Turmeric has a a warm and spicy taste and is used to season a variety of meat, dishes and beverages across Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Turmeric is also used to produce a deep yellow dye for coloring various textiles. Turmeric plays a part in ceremonial observances and the color is associated with the sacral chakra and fertility.
In India, it was traditionally used for disorders of the skin, upper respiratory tract, joints, and digestive system. Today, turmeric is promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, liver disease, depression, and many others.