John Tuerk- “Newman”
Geo 3427 Plants, Health, and Spirituality
Second take home essay exam
Explore the origins and uses of turmeric. Mention items in the presentation of Anisha
Mehta and Rafael Yaniz.
Tumeric( Curcuma longa) a plant native to south Asia is used in many parts
of the world for various uses. The plant grows wild in forest of south East Asia.
.Commonly used as a spice in curries, turmeric is also used for its yellow color for
dyeing. Part of the ginger family the active ingredient curcumin, is best known for
Indian saffron and as an alternative to the expensive saffron spice.
In Pakistan it is used for its anti-inflammatory properties, and also has been
used to treat cuts, burns, ace creams, vitamin e, and as an antibacterial. Mentioned
in the presentation, turmeric was given to Anisha’s little brother to get rid of an
allergic reaction to milk and wheat.
2. Examine the various uses of St. Johns Wort. Where is the plant native to and in which
country is it most used and for what? Mention items in the presentation of Ethan
St. John’s Wort (
, also known as Tipton’s weed is
indigenous to Europe, but is now introduced to many temperate areas of the world
growing in meadows. The perennial plant is often used for treatment of depression,
especially in Germany it is prescribed to children and adolescents for treatment of
mild depression. It is also used to treat anxiety, upset stomach, insomnia, fluid
retention, and hemorrhoids. It is also used topically on skin for the treatment of
nerve and muscle pain, wounds, and burns. Some of the negative side effects of St.
John’s Wort include sensitivity to sun light, rash, and constipation.
The plant is native to Europe, West Asia, North Africa, Madeira and the
Azores, and is naturalized in many parts of the world, notably North America and
Growing rapidly and ravenously the plant is toxic to cows and sheep.