Turmeric or haldi, also known a Curcuma Longa, is often referred to as the “Queen of Spices”. It is the spice that gives curry it’s yellow colour and it is a must on every Indian kitchen shelf. Turmeric is one of the most powerful herb on this planet with its strong medicinal properties which can treat everyday problems such as indigestion, flatulence and more serious problems such as arthritis or liver disorders.
Turmeric is loaded with dietary fiber and niacin. It also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family, has extensive anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties and it is also used in the kitchen to cure various ailments.
Here are a few amazing health benefits of turmeric:
1 . Relieves Cough And Cold
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal in nature. It also boosts the immune system due to the compound lipo-polysaccharide present in it. Regular use of turmeric will keep common cold, cough and fever away. It is 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E and C, this antioxidant helps boost immunity.
-Tea made of 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric simmered in 2 cups of water for 5 mins will take care of the niggling dry cough.
-1 teaspoon of turmeric mixed in a glass of warm milk will take care of a running nose.
-For a bad sinus attack, mix half tsp. of turmeric powder along with 1 lemon and honey in warm water to create a smoothie. A marked improvement is noticed within 3 days if one has it at least once a day.
2 . Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Turmeric reduces LDL in the blood stream, it dissolves clots, & reduces arterial plaque. The anti-oxidants in turmeric also help slow down ageing and combat the ill effects of free radicals.
-Add a pinch of pepper, when using turmeric in any preparation, piperine present in pepper increases the amount of Curcumin that is assimilated by the body.
3 . Heals Wounds And Cuts
Turmeric is as potent an anti-inflammatory as any allopathic pill available in the market today. The active ingredient Curcumin present in Turmeric, extends its anti-inflammatory properties at a cellular level and helps the body to fight pain. It is also anti-septic in nature which aids the healing process.
-A sure shot cure for cuts, wounds and skin infections is to boil a cup of flaxseed oil with a thinly sliced onion. Remove the onion when it turns dark brown and in its place add 2 tbsp. of turmeric powder.
-When the oil is comfortably cool, apply it on the affected part with a cotton swab 3 times a day till the wound heals.
-Rest of the oil can be stored in an airtight container. A cotton fabric dipped in the oil and secured in place overnight can also heal fractures and sprains.
4 . Relieves Joint Pains
Turmeric reduces aches and pains of arthritis and stiffness of joints. It also soothes irritated tissues & muscles, providing immense relief to those prone to seasonal aches and pains. In fact studies have shown that turmeric considerably inhibits inflammatory enzymes and helps more than over the counter pain killers.
-Start the day with a mix of 2 pinches of turmeric powder with a glass of water.
-You could also try it with bit of honey mixed in the powder.
5 . Reduces Blemishes And Pigmentation
Turmeric has been used by brides to be, before their special day for centuries. The anti -bacterial properties of turmeric help banish blemishes.
-Face pack made using turmeric and milk cream (malai) helps clear blemishes and pigmentation, improves skin texture and imparts a glow to the face.
Our traditional ‘haldi wala doodh’ has caught on the fancy of the west with ‘turmeric latte’ being sold in cafes from Sydney to San Francisco and the drink is gaining fans in the UK as well ! Our humble spice is now a delicacy. So, go ahead and use turmeric as a natural healing remedy and reap the countless health benefits that it has to offer. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy with 1mg, India’s Best online pharmacy!