What’s Turmeric?

whole turmericDid you see my latest post on AOL about turmeric? It’s being evaluated for its ability to soothe skin disorders like psoriasis, calm the nervous system and PMS, and even fight cancer because of its active ingredient, curcumin, which works as a powerful anti-inflammatory.

In my research, I came across other uses of turmeric, something that I bet you’ve not heard! Are you ready for this?

  • Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in leading radiator stop-leak sealant mixtures. Is this what gives the radiator fluid its yellow color?
  • Turmeric is currently used in the formulation of some sunscreens.
  • Turmeric is used as a food additive under code E100.
  • Turmeric is also used in various rituals, such as the turmeric ceremony or gaye holud, part of the Bengali wedding.


  1. Other than knowing that turmeric is a seasoning for food, what are some simple recipes that it might be used for?

    • Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for your note! I have a bunch of recipes on Yoga Life that use turmeric like spiced popcorn, shrimp paella, and corn chowder. But you can also add a pinch to jarred BBQ sauce and even to sweets like banana bread!

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