Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants and is well known for its use in curries and other Eastern dishes. Its bright yellow color makes it useful for dyeing fabric, and it’s also used in decorative body work, particularly at Indian weddings, where the bride is often treated to a bridal mask. As part of this traditional practice, turmeric and milk are mixed together and applied to skin the night before the wedding—creating a golden glow that’s not only beautiful but said to ward off evil spirits.
The deeper we get into autumn, the more orange we see. The leaves change color and the local farmers’ market begins to fill with pumpkins and other orange foods and foliage. In the supplement world, though, people are seeing orange for a different reason.
The buzz is all about turmeric (Curcuma longa), the orange- and dark-yellow-hued spice which is native to India.
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