Is turmeric just limited to haldi doodh?
Haldi. Amongst the first things that come to the minds of many of us would be a glass of yellow-milk in the hands of our naani, chasing after us, making us finish that drink before going off to sleep. It may not be a drink fancied or even liked by any child but it is packed with healing properties. Starting with helping speed up the flow of bile, which is good for our digestive tracts to helping deal with worms – a problem commonly observed in children.
And if the children continue to be a headache, haldi doodh steps in there to help adults too. A glass of warm milk mixed with turmeric powder helps improve blood circulation, which rids people of migraine and headaches.
Its ability to increase serotonin levels keeps the human body relaxed and at peace. This helps cure insomnia, letting us catch a good night’s sleep.
Turmeric powder has repeatedly contributed to a healthy living amongst Indian households. Let’s take a trip beyond haldi doodh and find out how this condiment has continually blessed our lives:
Tummy troubles no more!
Turmeric’s key ingredient, curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This helps fight inflammation of the bowels, thus, ensuring supreme digestive health standards.
Death to the free radicals!
Turmeric neutralizes free radicals with the help of curcumin’s antioxidant properties which reduces the risk of cancers and heart diseases in our bodies.
Puts the ‘Sampann’ in ‘Vivaah Sampann’
At the haldi ceremony, close friends and family apply turmeric paste on the bride’s skin. Not only does it help in warding off the evil eye, but it also checks oil secretion, giving a fresh glow to the skin.
Curcumin helps modulate the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This helps us fight the good fight against depression.
Pest control?? More like, ‘Best Control’!
Place some turmeric at key points around the house and see them ants marching their way out.
An end to bad hair days
Curcumin provides nutrition to hair follicles, which helps stimulate hair growth. This is why turmeric is also used as the key ingredient in natural hair dyes.
All Smiles about Haldi
Its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a healthy teeth-whitening solution, while ensuring high standards of dental hygiene.
And on it goes… Vedic scriptures include the mention of a wish-fulfilling tree, known as Kalpavriksha, venerated by many. Turmeric can, fittingly, be deemed as the ‘Kalpavriksha’ of our times.
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