Turmeric is a wonder spice that is widely used for cooking as well as a medicine in India and now across the world. It is one of the most basic spices which are found in every Indian kitchen. India is a significant producer of turmeric. In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for 1000’s of yrs as a remedy for many ailments.
Turmeric is a bright yellow powder made by dry grinding of mature turmeric stems. Turmeric is an easy to grow plant and can be grown at our homes too. It requires a well-drained soil. Heavy shades will reduce the yield but light shade is beneficial. It requires 8-10 months to fully mature. The flower is so attractive that it is worth growing for this alone. The flowers of the plant are stunning and add lush to the garden. Flowering turmeric will not affect the roots and the flowers are actually edible.
Turmeric plant grows to a meter in height and features aromatic, miniature plantain like leaves. Turmeric root are dark brown skin on the exterior and deep orange-yellow flesh internally. Each harvested root can weigh around 2-3 kg each. Once harvested the roots are boiled, dried and grounded to prepare distinctive bright yellow spice powder.
Turmeric is considered highly auspicious and holy in India and has been extensively used in various Hindu ceremonies for centuries. Even today it is used in every part of India during wedding and other religious ceremonies. It has played an important role in Hindu spiritualism. Turmeric paste is used to adorn the statues or murtis of gods in temples. Other ingredients used for adorning gods along with turmeric are chandana and kumkum
Medicinal properties of turmeric:
Turmeric is the best health promoting spice in Ayurveda. Turmeric is pungent, bitter and stringent. It may be consumed by all the three body types (vata, pitta, kapha), but may increase pitta dosha if used excessively as turmeric has heating properties. Turmeric is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, ant flatulent and a decongestant. The health benefit of turmeric includes anti-cancer property, protection against Alzheimer’s, pain relief and much more. Turmeric helps in detoxing liver. Adding turmeric to your daily food is one of the simplest forms of consuming it.
The Medicinal property of turmeric dates back to the ancient Vedic culture of India. This spice has almost no calories (1 tablespoon = 24 calories) and zero cholesterol. It is rich in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6.
Healing and Curing Properties:
Swelling: If there is any blood clotting on a wound or swelling on any part of the body, then follow the below medicine to get relief from pain.
- Take a small root of turmeric and rub it with water or aloe vera juice and apply on the affected area for 2 times a day regularly for few days.
Granthi (Cyst or cystic swelling): If any part of the body is affected with cyst and the patient is unable to undergo surgery, then here is a home remedy to cure.
- Rub turmeric choorna and sarjakshara (sal tree resin) together and apply on the affected part. After few days, a white firm flesh comes out. So now to cure the wound, mix turmeric along with honey and apply. Tie it slowly with the help of soft cotton.
Krimikarna (Parasites): This is a kind of ear-disease infested with parasites. These vermin collecting in the ear impair hearing and has a lot of pain.
- Take 12 grams turmeric choorna, 18 grams honey, 22 grams neem leaves juice and ground to fine paste. On a slow flame, add this paste along with 60 grams gingelly oil and keep stirring. When the paste completely mixes with oil, remove from the fire and cool it. Strain and store it in a glass jar. Pour 3-4 drops into ears daily 2times regularly.
Gudabramsha (Rectal Prolapse): This is a diseases mostly found in children due to heavy loose motions and constipation. Rectal prolapse happens when loose tissue in the rectum slides downward. The loose tissue may partially or completely stick out of the anus. These can make the nerves weak and children severely suffer during passing motions.
- Rub turmeric along with lajjalu (shy plant) to make a paste. Apply this after passing motion on anus or at night with the help of cotton and press it. Tie a clean cotton cloth around. Continue this for few days. Along with this, consult an Ayurveda doctor for some energy drink or tonic to boost the energy level of the kids during this period.
Naadi Vrana: (Pilonidal Sinuses): Neglecting a localized swelling which has ripened, or a wound on our body which we would have left un-noticed/neglected or without treating it properly may give us a lot of problem later. This can be referred as ulcer which is a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane and it results in complete loss of epidermis. Dust may be surrounded on it and pus start bleeding out from it. The skin around the ulcers may be red, swollen and tender. The pus burrows inwards in the form of a channel (from the skin) and hence patients may feel pain on the skin around it and there will be excess infiltration of pus and fluid may ooze from these ulcers.
These wounds can also be treated easily at home.
- In a heavy bottomed vessel, pour turmeric oil along with 48 grams turmeric choorna, 48 grams gandhakam (Sulfur), 48 grams datura leaves juice and 384 grams karanji honge (Avenue tree) oil. Heat it on a slow flame. Keep stirring till it boils well.
Dip a piece of clean cotton in the prepared oil and keep it on the wound and tie it. Repeat this daily once for few days and this helps to relive pain from wounds.
Skin disease (itching): This starts with itching in between fingers forming boils. If this is not treated initially, puss formation happens and itching intensifies.
- Mix together 22 grams turmeric, 1teaspoon ekka (alarka) milk and 120 gram mustard oil. Boil this on a low flame. Cool and store it. Now, wash the affected area with seegekayi (soap nut) water and apply little prepared turmeric oil on it. Do this for few days and within a week, you can feel the difference.
Cough due to Kapha:
- Pound 22 grams turmeric along with 6 times of saindhava lavana and mix this in water and make small balls. Apply lime on Adusoge leaves (Malabar nut leaves) lightly and keep the balls on it and tie. Again tie this with a clean cloth and apply a thin paste of ant-hole mud or gopichandana (paste made by mixing sandalwood powder with water). Keep this under sun and dry it. Once dried completely, keep this on hot ash and when the cloth becomes black, remove it and take out the inner items. Now slowly ground this and make small tablets. Store this tightly in a glass jar.
Give this to children when they suffer from cough- 1 tablet, 3 times a day. For small kids, give about half a tablet mixed with little honey.
Common cold and cough:
- Boil a cup of milk adding little turmeric. Drink it when warm. You can boil turmeric in water also instead of milk.
Tonsillitis: Tonsils are situated in the throat area. Tonsillitis is the inflammation of tonsils. Symptoms are sore throats, headache, fever, pain in the ear and throat, weakness, body ache etc.
For chronic Tonsillitis:
- Take ½ tsp of turmeric and put it inside the mouth slowly (near to throat). Do not swallow. Let it mix slowly with saliva and then swallow. Do not drink water for at least one hour.
For acute tonsillitis:
- Mix turmeric in hot/warm milk and drink.
- In a glass of milk, add ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp pure desi (country-made) cow ghee. Boil this and drink in the evening continuously for 4-5 days to get relief from throat infections.
The information & Remedies provided on the website is for informational purpose only and has to be approved by your doctor before proceeding for self-medication. Any remedies and its benefits and uses given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether to treat any common ailments you or your family members may suffer without consulting a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or Doctor.
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