Indian Name : Haldi
Botanical Name : Curcuma longa
Parts Use: Root, rhizomes
is dried root that grows about 2 feet in length. The
turmeric plant is about 3 feet long with funnel-shaped
yellow flowers. Turmeric is bright yellow in color. It has
an earthy aromatic and spicy fragrance with slightly
bitter flavor. Turmeric is an important spice in India
having great religious significance.
While preparing the land, minimum tillage operations
may be adopted. Beds of 15 cm height,1 m width and of
convenient length may be prepared giving at least 50 cm
spacing between beds. In the case of the irrigated crop,
ridges and furrows are prepared and the rhizomes are
planted in shallow pits on the top of the ridges. Spacing
generally adopted is 45-60 cm between the ridges and 15-20
cm between the plants. Solarisation of beds is beneficial
in checking the multiplication of pests and diseases
causing organisms. The polythene sheets used for soil
solarisation should be kept away safely after the work is
preserved seed rhizomes free from pests and diseases which
are collected from organically cultivated farms should be
used for planting. However, to begin with seed material
from high yielding local varieties may be used in the
absence of organically produced seeds. For sowing, both
the mother - rhizomes and fingers are used. The fingers
are cut into 4 - 5 cm long pieces, and the mother rhizomes
are planted as such or split into two; each having at
least one sound bud. The seed is sometimes sprouted under
moist straw before sowing.
the time of planting 25 g powdered neem cake mix well with
soil is applied in each pit taken at a spacing of 20-25 cm
within and between rows. Seed rhizomes may be put in
shallow pits and covered with well rotten cattle manure or
compost mixed with Trichoderma (10 gm compost inoculated
with Tricoderma). A seed rate of 1000 kg rhizomes is
required for planting one acre of land. As an intercrop in
a fruit-garden seed rate may be as low as 125 - 200 kg per
acre. Turmeric can be planted during April-July with the
receipt of pre monsoon showers
conditions for growth
requires a warm and humid climate. It can be grown in
diverse tropical conditions from sea level to 1500mm above
MSL within a temperature range of 20-30°C with a rainfall
of 1500 mm or more per annum or under irrigated
conditions. Though turmeric thrives in different types of
soil ranging from light black loam, red soils to clayey
loams, rich loamy soils having natural drainage and
irrigation facilities are the best. Turmeric cannot stand
water stagnation or alkalinity.
can be cultivated organically as an intercrop along with
other crops provided that all the companion crops are also
organically grown. In some areas, turmeric is grown as an
intercrop with mango, jack and litchi and on the west
coast with coconut and are canut.
castor and pigeon pea are planted on the borders and on
irrigation channels to provide shade
Advice : The Best
time to buy this herb :
February to March
of Haldi / Turmeric
BRUISES and SPRAIN:
Apply bit of turmeric on cuts and scrapes after washing
them with cold water.
- Take 1 tsp turmeric powder with hot milk.
- Make a bandage of the following things and apply on the
wound: mix 4 tsp flour, 2 tsp turmeric powder, 1tsp pur
ghee, 1/2 tsp sendha namak (non refined salt) with water.
- Take 500 ml of water and boil it with 1 tsp sendha namak
and 1 tsp turmeric powder. Give fomentation to the bruised
part with a cloth soaked in this water. This will help get
rid of pain and swelling in that region.
- Dusting turmeric powder on wounds also helps in relieving
the pain and swelling.
- Apply the paste of turmeric and sesame oil on body to
- To avoid any kind of skin problems apply turmeric paste
before a bath.
- To cure itching take roasted turmeric with jaggery.
- To eliminate freckles and spots rub ground turmeric on
stone with the help of water and then apply this paste on
- You can also make a paste of ground turmeric with milk
of banyan or pipal and soak it overnight and then apply it
for 1 hour before bath. This will help in removing
freckles and also give glow to the face.
- Make a pudding of 2 tsp flour with 1 tsp ghee and 1 tsp
turmeric, 2 tsp sugar and 1 cup water and take this in the
morning it will halp in curing Utricaria.
- To get instant relief from acidity take turmeric powder
and salt in equal quantity with warm water.
- Taking curd or butter milk with turmeric after lunch
cures digestive problems.
- Grind 4 gms turmeric, 4 gms dried ginger, 2 gms black
pepper and 2 gms cardomom and take this mixture after
meals this will aid digestion and will eliminate
- Turmeric help in minimizing liver
damages caused by taking excess alcohol regularly or using
- Turmeric help relieve wound inflammation and in
- Turmeric helps in reducing cholesterol
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