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Haldi (Turmeric) has been used in India since ages not only as a common household spice but also as a curative herb. It is well documented by ancient ayurvedic texts and supported by a large number of scientific studies. Turmeric (commonly called haridra or haldi) is the rhizome of the plant curuma longa which is used for medicinal and culinary purposes.

Turmeric is mentioned in almost every ayurvedic treatise — ancient, medieval or modern. It has been described as tikta and katu (bitter and pungent), laghu, rooksha and ushna (light, dry and hot). Turmeric alleviates kapha and vata. Sages supporting Ayurveda have extolled it as digestive, astringent, anti-diabetic, and helpful in blood formation. It has also been described as varnya (good for skin).

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In the Indian Ayurveda system of herbal medicine, turmeric is known as strengthening and warming to the whole body. Traditional uses in India include to improve digestion, to improve intestinal flora, to eliminate worms, to relieve gas, to cleanse and strengthen the liver and gallbladder, to normalize menstruation, for relief of arthritis and swelling, as a blood purifier, to warm and promote proper metabolism correcting both excesses and deficiencies, for local application on sprains, burns, cuts, bruises, insect bites and itches, for soothing action in cough and asthma, as antibacterial and anti-fungus, and in any condition of weakness or debility.

Turmeric has played an important role in both Buddhist and Hindu spiritualism. Because of its yellow-orange coloring, turmeric was associated with the sun or Vishnu in the mythology of Hinduism. Yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra, which in traditional Indian medicine is the energy center relating to the metabolic and digestive systems. Orange is the color of the sacral chakra, and tied to the reproductive system.

In many North Indian traditional wedding ceremonies, haldi (turmeric) is applied to the groom and the bride, not only to make them look good with fresh glowing skin, but to ward off the evil eye. It is considered by the Hindus as a symbol of prosperity and as a cleansing herb for the whole body. Pieces of crushed roots mixed with seawater are sprinkled to remove the negative influences from places, persons, and things during ceremonies.

Note: We advise that natural products be consumed in their pristine form, without any preservatives or processing chemicals, unless a preparation is advised by an Ayurvedic doctor.

It gives maximum health benefits and keeps costs low (compared to the huge medical costs due to modern diseases.)

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