Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – Herb garden
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a perennial herb plant of the ginger family. It is used in leaf and root form, as a culinary accompaniment, in pickles, and in seasoning. It has also been used in alternative medicine as a key ingredient for its medicinal properties and beauty remedies.
Scientific Name: Curcuma longa
Common Name: Turmeric
How to grow and maintain Turmeric(Curcuma longa) Plant:
Curcuma longa will develop best with sun and shade. Ensure they don’t sit in the direct sun all day long.
You should plant Curcuma longa in rich, well-drained soil. There is no extraordinary soil to grow turmeric; you can grow it in any type of soil. The main thing that you have to consider is drainage of the soil. Clay soil won’t work for turmeric plant.
This plant requires consistent and adequate watering. Be that as it may, overwatering slow down growth. If you are growing your Curcuma longa in a container or in a garden bed, water just when you feel the is soil marginally dry to the touch. This will prevent leaching out of nutrients due to overwatering. If your Curcuma longa is grown in a sandy soil or if it is growing in a dry, low moistness region, water often or mist the leaves. In winter months, they won’t need as much water. Do not let your turmeric sit in water.
You can fertilize your turmeric twice every month or even week by week.
Harvesting suggests removing roots from the Curcuma longa plants. To begin with, you need to reveal the entire plant and afterward continuously clear the roots. You will come to know about the harvesting time by the looks of yellowing and shedding takes off. The plant usually matures in 9 to 10 months after planting. At this time, the turmeric rhizomes can be harvested.
Benefits of turmeric:
It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. It also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
It helps to regulate the female reproductive system and purifies the uterus and breast milk, and in men, it purifies and builds semen, which is counterintuitive for a pungent bitter.
Curcuma longa reduces fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, insanity, poisoning, cough, and lactation problems in general.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric(Curcuma longa) are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.