Most Commonly Found: Turmeric grows throughout the wild forests of South and Southeast Asia and is thus one of the key ingredients in Asian dishes.
Stone Cold Facts: Turmeric is currently one of the most studied herbs and it has even been proven to be a replacement for a variety of medicines. It's an important healing ingredient in Ayurveda though it was originally used as a coloring agent. In fact, it gives curry its yellow color.
What to Heal: Turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties, called curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric, which contains powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant (Monika Nagpal and Shaveta Sood).
Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, it neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
In addition, curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases. This makes it healing for depression and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other degenerative brain disorders. (Heidi S. Phillips, Jeanne M. Hains, Mark Armanini, Gary R. Laramee, Steven A. Johnson, John W. Winslow).
It also helps relieve heart disease and heart attacks, according to a number of studies, as well as to help prevent and relieve cancer. In addition, it's helpful with relieving chronic disease.
In addition, it's been proven to boost your mood all around, Temple Turmeric explains.
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How to Heal: Turmeric can be added to a variety of dishes, drinks or could be taken as a supplement.
Related Chakras: Turmeric is known to cleanse the chakras as a whole. During weddings and ceremonies, it is commonly made into a paste and applied to the Third Eye (Ayurveda College).
Spirituality & Psychic Properties: From a spiritual standpoint, Turmeric can aid in cleansing the chakras, cleansing the subtle body, cleaning the nadis (channels in the subtle body), cultivating relationships with feminine forms of divinity and cultivating feelings and awareness of prosperity (Yogi Baba Prem Tom Beal, Vedakovid, CYI, C.ay, C. va).
History + Lore: Turmeric's use dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and as a dye. It likely reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century. In 1280, Marco Polo described this spice in his travels. According to Sanskrit medical treatises and Ayurvedic and Unani systems, it has long history of medicinal use in South Asia (Turmeric: The Golden Spice).