Turmeric has been harvested in Indonesia and southern India for more than 5,000 years. It is considered a warming food in Ayurvedic medicine, and has been used by many cultures for medicinal purposes. It owes many of its healing properties to the presence of curcumin, which also gives turmeric its bright yellow color.
Turmeric is most often found as a spice in powdered form, but it may be possible to find fresh turmeric in Asian markets. Choose organic turmeric to ensure that the spice has not been irradiated.
||1 Tbsp, ground
||India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti, and Jamaica
||Kills harmful bacteria in the digestive tract.
||Has anti-fungal properties.
||A powerful blood purifier. Stimulates red blood cell formation. Inhibits blood cell clumping.
||Improves circulation. Inhibits blood cell clumping.
||Relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.
||Relieves the painful swelling of arthritis.
||Relieves the thick mucus in the lungs of cystic fibrosis sufferers.
||Brings color and softness to the skin. Fights against pimples, acne, boils, dryness, and other chronic skin maladies. Helps wounds heal faster. Has strong anti-inflammatory properties.