Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Medicinal Kitchen Cabinet - Turmeric

This condiment is seen in all the households because of its many attributes. Most of the Indian preparations use turmeric in almost all the dishes for flavour and colour.

Turmeric is a root of the Curcuma Long plant and has a brown skin and orange inside. This plant thrives on tropical areas with hot and moist climate. This has long stem with beautiful long leaves and each plant carries many tubers with turmeric roots. Fresh turmeric is easy to cut through, but when cured and dried up, it becomes very hard like a stick. This is ground to make the fine Turmeric powder. Turmeric is also called 'Poor man's saffron' as it is easily available over the counter and not costly unlike saffron.

Powder turmeric when mixed in hot milk and taken at bedtime will relieve the nagging dry cough. When applied to the skin daily, it brings out the glow and clears the skin of blemishes and pimples. Powder turmeric paste mixed either with water or curds applied to wounds acts as an antiseptic and also cures eczema scars. It is also cited as a remedy for liver disease caused by Jaundice.

Turmeric is used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine to cure inflammation and treat skin disorders. A thick paste when applied to a bleeding wound immediately stops and clots the blood. If applied on the wounds or warts and tied with a bandage heals the wound and removes the warts. It also acts as an effective burn ointment.

Turmeric is used in Indian weddings as customary. Traditional paste of turmeric is applied to the hands and feet of the bride and the groom ahead of the wedding.

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