Benefits of Turmeric

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric (scientific name: Curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, native to tropical South Asia. There are several uses of Turmeric in different areas like medicine, beauty as well as cooking! 

Benefits of Turmeric - Medicinal Uses

  • Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and hence is used regularly as a disinfectant for cuts and burns.
  • Turmeric is also known for its use as an expectorant for cough. Turmeric powder dissolved in warm milk is a well-known remedy for cough.
  • Turmeric is said to have the ability to clear phlegm and reduce spasms of asthma and is hence used as a medicine for asthmatics.
  • Turmeric powder combined with caraway seeds or bishop's weed makes an effective cure for common cold.
  • Turmeric is also used to cure stomach disorders. Turmeric is mixed with buttermilk or diluted yogurt as a cure for stomach disorders.
  • Turmeric paste is also known to have a rejuvenating effect on the liver.
  • Raw turmeric rhizome juice is an effective remedy for expelling intestinal worms.
  • Turmeric is also being investigated for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Read more information about .

Benefits of Turmeric - Uses in Cooking

  • Turmeric is widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. It not only adds color but also adds a distinct taste to the food.
  • In non-Indian recipes, turmeric is sometimes used as a coloring agent.
  • In combination with annatto, turmeric has been used to color cheeses, yogurt, salad dressings, winter butter and margarine as well.

Benefits of Turmeric - Beauty and Skincare uses

  • Turmeric has several uses in health and beauty sections. Read about 
  • Turmeric is a very effective remedy for skin disorders like spots, acne, dryness or discoloration.
  • Turmeric is often used in combination with sandalwood, and milk as a rejuvenating face pack that helps to improve the complexion when used regularly.
  • Turmeric is also used in production of several sunscreen lotions as well as herbal bleaching products.


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