This yellow root has been used over the centuries in India for a number of uses that range from cooking, religious rituals, dyeing clothes and playing an integral part of Ayurvedic Medicine. Indigo Herbs has two great Turmeric products - Turmeric Tincture and Organic Turmeric Powder. Within our guest brands you can choose from Turmeric Capsules, Turmeric Oral Spray, Turmeric Latte and a lovely selection of Turmeric-based Herbal Teabags.
For almost 6,000 years Hindus have held this root sacred because of its deep yellow colour. The colour yellow is thought to be the colour of the Guru (teacher) and the principle colour of the Devas (gods). It’s no wonder that Turmeric is in a great number of Indian foods and curry’s and is attributed with a great many miraculous qualities in folklore. In southern India, during the traditional wedding ceremony, the bride and groom will bathe in Turmeric and milk the day before the wedding begins. It is also thought that burning Turmeric or wearing yellow string around the neck with a piece of Turmeric attached is an effective way to keep away evil spirits. In the same way, smearing Turmeric on the skin is thought to be a good way to keep infection away. In Bengal, it was thought that blood from human sacrifice was essential during the cultivation and growing of Turmeric plants for the root to gain its deep yellow colour. It is also interesting to note that in the 13th century Marco Polo was the man responsible for naming Turmeric ‘Indian Saffron’ although many then came to think of Turmeric and Saffron as the same plant from his writings.
Turmeric is an herbaceous perennial herb native to India and Southern Asia that grows to a height of 90-180cm. The leaves have long stalks (petioles), and are ovate in shape, tapered at each end, smooth, and green in colour with a reddish central vein running down the centre of the leaf. The flowers are pale yellow to white in colour and grow in spikes of up to 30. The roots are fleshy, oblong, pale brown on the outside and yellowy-orange on the inside and have a fragrant aroma and a slightly bitter, sharp taste.