Turmeric has been a part of my diet since as long as I can remember. Referred to as haldi in Urdu, it is used by my mother and grandmother in a variety of dishes, medicinal treatments, and cosmetics. I remember as a child whenever I’d get sick – I got sick often, a combination of asthma, a weak immune system, and various food allergies – my grandmother would take a warm glass of milk, add a heaping teaspoon of honey, and dust it with haldi powder before serving it to me. This beverage would sooth my aching throat, suppress my…

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