Why Is Turmeric Known as ‘Holy Powder’? (Infographic)

Turmeric is best known as one of the main ingredients of curry. (Image:  Saimul Hassan via  flickr  CC BY-SA 2.0)
Turmeric is best known as one of the main ingredients of curry. (Image: Saimul Hassan via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
Turmeric is best known as one of the main ingredients of curry. It has a peppery, warm, and bitter flavor, and a mild fragrance similar to orange and ginger. Turmeric is in the ginger family and has a yellow-orange tuber similar to ginger. The tubers are usually boiled and then dried and ground into a powder. It can also be used fresh in the same way ginger is used, or it can be pickled. Fresh leaves are also used to wrap foods when cooking, as they impart a distinctive flavor.
The turmeric plant has many more uses outside the culinary field. It has been used in India for thousands of years, and as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both Chinese traditional medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat conditions such as:
  • Flatulence
  • Jaundice
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Bloody urine
  • Hemorrhage
  • Toothache
  • Bruises
  • Chest pain
  • Colic
Turmeric can also be used topically to cleanse wounds and treat skin sores.
Curcumin is the main active compound in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and is a very strong antioxidant. It is used in the treatment of: 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Help for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved liver function
  • And many more

Turmeric powder is also applied to the body in many Indian rituals, and is used in some Indian traditions like a wedding ring in the West — it is tied to form a necklace or is attached to the wrist.

Find out here why Turmeric was known as ‘Holy Powder.’

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