Turmeric is one of nature's powerful healers. The medicinal properties of this spice are numerous.
Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric can prove beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance reminiscent of orange and ginger. It is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry. Turmeric comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. The spice has been used for over 2,500 years in India. Meanwhile, in Vietnam it is cooked with fish and used as a spice for other dishes.
According to herbalist Kieu Ba Long, turmeric can help fight skin infections and blisters. The curcumin found in the spice also acts as an antioxidant and can decrease the size of blood clots, according to scientists from the University of Georgia.
Herbalists Huyen Thao and Quoc Trung recommend that women who have just given birth, should eat fish cooked with turmeric and fish sauce, or drink two soup spoons of powdered turmeric mixed with milk to boost their immune system. Elements of turmeric are also used to treat stomachache and digestive disorders. In addition, turmeric can prevent strokes, brain hemorrhages, and lessen the risk of cancer and Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists from the University of Georgia.
Below are some recommended recipes with turmeric used in Oriental medicine:
- To clear the duodenum and large intestine, and detoxify the liver and gall bladder:
Mix 50g fresh turmeric (or 5g dry turmeric) with 100ml water and one third of a teaspoon of salt. Put in a pot and boil for ten minutes. Let the mixture cool. Drink three times a day.
- To cure meningitis, rheumatism and high blood pressure:
Mix 100g fresh turmeric with 250ml water and boil until 150ml of the water evaporates. Drink the remedy three times a day until symptoms cease.
- To beat indigestion:
Mix 20g fresh turmeric with 10ml hot water and leave for 30 minutes. Drink three times a day.
- To avoid a cough and the chills after giving birth:
Grill a bulb of turmeric until brown. Leave it to cool and then eat.
- To relieve pain caused by arthritis:
Mix two teaspoons of milk with 200ml hot water and one teaspoon of turmeric powder. Drink three glasses of the mixture a day until the pain goes away.
- To cleanse your face:
Mix two spoons of green pea powder, one spoon of honey and two spoons of fresh milk together. Grind one small bulb of turmeric and add to the mixture. Wash your face, and then apply the paste avoiding the eye area. Massage your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off with water.
- To ease vomiting with blood or a nosebleed:
Grind one bulb of turmeric into a powder. Take 6g of the powder and mix with hot water. Drink every day until the bleeding stops.