What is Haldi ?
Turmeric or popularly known as “Haldi” in India, whose botanical name is “Curcuma longa”, and it belongs from the ginger family. The plant reaches barely three feet in height and produces both a flower and a rhizome also known as MODIFIED stem that is found underground, and it has oblong leaves. It’s found and cultivated in tropical climates across Asia, primarily for its rhizome. This perennial, herbaceous and rhizomatous plant is native to India and South East Asia.
How and where is Haldi Cultivated ?
Haldi (Turmeric) is a Kharif crop which grows well in hot and humid climate. The plant needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Cultivation of Turmeric is done by sowing of the root stalk, during spring season this makes the plant ready to harvest with in 7 to 8 months.
India produces nearly all of the world’s turmeric crop and consumes 80% of it. The Indian turmeric with its high content of the bioactive compound (curcumin), is considered to be the best in the world. The various varieties grown include Alleppey Finger, Erode Turmeric, Salem Turmeric, Raja pore turmeric, Nizamabad bulb, and more.
What are the medicinal uses of Haldi ?
Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years in India. Ayurvedic medical treatises and authoritative books have documented these uses. The famous Sage(MAHARSHI) Sushruta in his compilation of Ayurvedic text, dating back to 250 BC, has mentioned the use of turmeric with its antiseptic properties. He has recommended an ointment containing turmeric to relieve the effects of poisoned food.
Ayurvedic text and authoritative books mention its usages in treatment for various respiratory conditions e.g., asthma, bronchial hyperactivity, and allergy, as well as liver disorders, anorexia, rheumatism, diabetic wounds, runny nose, cough, and sinusitis. Turmeric has also been used to treat sprains and swelling, It is considered a digestive and a herb to reduce flatulence. Ayurvedic practitioners use turmeric to expel phlegm (Kapha) as well as to open blood vessels in order to improve blood circulation.
In Ayurvedic practices, one of the properties includes strengthening the energy of the body, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, and relieving arthritis. Many South Asian countries use turmeric as an antiseptic for cuts, burns, and bruises, and as an antibacterial agent. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and as a remedy for gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. It is also used to purify blood and treat skin conditions. It can be incorporated into foods, including rice and bean dishes, to improve digestion and reduce gas and bloating. It is a cholagogue, stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder, which improves the body’s ability to digest fats. Sometimes, turmeric mixed with milk or water is taken to treat intestinal disorders as well as colds and sore throats.
Modern preparations and usages of Haldi
More than 3000 researches have been published on Haldi in the past 27 years. Phytochemical analysis of turmeric, curcuminoids has revealed a large number of compounds, including curcumin, volatile oil, and curcuminoids, which have been found to have potent pharmacological properties. The beneficial effects of turmeric can be achieved through consumption or application as the case may be, even at low levels, over time. As per modern understanding to arrive at an effective dose, the various studies have helped to guide, the minimum quantities of intake. Since no known side effect has been noted by almost all studies and agencies, it is considered safe at even larger quantities.
Based on these studies it has reaffirmed the following activities, which include antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antioxidant, antiseptic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, radioprotective, and digestive activities.
How is Haldi used in Food ?
The use of Haldi in food also dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a condiment and a culinary spice. The Vedic culture did not distinction food from medicine and hence very intelligently incorporated these herbs in many preparations which are consumed daily by Indians as a (sabzi) dish, which explains the high consumption of Haldi in India. In 1280, Marco Polo described this spice, as a vegetable that exhibited qualities similar to that of saffron, and was also called the “Indian Saffron”.
Haldi lends curry its distinctive yellow colour and flavour, wherein it derives the all popular name “yellow curry”. It is used to give white rice its golden colour. It is a popular ingredient in most of the curry powders today . Haldi has numerous uses in Asian cuisines as well especially in savory and sweet dishes. It is a popular ingredient in many pickles.
Modern day usage of Haldi (Turmeric) and its deravitives (DERIVATIVES) are in manufactured food products such as canned beverages, dairy products, baked products, ice-cream, yellow cakes, yogurt, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces, and gelatins (gelatines). It is used as a colouring agent in cheese, butter, and other food items.
What are the other traditional usages of Haldi ?
Haldi (Turmeric) is being used in the formulation of several sunscreen lotions, face creams as well as body lotions. The variety of its usage has increased tremendously and finds its place in many cosmetic products including soap and shampoo. Ubtan or the Haldi wedding ceremony
This ceremony is the one in which a paste of Haldi is applied to bride and the groom’s body before their wedding. Haldi is known to have properties that leave the skin fair and glowing. It is an effective exfoliating agent, it helps to get rid of dead cells and detoxifies the skin.
Haldi (turmeric), contains curcumin and volatile oil, combined they provide the colour which ranges from yellow to orange. Indian females use them on Saris, Its popular amongst Buddhist monks which use them on their robes. It’s not a very strong dye and hence its use is limited.
Then Why Haridra by Age Ayurveda ?
We at Age Ayurveda use pure extracts of Haldi which makes it more potent than the powder we also ensure 7% curcumin. These extracts are filled in Vegetable Capsules in a G.M.P certified facility.
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