Sometimes referred to as the golden spice of life or Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange colour, turmeric has been used for thousands of years in South East Asia and the Middle East as condiment, a textile and hair dye, and now a health remedy:
10 WAYS TURMERIC COULD HELP TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Prevents heart disease
Promotes balanced mood
Improves skin conditions
protects against Alzheimer's disease
Reduces Diabetes risk
Relieves arthritis and osteoporosis
Strengthens the immune system
Detoxifies the liver
HOW TO USE IT
Turmeric as a spice is known in its fresh root or ground powder form. As a plant, however, all it's pars are edible, from the flowers (as a vegetable) to the leaves (to make a wrap). It belongs to the gingers family and has a pepper -like aroma and bitter flavour. It is an essential ingredient in curries, but you can also enjoy its amazing benefits, which are produced from very small quantities in hot beverages (try turmeric tea or a latte) and smoothies. And don't forget to include it when making a natural body scrub or a face mask for glowing skin.
More than a spice, turmeric is revered in both Hinduism and Buddhism and used for devotional purposes. being associated with fertility, luck and the sun, its is often a gift for pregnant women - and turmeric paste is also traditionally applied to a bride's skin as part of a ritual purification before her wedding. So not only is it a culinary treat with healing properties, but turmeric can also be considered sacred.