Curcuma longa is a rhizomatus, perennial herb with tufted leaves. Its rhizome contains Curcumin. The antioxidant properties of the powder are probably due to the phenolic character of Curcumin. It also has anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic activity.
It reduces cholesterol levels and helps control blood sugar. Haridra is used for infections, dysentery, arthritis, and jaundice. It can also be used to treat liver and gallbladder problems, stop bleeding, treat chest congestion and menstrual discomforts. It is used as a blood purifier It is beneficial to the common cold Helps maintain healthy skin In large doses, however, it appears to act as an antispasmodic inhibiting excessive peristaltic movements of the intestines.
How to use
Indian systems of medicine, turmeric is used as a stomachic, tonic and blood purifier. It is also prescribed as an antiperiodic alterative. Mixed with warm milk it is said to be beneficial in common cold. The juice of the fresh rhizome is used as an anti parasitic for many skin affections. Externally, it is applied to ulcers, and a paste made from the powdered rhizome with lime is a remedy for inflamed joints. A decoction of the rhizome relieves the pain of purulent ophthalmia. Oil of turmeric, distilled from the dried rhizomes, has mild antiseptic properties. It is an antacid and, in small doses, acts as a carminative, appetizer and tonic.
Store in a cool dry place, away from heat, light and moisture.