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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Turmeric is an integral part of Indian cooking. The number of Indian dishes that don’t require turmeric can be counted on fingers. So what makes it so important? Turmeric is a strong analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial herb. It has remarkable efficacy in fighting tumors. It is also a potent anti-allergic and antioxidant. Other properties displayed by it are antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative, digestive, diuretic and stimulant.
Astrologically Turmeric and Harad both represents the most benefic of all planets Jupiter. This is why it is an integral part of all rituals used to propitiate him.
According to Ayurved - the Indian science of holistic healing - turmeric mainly treats heart, liver, lungs and skin. It is for this reason that it is an excellent remedy against H1N1 or Swine flu. The Kapha or phlegm generated by the virus is neutralized by Turmeric and its nurturing effect on lungs strengthens them. In addition to this the anti allergic and anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric keep the discomfort down. Regular use of Turmeric cures anemia, cancer, diabetes, indigestion and stomach flu. It also prevents the growth of gallstones. Females who suffer from irregular menstruation or any other uterus related problem are greatly helped by Turmeric. It is a boon to lactating mothers. A teaspoonful of turmeric taken with some warm milk increases lactation. It also cures leucorrhoea. Its effect on men is not less salutary; it promotes formation of semen and thickens it. Wounds that don’t heal or skin ulcers that refuse to go away are quickly treated with Turmeric. A Decoction of Neem leaves greatly increases the healing process.
Use of this herb in every day cooking detoxifies the liver, lowers bad cholesterol, removes skin related problems, fights allergies and stimulates digestion.
During spring season when air is laden with allergens, turmeric boiled with a cup of milk wards off allergic attacks.
Some important remedies Anemia Everyday take a dose of one teaspoonful of turmeric mixed with honey. Increase the quantity of green leafy vegetables in the diet to provide more iron. Turmeric will help greatly with the binding of iron and proteins to produce more hemoglobin.
Boil 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Drink while still warm.
Mix 1 teaspoonful of turmeric with equal quantity of aloe gel and apply to burnt area.
Boil turmeric with water until reduced to one-third volume. Sieve with a fine cloth. Use 2 to 3 drops of this mixture in each eye up to 3 times per day.
Skin Complexion and wrinkles
Apply a paste of turmeric and cold milk on the face before going to bed. Wash face after 10 or 15 minutes. Next morning, remove any remaining yellow tinge with a paste of chickpea flour (Besan) and oil.
Mix 1 teaspoonful turmeric with ½ teaspoon of salt. Add mustard oil to make a paste. Rub the teeth and gums with this paste twice daily.
½–1 teaspoonful of turmeric should be taken 3 times a day.
Take ½ tsp of turmeric powder in juice or water, thrice a day.
Burning turmeric repels insects. Inhaling its smoke will assist in coughs, asthma and congested nasal passages.
Ears, Eyes, Nose and Mouth
Turmeric dust, mixed with alum 1:20, when blown into the ear to will treat ear infection. A pinch of Turmeric mixed with ghee and applied to the mucus lining of nose to will stop the sniffles and clear the sinuses. It will also stop nosebleeds. Turmeric gives a more acute sense of smell, and helps to calm the mind.
Turmeric for Stomach and Intestines
Turmeric treats the whole Gastro - Intestinal tract and is wonderful in the cure of weak digestion, acidity, flatulence and gas formation. It displays strong carminative properties and increases the activity of intestinal flora. Just take a teaspoonful of Turmeric with a cup of yogurt right after lunch.
Hemorrhoids or Piles
Directly apply a mixture of mustard oil, turmeric, and onion juice. To stop rectal bleeding take a 2 or 3 tablespoons of Turmeric every half hour until the bleeding stops. It will happen with in the hour.
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