Latin name: Curcuma longa Linn. (Zingiberaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Haridra, Rajani, Nisha Haldi, Halada
Turmeric is a vital herb in Ayurvedic medicine, whose spice form can be recognized by its dazzling, yellow color. The root of the herb, used either fresh or dried, has a host of medicinal benefits. It acts as a carminative and also enhances the complexion and skin-tone. In addition, Turmeric can be used to combat liver damage, respiratory disorders and ulcers.
Turmeric’s principal constituent is curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Turmeric has gastroprotective properties, which prevent stomach ulcers.
- As an anti-inflammatory, the herb alleviates joints aches and pains.
- It is beneficial in treating respiratory disorders.
- Turmeric is also known to lower blood cholesterol levels.