Turmeric, locally known in India as Haldi, is an integral part of Indian cuisine. It is so integral that it’s usage can be traced back to ancient texts on healing as well as culinary endeavours. Turmeric has been the real star of Ayurveda - one of the world's oldest forms of holistic medicine. It is often prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners to support the blood, liver, joints, immune system and digestive tract.
BUT it might seem like its popularity has suddenly shot through the roof thanks to the western world’s curious interest in turmeric and its healing properties. Now we have turmeric latte served in hipster cafes in London and New York. Who would have thought, this unassuming ingredient that sits quietly in a kitchen cabinet in literally every household of India will suddenly gain a cult following out in the world?
Well, the western world didn’t stop with just turmeric latte, now we have turmeric teas, turmeric cookies, turmeric cold-pressed juices, turmeric shakes, turmeric spreads, oh god, where does it end? Nobody knows. But, having said that, it’s great that finally everyone knows how amazing a product turmeric truly is. It’s arrived right at the centre of the spot-light, and for all the right reasons.
It is only recently that science has started to back up what us Indians have known for a long time. Scientists found out about curcuminoids - the compounds that possess excellent medicinal properties. Curcuminiods contain curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Let’s take a look at the multiple ways turmeric can make your life better, healthier. Turmeric is so versatile and talented, the following revelations might come across as a tiny shock, be prepared.
Makes everything tastier
How dare you make an Indian curry without a pinch of turmeric? It is impossible! It is a common spice in all our curries because of its warm and earthy trait. It can give both heat and a savoury flavour, and it also has a bitterness that can help cut through sweetness to balance out dishes.
Good for your skin
Turmeric gives you beauty. Period. Just look at any DIY beauty blogs or vlogs on the internet and everyone swears by the magical healing properties of turmeric. It has been known to help with skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. You can even mix turmeric with some oil and lemon juice to help with dry skin.
Got an injury? Dab some turmeric in there! Inflammation is your body's natural response to injury. When a part of your body is injured, the blood vessels widen and allow more blood flow to the area. This is what makes inflamed tissue puffy and red. Because turmeric is rich in curcumin, it can reduce inflammation by blocking enzymes that cause tissue inflammation.
Bring on the antioxidants
Antioxidants are incredibly important to your health. This defence system works throughout the body to find and eliminate molecules called free radicals, which harm cell membranes and even cause cell death and many types of cancer. Turmeric is a rich source of antioxidants, which may help reduce or even prevent some of the potential damage that free radicals can create.
Good for your brain
Whaaaat! Excuse us, where is the Oscar for over achievement, give it to Sir Turmeric right here. Research has shown that turmeric contains another compound, aromatic-turmerone, which can increase stem cell growth in the brain. This is believed to improve both spatial and non-spatial memory as well as to support regeneration in neurologic disease.
Okay, it’s pretty obvious by now that turmeric is kind of unavoidable. Even though it is mostly sitting on a shelf in your kitchen, it has many uses beyond the kitchen, and even a small amount is enough to derive some of its incredible health benefits.
Speaking of the numerous turmeric products that western world has come up with, you might want to know that we Indians are not totally deprived of them. Turmeric tea is slowly catching up with Indians as well. Udyan tea, for example, has a range of turmeric tea varieties that might pique your interest, now that you have read this article. Read more about them below before you head on to buy them here
The goodness of tea combined with the medicinal properties of Ayurveda. Made by bringing in a bunch of spices together, this tea is slightly hot and spicy, but the predominant flavour is a soothing one, infused with the warmth of clove and hints of turmeric. Let the deep orange tea with a spicy and slightly pungent aroma satiate your senses and heal your body.
Turmeric Spice Green Tea
A unique product carefully crafted by our tea masters using turmeric with green tea, tulsi and ginger to deliver maximum health benefits in your cup of green tea. The resultant tea has a balanced mix of natural ingredients for a soothing cup that is both spicy and sweet. The deep yellow liquor of the brewed tea offers bold and spicy flavours while also relaxing the body with every sip.
Orange Turmeric Green Tea
A flavourful combination of green tea with turmeric, orange peels, ginger and other spices carefully blended to deliver wholesome health with a tangy twist. The spicy notes of turmeric and ginger are very well balanced with the citrusy flavour of orange to create a brew that refreshes your mind while also healing your body from within. The tea has a mild body and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.