The people in ancient times definitely knew the healing power of the herb turmeric.
For many years, it was used in both Chinese and India’s Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and cleanse the body.
Today, Western health practitioners are beginning to take notice of the positive effects it has on the human body.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa L), is a relative of the ginger family.
This herb is native to India; it has many rhizomes on its root system; this is the source of the culinary spice known as turmeric.
It is commonly used as a food colouring for curry and as a preservative for food.
Turmeric has also been used as a dye for clothing and it has also been used as a cosmetic.
In the medicinal aspect, it is used to treat numerous ailments, such as: skin problems, arthritis, muscular problems and stomach ache.
The Chinese utilized it as a remedy for chest pain, a topical analgesic, as a remedy for colic, to combat ringworm, also as a curing agent for hepatitis and to help relieve depression.
Turmeric is an antiseptic; it can be used externally to disinfect cuts, bruises and burns.
Curcumin, the main active constituent in turmeric, can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (I sure LOVE the sound of that)!
I think that it would be a great idea to have this herb around as there are many benefits to its name.
If you don’t have turmeric at home, you may want to add it to your shopping list for future purchase.