This information is for informational purposes only. Consult your health practitioner if you need health advice.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingi beracea) is an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant. In Sanskrit it is Haridra.
For strains, bruises, itching, or swelling, 1/2 teaspoon and a pinch of salt are used for external application to the area.
One cup warm milk and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and a pinch of saffron or alum added is used as a healing drink and pain reliever.
For boils, equal parts ginger powder and turmeric (1/2 teaspoon of each) are mixed with water to make a paste and applied. The boil will come to a head.
Acne is said to be helped by equal parts turmeric and sandalwood with water added to make a paste.
For burns, a paste of fresh aloe vera gel and a pinch of turmeric is used, or ghee or coconut oil is applied.
For sore throat, one gargles a mix of one cup hot water with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gargle morning and evening or drink 1 cup hot milk boiled with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric.
For sores and wounds, its anti-bacterial quality helps prevent infections. Mix turmeric powder with some coconut oil or aloe vera.
You can use this on your pets too.
For cuts, cover with turmeric, then tape or gauze.
For bites and stings, apply turmeric and sandalwood paste.
To keep ants out of your home: make a line of turmeric powder outside your doors.
Turmeric is also used as a culinary spice and in religious ceremonies, as well as a textile dye.
Put a bit of turmeric on the meat cooking so that it will be digested easier.
It is a good source of B6, dietary fiber, and potassium, as well as an excellent source of iron and manganese.
Vaata, Pitta, Kapha decreasing, Pitta and Vaata increasing in excess.
This is only touching on the surface of what Turmeric might be capable of helping to heal.
Scientific studies are showing that it might help major illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and arthritis.
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