Turmeric or Curcuma Longa, a rhizomatus herb belongs to the ginger-family. Turmeric is a bright yellow fine powder. The use of turmeric dates back to nearly 4000 years ago in Vedic period. The golden spice is native to South-East Asia, mainly cultivated on mainland and islands of Indian Ocean, including Bengal, China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Java, Peru, Australia and the West Indies. Turmeric, being natural, unsynthesized and cheap is widely used in rituals. The culinary use of Turmeric for enhancing the taste and giving color is widely known. This natural spice is for medicinal and cosmtic purpose also. Turmeric must be used in air-tight containers and away from sunlight.
Turmeric is the best ayurvedic healer. Turmeric comprises anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce joint pain during arthritis, redness, swelling and pain. Turmeric helps to increase immunity. Taking few sips of turmeric water or tea helps to fight viral infections. Turmeric is a natural headache remedy, especially for migraine. Turmeric is also used in cosmetics. Turmeric water or mask helps to reduce acne.