Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

Turmeric, often referred to and rather aptly as the “Queen of Spices”, is a most wonderful healing spice.

This glorious root, which comes from the ginger family, is orange-coloured and comes with much of the same energy, radiance and optimism of the very colour orange.

Turmeric comes from the plant known as Curcuma, which is widely cultivated in Asia, India and China. It contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric is also packed with many healthy vitamins and nutrients such niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.

The healing spice is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for its use in treating a wide variety of health conditions.

Bitter, pungent and earthy in flavour, turmeric is a primary ingredient in both mustard and curry.

As a healing agent, turmeric is used to treat jaundice, hepatitis, digestive disorders and inflammatory conditions.

The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are beneficial in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.

Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes.

Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system.

In recent times, turmeric tea has become popular and is now served in coffee shops around the world. Consuming turmeric in this way or in its most popular use as a key ingredient in Indian curries, is most beneficial for overall health and boosting immunity.

Turmeric is also a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process.

Turmeric can also be mixed with water to make a paste which can be applied to skin as a face mask. Turmeric helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, as well as a treatment to fade scars.

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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