Some of its primary traditional uses include easing stomach pains, reducing inflammation, restoring the kidneys and detoxifying the blood. Research has validated some of the traditional uses of turmeric, but not all.
Turmeric Essential Oil Benefits
Turmeric is effective on a range of medical conditions such as arthritis, the common cold or cough, infection, inflammation in tissues, diarrhea, rheumatism etc. It is quite well known to cure open or deep wounds and sepsis. The oil is also many times used for the treatment of arthritis when infused in an ointment.
Research shows that turmeric oils can help to:
- Scavenge free radicals and other radical agents;
- Promote new cell production and growth;
- Encourage natural healing mechanisms;
- Accelerate the elimination of toxins;
- Strengthen the immune system;
- Increase blood flow;
- Improve digestion;
Turmeric essential oils may also help to naturally control blood pressure and decrease cardiac workload. The cardio-protective effects of turmeric oil and other turmeric extracts continue to be studied.
Instructions for Use
The turmeric is a common additive or coloring agent in food and curries prepared in India. It is also used in ointments made for arthritis for very effective treatment.
History and Additional Information
Turmeric has been used in India from ancient times and has been a perennial part of Ayurvedic medicines. First it was used as a coloring agent for cloths but later on medical professionals of India found its medical properties. It is basically a rhizomatous plant of the ginger family which produces yellow colored roots. The leaves of the plants are also used by making a paste that is applied over wounds or skin allergies.
- Latin/Botanical Name: Curcuma Longa
- Other Names: turmeric, haldi
- Family: Zingiberaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Roots
- Place of Origin: India
Characteristics of turmeric essential oil
- Odor/Fragrance: The essential oil produces a fresh, spicy and woody aroma
- Color: Yellow
- Aroma Strength: Mild
- Consistency: Liquid, Mobile
- Note: Base
Blending Suggestions: Turmeric essential oil has a distinctive aroma and properties, therefore, it should be blended properly. It blends well with ginger, ylang ylang, clary sage and cistus.
Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: Turmeric is known to cause skin irritation if taken in large doses or undiluted.