A couple years ago at a local farm, I purchased a small container of turmeric, not really knowing what it was used for. Turns out I bought one of the best medicinal herbs out there!
Turmeric is: "A bright yellow aromatic powder obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family, used for flavoring and coloring in Asian cooking and formerly as a fabric dye." Google Dictionary
Turmeric is a great immune booster. When cold season is upon is, and especially when colds begin, I add turmeric to homemade chicken soup for an added immune boost. I also fill capsules with turmeric to take as an immune boosting supplement.
Currently, my household is using turmeric in capsules as an anti-inflammatory to treat ulcerative colitis. I also add turmeric powder to orange juice (yeah, I know, orange juice isn't the most healthy thing to drink, but it is chock full of vitamin C and a great mask for turmeric) and give it to my oldest child who has bronchitis.
Other benefits include:
There is also an entire website about the health benefits of turmeric!