Turmeric’s scientific name is Curcuma Longa. Turmeric is a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, traditional medicine, Unani, and the animistic rituals of Austronesian people and has been used in Asia for thousands of years. From India, it spread to Southeast Asia along with Hinduism and Buddhism, as a yellow dye is used to color the robes of monks and priests. Turmeric also spread westwards where was noted as a dye plant by the Assyrians in the 6th century BC. In medieval Europe, turmeric was called “Indian Saffron”. In India, a turmeric leaf is used to prepare special sweet dishes, potatoes by layering rice flour and coconut-jaggery mixture on the leaf, then closing and steaming it in a special utensil.
The greatest diversity of Curcuma species by number alone is in India, at around 40-45 species. Various species currently utilized and sold as turmeric in another part of Asia have been shown to belong to several physically similar taxa with overlapping local names. It’s is used mostly in savory dishes, but also is used in some sweet dishes, such as the cake soul.
Turmeric is a herb. It is used prominently as spices. In Hinduism, turmeric is used in worship or while doing any auspicious work. Apart from eating, turmeric is also used in the prevention of many diseases. At present, research is being done on the properties of turmeric all over the world and much research confirms the properties mentioned in Ayurveda.
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease Alzheimer’s, and cancer. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF PLANT
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial herb, closely related to ginger. Turmeric does not have the typical tiny seeds that you imagine for most plants. A piece of the root system called rhizomes is planted, which in turn produce above-ground foliage as well as more, larger rhizomes in the soil below. Turmeric plants require temperatures between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Turmeric plants it’s easy to grow if you have a sunny spot to put a large pot or plant and regular water.
Your turmeric is ready to harvest when the leaves and stem start to turn brown and dry, about seven to ten months after planting. While you can grow turmeric from grocery store purchased roots it can be difficult because these rhizomes may have been treated with a growth inhibitor to prevent them from sprouting in the store.
HOW TO USE TURMERIC
Before drying the turmeric rhizomes have to be cured. This involves boiling the root to soften them and remove the raw odor. After curing the starch is gelatinized, which reduces the drying time required and the color is uniformly distributed throughout the rhizomes. Fresh turmeric should be peeled with a paring knife, vegetable peeler, or spoon( as you do with ginger) and then prepared as desired. However, for a short duration of time may increase its health benefits by making the curcuminoids more readily absorbed by the body. When used in cooking just consumed along with warm water you may find it more effective and beneficial than turmeric powder. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in Indian curry as well.
BENEFIT FOR HEALTH
Turmeric not only enhances the taste and color of food, but it also protects it from many diseases. Turmeric has been used as an herb since ancient times. There is a detailed mention of the benefits of turmeric in Ayurveda.
Benefit for Eyes Diseases
It is beneficial to use turmeric in pain in the eyes of any kind of infection. Boil 1 gram turmeric with 25 ml water and filter it. After filtering, putting it in the eyes repeatedly provides relief from eye pain. Even with conjunctivitis, you can get rest with the help of this home remedy.
Benefit for Throat Problems
Pain or irritation in the throat can occur in infections such as cold and flu. If you have pain in your sore throat, take 2-5 grams powder of celery, turmeric, extracts, and Chitral with one spoon of honey, and drink it will help to cure throat soreness.
Benefits to get relief from Stomach
Abdominal pain includes indigestion after eating, gallbladder inflammation, pregnancy, gas, appendicitis, ulcer, gastritis, etc. Taking turmeric provides relief from pain quickly, even in stomach pain. Boil 10 grams of turmeric in 250 ml of water. When you have stomach pain, drink it with jaggery after mixing it.
A benefit to improve immunity
Turmeric powder can boost your immunity it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal which helps to improve the immune system in human its also reduce catching flu. Take a teaspoon of the powder in a glass of warm milk daily two times morning and night it will help to boost your immunity.
A benefit to curing Jaundice
Jaundice is a problem which, if not treated on time, later turns into a very serious problem. This problem is more common in young children. In the case of jaundice, mixing 6 grams of turmeric powder in a bowl add 50gm of curd, and taking it twice a day provides relief from jaundice in 4-5 days.
Benefit for Cough
When your airways become clogged with mucus or foreign particles such as smoke or dust. Toast the turmeric and make powder. Mixing 1-2 grams of turmeric powder with honey or ghee and eating it provides relief from cough.
Benefits in Diabetes
Curcumin reduces inflammation and oxidation has been found in turmeric powder. Mixing Amla juice and honey in 2 to 5 grams of turmeric powder and eating it in the morning and evening is beneficial for diabetes patients. If it’s not a cure then consult a health professional for advice.
Benefit for Leucorrhea
Leucorrhea is the symptoms of the disease are excessive vaginal discharge, pain in the thighs and burning micturition’s, etc. A simple home remedy just mixing an equal quantity of turmeric powder and Guggul powder, taking 2-5 grams in the morning and evening is beneficial in leucorrhea.
The benefit to boost Brain
It works to reduce Alzheimer’s diseases and inflammation to the build-up of protein plague in the brain. Eating turmeric was effective as an anti-depressant to treat depressed people and also increases boosting levels in the brain. Neurotrophic factors improve brain function and cure the risk of brain disease and boost the brain.
Benefit for Skin Diseases
Skin diseases can be caused by irritants, genetic makeup, certain diseases, and immunity system problem or allergies. For this, mix 2-5 grams turmeric powder and mix with aloe vera juice and apply on the skin, it will help you to reduce skin diseases.
Benefit for Wound Healing
Turmeric can be used for cuts, burn, and infections to get relief and heal faster. It has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties which help you to heal your all types of wound quickly.
Benefit in Breast diseases
Breast diseases can be caused by hormonal fluctuation during the menstrual cycle. It may also cause swelling, redness or flaky skin, itchiness, and soreness. Turmeric is also beneficial in breast-related problems. Grinding turmeric and Lodhra in water and applying it on the breasts is beneficial in diseases related to the breast.
Benefit for Anemia
Anemia conditions have also been seen to have benefited from turmeric. According to research, turmeric is beneficial in anemia due to being anti-oxidant and hepato-protective, and according to Ayurveda, turmeric is beneficial in the condition of anemia and helps in increasing the blood.
Taking more than the required turmeric may cause side effects and increased stomach acidity, which can cause ulcers and blood-thinning effect. So use the turmeric in limited requirement.
TURMERIC USE IN HINDUS VEDIC CULTURE
In North India, turmeric is commonly called “Haldi” a word derived from the Sanskrit word “Haridra” and in the south, it’s called Manjal a word that is frequently used in ancient Tamil literature. Many South Asian countries use it as an antiseptic for cuts, burn, and bruises.
Turmeric is regarded as extremely auspicious in Hindu culture and is used as a holy entity in many Indian rituals and prayers. Thus magical spice enjoys a special significance in Vedic astrology said to possess multitudinous astrological power.
Haldi is known to purity antiseptic and cleanses the body of the couples who entering into holy matrimony. Haldi believed to protect the bride and the groom from any bad omen that might harm them before they get married.
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