Tumeric is an alternative spelling for the spice turmeric. The root of Curcuma Longa, or the turmeric plant, is harvested to produce the spice known as turmeric. The spice is used in a variety of culinary recipes especially as a component of curry. It has other uses in textiles, medicine and hair removal.

General Uses

Tumeric is commonly used as a spice in culinary dishes, but can be used as a dye as well as a treatment in traditional and alternative medicine.

Hair-related Uses

When mixed with sugar, turmeric is sometimes turned into a paste and used as a natural depilatory to remove hair.

Hair-related Side Effects

According to Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, animal studies have reported hair loss from turmeric.


Turmeric contains the component curcumin, believed to be a good antioxidant that will neutralize free radicals in the body.


For hair removal turmeric is turned into a paste, but it can be found as a powder, capsule or other forms.