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What Are the Main Uses of Turmeric or Turmeric Curcumin?

Sunil Kumar

Turmeric powder, or turmeric curcumin, is a spice that was found thousands of years ago in India. Sometimes also known as "Indian solid gold," turmeric spice was originally found in South Asia and is cultivated from the Curcuma longa plant. Turmeric powder is known for its rich golden color and its sharp and natural flavor. 

Turmeric spice can be used in a variety of different dishes, although it tastes best in egg dishes like scrambled eggs or poached eggs, homemade salad dressings, soups, stews, and roasted vegetables. Just toss your favorite veggies in a bowl with some coconut oil for a healthy side dish. Besides cooking, turmeric powder can be used as a dye for fabrics! 

A popular way to use turmeric powder is to mix it with warm almond milk, but other types of milk work fine as well. This mixture is called "golden milk," and not only does it taste delicious, but it boasts many benefits. Other spices and additives can be added to gold milk as well, like honey.  

How to Use Turmeric Powder as a Dye?

Turmeric Dye

Tumeric has a long history of use as a dye. One of the latest trends in beauty is using turmeric as a dye—it’s even been featured in Teen Vogue. Turmeric is one of those ingredients that has so many benefits, and you probably already have some turmeric in your kitchen.

Turmeric is best used as a natural dye. It yields a warm golden color on any un-dyed fabric, wool, or silk. Unfortunately, since this is an all-natural dye, the color will not last very long and will fade fast no matter what you try to do to stall the process. Still, this is a fun do-it-yourself project and can add some color to your wardrobe. 

  • The first step to dying fabric with turmeric spice is to boil water in a large pot until it is simmering.
  • Once the water is simmering, you will add ¼ cup of turmeric to ¾ cup of turmeric, depending on how bright you want your yellow color to be. 
  • Then you will place the fabric in the pot of boiling turmeric and water and leave it in the mixture for at least one hour. 
  • When you are ready to drain the pot, place the fabric in a colander and drain the water. The amber color may stain, so you might put a plastic covering down in your sink if it is porcelain. 
  • After draining the pot, rinse your newly dyed golden fabric with cold water until the water has stopped running yellow and is running clear. 
  • Next, dry your new golden fabric. 
  • Make sure you wear gloves and an apron when dying clothes using turmeric powder to avoid your hands and clothes becoming stained. 

When you are going to wash your turmeric powder-dyed clothes, make sure they are washed with colored items or alone in case the colors run.

To make tie-dye shirts, tie the shirts up with rubber bands. Complete the same process, but once the fabric is dry, unwrap the rubber bands to reveal a cool and stylish tie-dyed design. 

Any leftover turmeric powder dye you may have can be stored in a sealed glass jar for approximately two weeks. 


Turmeric is a yellow spice that originated in South Asia thousands and thousands of years ago. The turmeric powder has a peppery and earthy flavor and aroma and is perfect with eggs and vegetables. Be careful though, a little bit of this spice goes a long way, so do not have a heavy hand when adding turmeric spice to your next dinner dish. Dying clothing items using turmeric is a great way to save money. If you have a white outfit you wore to an event, dying it yellow with turmeric powder will give you virtually a whole new outfit! 

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician's advice. Please consult with your health care professional before buying this product.