some side effects as follows
1. People having turmeric sensitivity can suffer from mild stomach distress or diarrhea.
2. During or after surgery, consumption of turmeric can slow blood clotting and can result in extra bleeding.
3. Pregnant woman should use turmeric with caution.
4. Turmeric can cause gall bladder problems.
5. People suffering from gallstones & bile obstruction should not use turmeric.