White turmeric, also called Zedoaria or Amba Haldi, is native to Northern India. Compared to yellow turmeric, it has a lighter flesh and a flavor similar to ginger. It grows only during the monsoon season in the northern region of India in the Himalayas, and is harvested once per year. As a result, white turmeric is much rarer than common turmeric.
White turmeric has been widely known for centuries for its medical properties such as healing sore throats and its use in skin care.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. It keeps skin soft and smooth, fights acne and skin discoloration. When regularly applied, turmeric can reduce visibility of wrinkles and skin puffiness.
Due to its antiseptic effect, turmeric has been used to heal cuts and burns.
White turmeric is the preferred ingredient in topical cosmetics because it stains less than traditional turmeric.