This post is part of the Chennai Bloggers Club’s CBC VIBGYOR BLOG TAG where some of us will write a post on the colors of VIBGYOR each day starting 1st of September to the 7th of September.
The color theme for today’s post is YELLOW !
I had actually planned only a picture post, as I am totally held up for time and the mad blogger in me doesn’t want to miss this opportunity to do a tag at CBC. But the recent posts by other bloggers, part of this CBC VIBGYOR Tag, made me think and I wondered that I was childish to do such picture posts, when issues are many to address.
The foodie in me can think of only Haldi or Turmeric or மஞ்சள் கிழங்கு, which is the basis for any of our South Indian cooking. Of course, many North Indian subzis too use Turmeric. The Bengali, Thai kind of cooking grind the whole Turmeric for their masala.
Now, quoting from Wiki : (Whenever I pronounce Wiki, I am reminded of VIKI from the movie I, Robot starring Will Smith – such an awesome movie, right ?? )
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) /ˈtɜrmərɪk/ is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. India and Pakistan are significant producers of turmeric which has regional names based on language and country. The name appears to derive from the Latin, terra merita (merited earth) or turmeryte.
Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes. Indian traditional medicine, called Ayurveda, has recommended turmeric in food for its potential medicinal value, which is a topic of active research.
In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its antimicrobial property. In the Ayurvedic system (since c. 1900 BCE) turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies. The active compound curcumin is known to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant,anti tumor, antibacterial, and antiviral activities, which indicate huge potential in veterinary and clinical medicine. In Chinese medicine, it is used for treatment of various infections and as an antiseptic.
I strongly recommend that you read through this page and watch the video, which explains all the medicinal properties of Turmeric.
We have such a wonderful plant, which is also a medicine that can be used for various kinds of treatments, but still we go for the synthetic equivalents. Isn’t it a sad state ?
There was also a case of patenting this amazing plant, which I guess India won it. What is given by nature is common to the whole mankind. Why this fuss to patent things, available in Nature ??
Not only turmeric, our ancient food culture uses many medicinal plants, herbs in day to day cooking, which are beneficial to our health in many ways. By adopting food eating habits with processed and synthesized foods, to match with the Western World, we are only inviting more health issues to us.
Let us think rationally and herald our own medicinal plants and herbs and use them more often in our day to day life.
Was that too much gyaan ??? Now, let us go to the picture post, which was planned before
The sunshine color, is aplenty around us !! And the camera loves this color too…
Chennai has its own charm with the colorful Yellow Auto I am just praying to get into an auto with revised rates and a proper meter, next time.
This picture, another one from my daughter’s play with the camera…love this one for the yellow light of the night lamp and the background yellow glittering lights…really cool
This one is from one of our vacations, where we had a lovely Bonfire to spend the evening. Love the play of fire and the interchanging yellow and orange shades…..looks amazing, right ?