A bright yellow-orange wonder herb, turmeric is one of the oldest, most significant spices known to man. Turmeric plants thrive in hot climates with light soils. The climates of India as well as Central America suit the growth of the tropical turmeric plant.
Turmeric, or “haridra” in Sanskrit, has many positive side effects according to Ayurveda, and is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. Due to turmeric’s heating quality, it helps to balance Kapha and Vata doshas (mind-body types), and due to its bitter taste, it helps to balance the Pitta dosha, thus making it tri-doshic.
According to ayurveda, turmeric:
- supports liver detoxification;
- supports healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range;
- promotes the body’s healthy response to allergens;
- assists digestion;
- supports a healthy immune response;
- benefits the complexion.
This antioxidant herb also helps to purify the blood and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system; supports a healthy stomach and colon; and promotes the health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a flavonoid which supports a healthy inflammatory response, thereby promoting general well-being.
Maharishi Ayurveda offers turmeric in capsules as a stand-alone herb: Turmeric
Certified organic and non-GMO, vegetarian and cruelty-free, all of Maharishi Ayurveda’s herbs are grown and processed in the most holistic and eco-friendly way, without the use of toxic and harmful synthetic chemicals.
Popular Maharishi Ayurveda synergistic formulas containing turmeric include:
- Vital Lady, specifically designed to support the female nervous system;
- Stimulating Massage Oil, for balancing Kapha dosha;
- Amrit Nectar Paste, a delicious antioxidant treat that super-supports general wellness;
- Be Trim Tea, Organic Kapha Tea, and Sniffle Free Tea;
- and Vata, Pitta and Kapha Churnas, Maharishi Ayurveda’s gourmet spice mixes.
Turmeric is a major part of Indian culinary history; in fact, the use of this herb dates to 3000 B.C. In modern history, turmeric became known to the western world in the 13th century when traders from Arabia introduced the herb into Europe. At that time, turmeric was called “Indian saffron.” In India, turmeric traditionally fills two synergistic roles: it’s used as a key flavoring in Indian delicacies and is also widely utilized as an herb in ayurveda.