The turmeric plant is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It grows in southeast Asia, with India being its primary producer. Its orange-yellow roots are the most commonly used part of the plant, which contain curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Smoked turmeric is a popular addition to herbal smoking blends and can be smoked in a pipe, bong, joint or vape pen. Turmeric has been shown to have some nicotine-like effects in small amounts, but it can also irritate the lungs. If you're considering trying smoked turmeric, we recommend speaking to your healthcare practitioner first.
Inhaling turmeric smoke has been a traditional home remedy in India for nose and chest congestion, and for soothing coughs. It is also believed to improve respiratory health and reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. However, scientific studies have yet to support these claims.
The turmeric root (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) has been a staple of food in many cuisines throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. It has a distinctive flavor profile and a beautiful color, and it is used for pickles, salad dressings, rice dishes, curries, fish soups and cakes. It is also a common ingredient in natural remedies, such as the Indian system of healing called Ayurveda.