Turmeric (dried) is handmade and is a staple in Indian cooking. It’s usually added to dishes towards the end of cooking time (after you sauté your onions) so that it doesn’t lose its flavor or medicinal properties. To earn organic certification, spices must meet strict criteria set by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), meaning that 95% of all ingredients used in a product must come from certified organically grown crops. Turmeric contains curcumin, which some research suggests may help treat autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Turmeric is also full of antioxidants that promote overall health. Curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and swelling in several health conditions, including arthritis.