“TURMERIC: The Golden Wonder Herb” a great book by Taryn Forrelli ND and “TURMERIC: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life” written by Prashanti de Jager MS, both books tell us in detail what a wonderful herb turmeric is. You may call it a spice too. It grows like ginger and potatoes under the ground. It is widely grown all over India. It looks like ginger, but smaller and thinner in size. It comes from the ginger family. It looks orange when freshly peeled, but is mostly dried and ground into powder. While grinding, we add a few drops of oil (making sure it doesn’t scatter). After drying, it looks yellow and this is the reason we call it yellow turmeric. I call it a miracle healer from the kitchen. It is also known as Curcuma Longa in Latin. This is the only one spice which has been most researched by several scientists for its medical properties and ancient remedies. Now findings tell us turmeric can heal any disease. This wonderful root helps to cleanse the body and as a preventive to stay healthy always. Fresh turmeric is also used as Pro-biotic.
Turmeric, in India, is a common spice and every family uses this beneficial herb in everyday cooking. Here in the US, most of the Indian community uses turmeric every day and it is always available in the kitchen. Our records in India say, this yellow golden turmeric has the highest level of anti-inflammatory agent and people have been using it over 6,000 years as a blood purifier, relief of aches and pain, skin diseases, cleansing urinal tract, cuts and open wounds, and common colds.
This has been one of the most ancient remedies like ginger and garlic. Even now in modern time, I believe that 70% people of India, who live in villages and small towns, still use turmeric for many ailments. I remember when we were little, my brother came home with some blood on his leg and foot. My mom scooped up some turmeric powder from the kitchen immediately, put it on the wound and pressed down with her thumb for a minute. Later when the blood stopped she put more turmeric, a piece of cotton and bandaged. This did the job!
There are several Ayurvedic doctors in India, who treat people with herbs, spices, yoga, Pranayama, and meditation in the villages as well as in the big cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. In fact, many Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities, high-level business people and dignitaries, now prefer to go to Nature Cure doctors for their mental and physical problems because they are sick and tired of present injurious drugs and doctors who have just one aim of minting money and have no relationship with the patients. In most of the villages, there are no medical professionals available, but there are Hakeem, who are popular for their Natural Healing methods and remedies. The public trusts them because they get people cured.
Turmeric root is so beneficial we can use it regularly as a preventative to help ourselves from the horrible disorders such as: influenza, colds, virus, allergies, arthritis pain, Alzheimer’s disease, heart problems, cancer, and urinal tract and detoxifying the body.
I buy a quarter pound of raw turmeric root and wash it thoroughly with a brush. Make a paste in the blender with 2 oz water, bottle and refrigerate it. I swallow half a teaspoon of this paste first thing in the morning and avoid getting sick. Let me tell you, winter is approaching and it brings allergies and many unpleasant problems with it and you do not want to suffer. It’s taste is neither bitter nor sour or tangy. It is not peppery hot. In fact, it is bland and a little pungent.