Turmeric is a vivid, fragrant, and bitter spice. It has been used in Indian and Chinese traditional medicine for purposes as diverse as treating cancer to repelling mosquitoes.
People have attributed turmeric with seemingly miraculous healing properties for nearly 4,000 years. The bright yellow powder derived from the root of the turmeric plant is also known as Golden Goddess and Indian Saffron. Turmeric is also widely used as a food colorant and dye.
Fast facts on turmeric and skin care:
- Although the turmeric plant thrives in many tropical locations, most of it is grown and consumed in India.
- The active curcumin component that gives turmeric its color may have therapeutic benefits for the skin.
- The turmeric plant, which is related to the ginger plant, grows up to 1 meter high and has yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.