Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is one of the most well-known, widely researched, and commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world and is used in Ayurveda to balance vata, pitta, and kapha, Turmeric, the vibrant yellowish/orange powder that comes from the root of the perennial Curcuma longa plant, has been used for centuries throughout Asia. It has a particular affinity for the blood, and is thereby able to circulate its powerful health benefits throughout the body. One of the main healthful ingredients in turmeric is curcumin and the antioxidant content within curcuminoids help protect your cells from free radical damage. Turmeric has been considered to be “skin food” for thousands of years in India and other cultures. It cleanses your skin and maintain its elasticity, provides nourishment to your skin and acts as your one-two punch against normal aging with its skin promotion and antioxidant capabilities.