Usage in India
Turmeric is not just a part of the Indian kitchen; it is an integral part of our way of life. Its usages cover 4 distinct areas:
Turmeric is an integral part of almost every meal prepared across homes. Its warm, mild aroma and distinctive yellow colour is essential to curry powders and used to flavour almost all Indian dishes.
According to the system of traditional Indian healing, turmeric is used as an antiseptic, forming a part of many ointments & lotions for external wounds and skin infections. Turmeric is also used in the treatment of arthritis and to treat jaundice in the initial stages. The Ayurvedic and Unani forms of medicine use turmeric as a vital ingredient of their medicines to heal a variety of disorders: from blood purification to digestive ailments to liver problems.
Silk and woollens from India are dyed with turmeric by immersing the fabric in an acidic bath. It is also used in the food, pharma, confectionary and rice milling industries.
It is widely used as part of cosmetic preparations from the traditional kumkum to anti- acne and pimple creams. It is also used by the women of India to remove facial hair.