Turmeric Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Curcuma longa



Parts Used

Rhizome (group of roots attached together)

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Known as a culinary spice across South East Asia, Turmeric is a key ingredient in many dishes. However in Ayurvedic medicine Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties.

- Anti-inflammatory
- Anti-bacterial
- Increases Liver Function
- Anti-oxidant- works to destroy free radicals in the body which are responsible for cell damage.
- Brings relief to joint pains and arthritis.
- Anti-bacterial properties can heal wounds, cuts and skin abrasions.
- Lowers Cholesterol levels
- Prevents heart disease
- Immune Boosting and prevents against coughs colds and flu.
- Moderates the insulin response.

Typical Use

Turmeric Tincture: Take 1-2ml, 2-3 times per day.

Folklore and History

The powdered turmeric is often used as a colourant in foods, and is a staple in curry sauces. It is known as Indian Saffron. It has been used traditionally to dye cloth, the orange colour of monk’s robes comes from turmeric.

Turmeric is highly prized as a sacred plant in India. It is made into a paste and used to anoint and adorn the skin in religious ceremonies and marriage ceremonies.


Turmeric contains a mixture of phenolic compounds called curcumin, and a volatile oil containing turmerone, zingiberene, cineole, monoterpenes, starch, proteins, high amounts of Vitamin A.