Herbs Guide


Family Name: Zingiberaceae

Botanical Name(s): Curcuma Longa

Popular Name(s): Curcuma, Indian Saffron, Yellow Ginger, Haridra and Yu Jin.

Parts Used: Rhizomes

Habitat: Southern Asia. Cultivated in China, Bengal and Java.

Description: This is a perennial herb with a large rhizome and large leaves with yellow flowers and is a close relative to the ginger plant.

Uses: Turmeric has many health benefits. This herb can be used internally to assist with digestive problems and skin complaints, circulatory disorders as well as tumors in the uterus and menstrual problems. It is also indicated to help with painful menstruation. Furthermore it is used to treat liver disease and jaundice as well as colon cancer.