Turmeric                                     Curcuma longa                     Common name – Haldi
Turmeric is a short herb. Its underground stems are short and thick and constitute commercial turmeric. It’s commonly used as spice in Asian countries.  
Turmeric contains curcumin and an essential oil. Dry rhizomes yield 5.8 per cent essential oil, while the fresh ones yield 0.24 per cent oil containing zingiberine
Food Value Minerals and Vitamins
Moisture 13.1 % Calcium
Protein 6.3 % Phosphorus
Fat 5.1 % Iron
Minerals 3.5 % Carotene
Fibre 2.6 % Thiamine
Carbohydrates 69.4 % Niacin
Calorific Value – 349
As per ancient literature, turmeric has many beneficial properties. Turmeric is being currently evaluated for its anti-cancer properties as curcumin has been shown to inhibit tumours of the skin and colon when administered in the early stages of carcinogenesis.
  • It has intestinal antiseptic properties. Dry powder of turmeric with butter milk or water is supposed to be helpful for chronic diarrhoea and flatulence.
  • For Worm infestations — a table spoon of juice of turmeric with a pinch of salt in the morning.
  • For Anaemia — a teaspoon of raw turmeric mixed with honey.
  • Bronchial Asthma — A teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of milk, twice or thrice daily is very effective.
  • Chronic cough and throat irritation — half teaspoon of turmeric mixed with small amount of milk is beneficial.
  • Sprains — For sprains or the swellings caused by sprains, turmeric paste mixed with lime and salt can be applied.
  • Boils — application of turmeric paste to the boils speeds up the healing process and ripens the boils.
  • Skin diseases like ringworms and scabies – juice of turmeric is applied on the affected part. Turmeric juice mixed with honey should also be taken orally.
  • Turmeric is extensively used as a spice. It imparts flavour and yellow colour to curries.
  • It’s also used as a colouring matter for confectionary, food and pharmacy industries
  • Turmeric is an important ingredient of herbal cosmetics. It is used in face packs and helps improve complexion.
  • Blemishes, Pimples — Paste made of powder of turmeric with equal quantity of white sandal, orange peel, majeeth and rose leaves is helpful.
  • Chronic Pruritus & Urticaria — Powder of equal quantity of turmeric, amla and sugar – to take 1 gram twice a day for a couple of weeks.
  • Turmeric is a household first aid for cuts and bruises.
  • Curcumin – the main active constituent of turmeric has been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic effects. It is known to have anti allergic, carminative, diuretic and anti oxidant properties.
  • Curcumin – is supposed to be a potential cancer fighter. Lab studies show it can suppress the transformation, proliferation, and invasion of cancerous cells for a wide array of cancers.
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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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