Turmeric is a natural preservative. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial. It is considered a powerful purifier by ayurvedic healers. It enhances the digestion, strengthens the liver and nourishes all the body tissues. Turmeric can either be sautéed in ghee or added to foods as they are being cooked. Ayurveda recommends cooking turmeric before you eat it.