10 Facts about Turmeric
Wednesday, 25th April, 2018
Turmeric can be found here, there and everywhere at the moment: from turmeric supplements, to turmeric teas to turmeric lattes. But, how much do you really know about this exotic ingredient? Here are ten interesting facts to ensure that you’re fully clued up and in the know…
- Turmeric is known by numerous names all over the world, but in Latin it is called Curcuma Longa.
- Turmeric is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside ginger, and shares many similarities with its sibling.
- It has been used in the Himalayas in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years.
- Turmeric is a plant (which grows to approximately one metre in height), but is gathered for the rhizomes.
- It is known for its high antioxidant content, protecting against the damaging effects of free radicals.
- Turmeric is considered to be anti-inflammatory and boasts digestive properties, which supports digestion.
- Used topically, it is used to cleanse, treat and heal skin concerns.
- Curcumin is the main active ingredient inside turmeric (approximately 3% of turmeric) – it’s also fat soluble.
- Turmeric is traditionally considered to brighten the skin and has traditionally been applied to the skin mixed with yoghurt.
- Used in Haldi ceremonies – part of Hindu and South Asian Muslim wedding celebrations to perfect the skin before weddings.
Have you ever tried to apply this exotic powder topically? We believe in the power of turmeric for the skin, as well as for use internally, which is why it is the key ingredient inside our Urban Veda Radiance range. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered to be fantastic for balancing the Vata dosha. Vata types tend to be people who often struggle with skin dullness and dehydration. When out of balance, Vata types tend to feel the cold and can suffer from inflammatory concerns with their joints, which is where turmeric steps in!