Turmeric is a spice used in Indian curries, but it also has healing properties, it is
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, with potential activity against arthritis and other inflammatory maladies
I have often used it, sprinkled on a cup of hot milk, to cure a very sore throat and laryngitis.
This was told to me by an Indian woman that owned a nearby shop. She also said that a hot curry, which contains turmeric of course, will cure the 'flu'. I have not tried that one because, although I love curry it does not like me!