Home Remedies with Turmeric.Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a leafy plant in the ginger family. The root, or rhizome, has a tough brown skin and bright orange flesh.The spice is also sometimes called ‘Indian saffron’ thanks to its brilliant yellow colour. Indian turmeric has been known to the world since ancient times. Several unique properties of Indian turmeric make it the ideal choice as a food flavour, an effective ingredient in medicines and cosmetics, and as a natural colourant. With its rich curcumin content, which imparts the distinctive yellow colour, and other inherent qualities, Indian turmeric is considered the best in the world. India is today the largest exporter of turmeric to discerning countries like the Middle East, the UK, USA and Japan. Some of the well-accepted varieties are: ‘Alleppey Finger’ and ‘Erode turmeric’ (from Tamil Nadu), ‘Rajapore’ and ‘Sangli turmeric’ (from Maharashtra) and ‘Nizamabad Bulb’ (from Andhra Pradesh). India also exports turmeric in powder form and asoleoresin.
HISTORY/REGION OF ORIGIN
Turmeric, with its brilliant yellow color, has been used as a dye, medicine, and flavoring since 600 BC. In 1280, Marco Polo described Turmeric as “a vegetable with the properties of saffron, yet it is not really saffron.” Turmeric has been used medicinally throughout Asia to treat stomach and liver ailments. It also was used externally, to heal sores, and as a cosmetic.
QUALITIES OF ‘OLENA OR TURMERIC:
ENERGY: Heating, (KV-Po).
TASTES: Bitter, Astringent, Pungent.
PROPERTIES: Acrid, Bitter, Warm.
POST-DIGESTION EFFECTS: Pungent.
CHANNELS ENTERED: Spleen, stomach, Liver.
TISSUES: Works on all tissue-elements in the body.
SYSTEMS: Digestive, Circulative, Respira-tory.
ACTIONS: Stimulant,Carminative, Altera-tive, Vulnerary, Antibacterial.
INDICATIONS: Indigestion, Poor Circulation, Cough, Amenorrhea, Pharyngtis, Skin Disorders, Diabetes, Arthritis, Anemia, Wounds, Bruises.
PRECAUTIONS: Acute Jaundice and Hepatitis, High Pitta, Pregnancy.
PREPARATIONS: Infusion, Decoction, Powder (250 mg. to 1 g.).”the yoga of herbs”.
Some Home Remedies
- Everyday take a dose of 1 tsp of turmeric juice mixed with honey.
- Boil 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Drink warm.
- Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 1 tsp of aloe gel and apply to burnt area
- Mix 1 tbsp of crushed, raw turmeric in 1/3 cup of water. Boil and sieve. 2–3 drops of this mixture may be used in each eye up to 3 times per day.
- Apply a paste of turmeric on the skin before bed, and wash off after a few minutes. In the morning, remove any remaining yellow tinge with a paste of chickpea flour (besan) and oil.
- Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with ½ tsp of salt. Add mustard oil to make a paste. Rub the teeth and gums with this paste twice daily.
- ½–1 tsp of turmeric should be taken 3 times a day.
- Take ½ tsp of turmeric powder or juice in water, 3 times per day.
- Mix 1 tsp of turmeric and 2 tsp of ginger with water to make a paste. Spread over a cloth, place on the affected area and bandage.
- Add 1 tsp of turmeric to 1 cup of warm milk and drink before bed.
In cooking, turmeric acts as a yellow colouring agent. It is an important herb in Hindu rituals. It is also an ingredient in cosmetics as it is beneficial for the skin. Burning turmeric can repel insects. Inhaling the smoke can assist in coughs, asthma and congested nasal passages.