Turmeric certainly seems to be in the limelight at the moment – people are sharing its benefits and there is certainly a strong buzz in the air about its amazing healing properties. But what exactly is turmeric? Let’s delve a little into its history and find out what really makes it tick...

We all know that turmeric is an ingredient in most curries and mustards and is used for much more than just a simple spice. Its amazing colour has been utilised for centuries as a dye, and for years and years now both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have been using this golden spice for a multitude of treatments.

Turmeric – A little history and a few facts...

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) plus other types of spices grow wild within the forests of Southern Asia including India, Indochina, Indonesia and a few Islands in the Pacific – traditional uses in India include:
  • Improving digestion and the intestinal flora
  • Eliminating parasites
  • Relieving gas
  • Strengthening the liver
  • Normalising menstruation
  • Relieving arthritis
  • Purifying the blood
  • Soothes coughs and asthma
  • Is antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • And many more…

We tend to use it abundantly in our recipes – it enhances the flavour of many dishes and is very versatile – I have added it to soups, salads and stir-frys and simply cannot imagine being without it!

We are also making toothpaste and face masks with this magical yellow gold-dust – so yes it is good for you and yes it is versatile to say the least .

More importantly recent studies are showing that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is vital in preventing and treating cancer – and as Mike Adams quotes :

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Studies have shown that curcumin ‘’inhibits the proliferation of tumour cells’’, ‘’Decreases inflammation’’ and also helps to prevent ‘’the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth’’. It also helps to destroy cancer cells stopping them spreading throughout the body. So it comes as no surprise that more and more people are incorporating this wondrous gold-dust in their daily lives.

Note:
Do take care when using turmeric – either in cooking or otherwise, since its deep colour can easily stain. If you do happen to stain some item of clothing, quickly wash area with soap and water and wear household gloves if you are handling turmeric by hand.

Sources:
http://www.herballegacy.com/Alter_History.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/048579_turmeric_curcumin_bioavailability_cancer_remedy.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/02/curcumin-benefits.aspx