Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011

Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye. Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, It is native to tropical South Asia

Erode, a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's largest producer and most important trading center of turmeric in Asia. For these reasons, Erode in history is also known as "Yellow City.

Turmeric figures prominently in the bridal beautification ceremonies of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

Turmeric is considered highly auspicious in India and has been used extensively in various Indian ceremonies for millennia. Even today it is used in every part of India during wedding ceremonies and religious ceremonies.

During the south Indian festival Pongal, a whole turmeric plant with fresh rhizomes is offered as a thanksgiving offering to Surya the sun God.

in Ayurvedic practices, turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent and remedy for gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.

Bodies responding to seasonal changes with the flu, coughs, and running noses, are immediately administered with honey mixed with turmeric, or turmeric mixed in milk

Raw turmeric strengthens cartilage and bone structure.

It is traditionally taken in warm milk at night before sleep.

Some may use turmeric in skin creams as an antiseptic agent for cuts, burns and bruises.

It is popular as a tea in Okinawa, Japan.

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer ( still experiment is going on)

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes.

Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction.

Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric
can be a uterine stimulant.

People with serious liver or heart conditions should also consult with a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

Turmeric Stains on Clothing

If turmeric stains your clothing, treat the spot as quickly as possible. Start by rinsing the stained area with water and then apply liquid dish soap to the stain and let it sit for half an hour. Next, rinse the stain and then apply a little bit of white vinegar to help get rid of the residual color.

Turmeric Stains on Skin
If you get turmeric on your skin, either by accident or because you're using turmeric as a skin treatment, try rubbing an oil such as olive oil or castor oil into the skin and rubbing it with a warm cloth.

One way to reap the health benefits of turmeric is to drink turmeric tea.

Turmeric tea

4 cups water
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
lemon (optional)
honey (optional)

Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and add ground turmeric. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain into a mug using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

Add honey and/or lemon to taste.


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