Turmeric is a spice made from grinding the roots of the Curcuma longa plant, also called curcumin. It is a prime ingredient in curry powder and figures heavily in Asian cuisines. Because it imparts a vivid yellow color to the food it is cooked with, it is often used to color as well as flavor condiments, rice dishes and sauces. Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin. It is thought to be an anti-inflammatory, as well as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that are thought to help prevent aging by inhibiting the breakdown of cells by oxidation.
Turmeric benefits can be seen in many ways as some of them are seen below all which are common and some even domestic.
1) Kitchen Use
Turmeric is used as coloring agent. It is used to color as well as flavor prepared pickles, relish, chutneys and rice dishes. Turmeric is combined with almost every dish in India. It is also combined in rice dishes. It is a very important ingredient of curry powders. It is also used in stews and curries.
2) Medicinal use
WOUND, BRUISES and SPRAIN:
Apply bit of turmeric on cuts and scrapes after washing them with cold water.
Take 1 tsp turmeric powder with hot milk.
Make a bandage of the following things and apply on the wound: mix 4 tsp flour, 2 tsp turmeric powder, 1tsp pure ghee, 1/2 tsp sendha namak (non refined salt) with water.
Take 500ml of water and boil it with 1 tsp sendha namak and 1 tsp turmeric powder. Give fomentation to the bruised part with a cloth soaked in this water. This will help get rid of pain and swelling in that region.
Dusting turmeric powder on wounds also helps in relieving the pain and swelling.
Apply the paste of turmeric and sesame oil on body to prevent eruptions.