Turmeric Powder is mainly used as a coloring agent in Indian cooking. But it has many medicinal value and in India it is used as a anticeptic for cuts, burns etc.. Turmeric is currently used in the formulation of some sunscreens. Turmeric paste is used by some Indian women to keep them free of superfluous hair. Turmeric is widely used as a spice in Indian and other South Asian cooking mainly for its medicinal value and for its color.
Its available in most of the Indian Grocery stores - nicely packed and sealed.