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Curcuma longa



Description: The large aromatic rhizomes (roots) of this small perennial plant are one of the most common food flavorings and colorants in Asian cuisine. Turmeric is one on the five primary Buddhist incense ingredients and also the traditional coloring for the robes of Buddhist monks.


At wedding ceremonies in Indonesia, the bride and groom tint their arms and waists with a dye of turmeric.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Synonyms: Curcuma aromatica (wild turmeric), Curcuma domestica, haridra, yellow root

Origin: native to India, Southern Asia

Parts Used: dried rhizomes (roots)

Aroma Description: spicy, fresh, peppery, woody, pungent and bitter; reminiscent of ginger and galangal with a hint of sweet orange

Emotional Attributes: rejuvenating, strengthening, cleansing/purifying

Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy, also used as a dye in cosmetics

Culinary Uses: an essential ingredient of curries and curry powder

Medicinal Attributes: research has shown significant anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting properties, a bitter astringent herb which stimulates the uterus, digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems. Used to treat digestive and circulatory disorders, uterine tumors, jaundice, liver disease, and menstrual problems. Also an anti-inflammatory for asthma and eczema and to reduce risks of strokes and heart attacks. etc.

Element Association: Fire

Magical Associations: Healing

Astrological Association: Aries, Scorpio, Leo

Planetary Association: Mars, Saturn

Season: Summer

Aromatic Note: Middle note

Essential Oil: Yes, a steam distilled essential oil is made, sometimes sold as Curcuma oil, as is a less common absolute and oleoresin

Mixes Well With: aloeswood, borneol camphor, cardamomcassia, cedar-red, clove, cinnamon, coriander, galangal, ginger, iris root, labdanum, nutmeg, sandalwood, star anise, etc.

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