It is said that turmeric was used nearly 3000 years in the ancient Vedic culture of India. It has and is being used as an important spice, beauty product and in spiritual ceremonies. Uses of turmeric powder range from food to medicines. Turmeric Powder is used widely in Indian Dishes. Almost all Indian vegetable and meat dishes use turmeric either as separate spice or in the spice mixture. It is a principal ingredient in curry powder. Brine pickles and to some extent mayonnaise and relish formulations, non-alcoholic beverages, gelatines, butter and cheese etc. use turmeric oleoresin. Turmeric is used in the preparation of medicinal oils, ointments and poultice. It is stomachic, carminative, tonic, blood purifier and an antiseptic. It is also used in cosmetics. The botanical name for turmeric is Curcuma longa L.
Bengali: Halud, Pitras
Gujarati: Haldhar, Haldi
Marathi: Halede, Halad
Punjabi: Haldar, Haldhar, Haldi
Sanskrit: Haladi, Harita
German: Kurkuma Gelbwurzel
Russian: Zholty Imbir
Use of turmeric in cooking provides lot of health benefits and healing properties. Turmeric has a lot of significance in Ayurveda because of its medicinal properties. Indians use it on a large scale for preparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items. Turmeric is used for curing disorders and is also one of the holy and auspicious items offered to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. A day before a Hindu marriage ceremony, turmeric powder is mixed with milk and sandal wood and applied to bride and bridegroom, the objective being to make the person look beautiful and protect him or her from evil spirits. Turmeric can be used effectively for many purposes right from the kitchen cabinet to your beauty kit. Turmeric is an inseparable part of some food recipes. It can be applied on wounds and cuts because it is antiseptic in nature and can help to heal faster. It helps to protect skin from infections and cures skin disorders such as acne and pimples. Applying a mixture of turmeric powder and sandalwood powder on your face will help you to get wonderful complexion. Drinking warm milk with a pinch of turmeric powder will help you soothe sore throat. Turmeric, when added to food helps to keep food bacteria free. It is also used in marinating food items combined with other spices. Turmeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric adds zest to any dish and combined with other spices it adds a wonderful curry flavour. It is known to have antioxidant properties. For many years awareness on turmeric and its use as medicine has been continuously increasing. Turmeric has been used as herb and a spice in India for thousands of years. Turmeric has medicinal and countless therapeutic benefits. Turmeric is a promoter of good complexion. It is an effective remedy for sprains, wounds and inflamed joints. Turmeric forms an integral part of our cuisine, ceremonies and rituals.