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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


About 3 months ago I put 2  turmeric plants in a pot. It grew well and their rhizomes under the ground had produced a few new plants. Yesterday, my mother asked me to dig and get the rhizomes of turmeric (for cooking) during my Garden Science class. I spent the whole morning with my niece (Afiqah), learning and exploring the benefit of the herbs in homeschooling garden. Homeschooling garden is where I plant most of my favorite herbs and bonsai especially coconut bonsai. I had post an article about coconut bonsai in 

Turmeric is thought to have come from South and Southeast Asia, probably India. The plants grow as an upright herb to about 1 m tall. 

Turmeric Profile:

Kunyit ( Malay )
Turmeric (English)
Haridra (Sanskrit)
Haldi, halada (Hindi, Bengali, Gujurati, Marathi)
Manjal (Tamil)
Pasapu (Telugu)
Arishina (Kannada).

Botanical name: Curcuma longa
Family: Zingiberaceae, the ginger family

It requires a well-drained soil, frost-free climate and 1000 to 2000mm of rain annually or supplementary irrigation. It thrives best on loamy or alluvial fertile soils and cannot stand waterlogging. Heavy shade will reduce the yield but light shade is beneficial.

I use organic fertilizer for all my plants. Masyaallah...I have a bunch of turmeric plants already.

Rhizomes are harvested 9 to 10 months after planting. At 3 months after planting, the rhizomes are still young. These young rhizomes are good to eat with Budu ( BUDU IS A MIRACLE FISH SAUCE ) and rice.

Masyaallah...I was surprised with these wonderful golden yellow rhizomes. If you did good to the soil, the soil would reward you back !! This win-win situation really make me happy. Thanks to Allah for the gift from nature.

I planted these turmeric plants in a new pot. Proudly, I have 2 pots of this magical herb already.

Some of the herbs in my homeschooling garden. I watered them everyday except during raining day.

Afiqah collected them and put in coconut shells. On the left side is the turmeric(golden yellow) and on the right is ginger (light yellow). My mother used them to cook chicken for our lunch. Beside the rhizomes, I took a few leaves to put in the chicken gravy.

What a perfect match for our lunch. Deep fry chicken coated with herbs and gulai lemak cili api ( hot rich gravy chicken )



-Thick coconut milk
-6 fresh turmeric rhizomes (from homeschooling garden)
-Half hand full of red pepper chillies
-4 Turmeric leaves (from homeschooling garden)
-1 inch of fresh ginger (from homeschooling garden)
-4 lemon grass (from homeschooling garden)
-salt and sugar
-1 lemon
-2 big carrots
-a few pieces of chickens



-lemon grass
-big onions
-Pieces of chickens
The diagram shows the different parts of turmeric plant. It's flower is so amazing with variety of small flowers in one bunch.

 The flowers are yellow-white in color and appear on a spike-like stalk. They are sterile and do not produce viable seed.


So far I learnt many medical lessons in my FCU MEDIC class. Homeschooling garden is one of the practical laboratory for us. From the herbs that I plant, many of them are just a miracle medicine that free from chemical. Turmeric is one of them!!

Turmeric or Kunyit (curcuma longa) here has many uses in culinary, medicinal, as dye and as well as ceremony uses particularly the wedding ceremony of North Indians. Turmeric is native to South Asia and a plant of the ginger family.

The active component of turmeric is curcumin this compound is responsible for many of the health benefits of turmeric. In fact, turmeric is so beneficial that many people take Turmeric Capsules on a regular basis.
There are numerous ways turmeric benefits people when it comes to medicinal uses. Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making it very useful for cuts, burns and scrapes. Many peoples use it for its anti-inflammatory properties and the health benefits of turmeric on the digestive system. Turmeric is frequently used by those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, among other gastrointestinal issues.
Turmeric contains very powerful anti-oxidants, which offer protection against aging, cancer and even cataracts.

Turmeric benefits the liver, it increases the production and flow of bile and helps with the digestion of fats. Furthermore, it helps protect the liver from toxins such as alcohol.
Recent research regarding turmeric and curcumin has centered around possible treatments for Alzheimer's Disease, cancer and arthritis.

Animal and in vitro studies have shown that turmeric is very useful in the treatment of arthritis and auto-immune disease.There are also many in vitro studies of turmeric research showing the anti-cancer effects turmeric has on cancer cells. Further studies obviously need to be done, to learn more about the possibility of using turmeric in the treatment of cancer.

Other benefits of turmeric are that it has been shown to inhibit the Epstein-Barr virus and lesson the negative effects of exposure to arsenic.

One of the many benefits of turmeric is using turmeric for psoriasis. It's not a use you may immediately think of, however, studies have shown that many skin diseases benefit from the topical use of turmeric. There is also promising research showing that turmeric may be efficacious in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. This is because turmeric has anti-platelet effects.

Side Effects of Turmeric: Turmeric is generally considered to be safe when used as a spice. Possible side effects of turmeric include nausea, diarrhea, skin irritation or allergic reactions. However, most people seem to tolerate turmeric rather well.

DO NOT take therapeutic amounts of turmeric if you have high stomach acid, ulcers, gallstones or bile duct obstruction. If you have congestive heart disease of unknown causes you also should NOT take therapeutic amounts of turmeric.

If you have a blood-clotting disorder or are taking any prescription medications, consult your doctor before taking large doses of turmeric.
If you are breastfeeding, turmeric has a plant safety rating of 'B' May not be appropriate for self-use by some individuals or dyads or may cause adverse effects if misused. Seek reliable safety and dose information.

Turmeric by itself is not highly absorbed, so turmeric supplements or turmeric capsules frequently contain bromelain or piperine. Bromelain is a mixture of pineapple enzymes. Piperine is found in black peppers. Both compounds increase the absorption of turmeric.
A common turmeric dosage is 400-600 mg each day.

Turmeric Benefits and Use of Turmeric

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