The Turmeric Root

As one of the most multi-functional foods on the planet, turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been called the “queen” of medicinal plants. For thousands of years, turmeric held a privileged place in traditional East Asian medicines and rituals. And it was believed to possess a spiritual power capable of cleansing negative energy from spaces, people and objects. Studies suggest turmeric to be a powerful antioxidant which supports longevity.

Turmeric in Ayurvedic Tradition

Ayurveda is one of the world’s most ancient healing systems. In the Ayurvedic tradition, health and vitality are achieved through balancing the elements that make up the human body. Turmeric root is highly esteemed in Ayurveda for its potent balancing properties, earning it the title of “Queen of All Herbs.”

According to Ayurveda, everything in the universe — including the human body — is made up of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether (space). Since the combinations of these elements in the body are believed to determine whether or not a person is physically and mentally healthy, Ayurveda stresses balance as the key to mental and physical wellness and longevity.

Turmeric is known in Ayurvedic medicine as a sattvic herb, which means it has purifying and balancing properties. As a tri-doshic herb, it is fortifying and healing for all body types.

Ayurveda is a holistic system. Its purpose is to guide practitioners along the path to true happiness by placing equal stress on emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Because turmeric root plays such a crucial role in maintaining a balanced, healthy body, Ayurveda believes its use ultimately leads to a calm, peaceful mind, radiant vitality and greater longevity.