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8 Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

8 Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric might not be the most popular essential oil (or have prime real estate in the alphabetical order), but it continues to intrigue scientists and aromatherapists alike. Rich in antioxidants, Turmeric offers a wealth of wide-ranging benefits. Increased immune support? Check. Digestive health support? Check. Keep reading to discover the numerous health and lifestyle benefits that Turmeric can provide.

  1. High in Antioxidants: As you might have heard, antioxidants promote cellular health through the reduction of free radicals. While Turmeric isn’t the only free-radical-fighting essential oil, it is especially heavy in antioxidants that foster healthy cells and relieve oxidative stress, especially after rigorous physical activity. Give your body a little boost by diffusing Turmeric oil.
  2. Digestive Support: Finding the balance of a healthy digestive system can be hard work. This is where Turmeric can help. Whether diffused or topically applied (diluted first, of course), Turmeric has the potential to soothe stomach issues through its anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Joint Support: Because of its antioxidant nature, Turmeric can benefit your joints too. Exercising and being generally active takes a toll on your joints, but Turmeric aids in joint health by offering a concentration of antioxidants. After a long jog or intense spin class,dilute Turmeric and rub onto joints and sore muscles for a nighttime recoup.
  4. Anti-Inflammatory Aid: A staple of holistic healing in India for centuries, Turmeric has long been beloved for its anti-inflammatory properties. Active plant compounds (called phytochemicals) work to support healthy inflammation response in the body.
  5. Helps the Immune System: With Turmeric close at hand, your immune system has a friend. This essential oil features a bevy of antioxidants that can work to help your immune system ward off invading germs and free radicals. In short, Turmeric can give your body a fighting chance come cold season.
  6. Promotes Brain Health: The beneficial aspects of Turmeric don’t end with physical health. Here’s where we add mental health to the list. The aforementioned antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits also positively affect your brain. Like other parts of your body, inflammation in the brain can affect its function, and Turmeric can offer  relief.
  7. Liver Support: As the body’s main source of filtration, the liver comes across more than its fair share of toxins. Thankfully, our good friend Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that support the liver’s processes and help it function at its best.
  8. Lowers Cholesterol: As early as the 1990s, studies have confirmed that Turmeric spice can potentially lower LDL cholesterol. Specifically, Turmeric is able to aid in the liver producing less LDL cholesterol while also preventing the intestine from absorbing it as its cleared from out from the liver. Try incorporating Turmeric in your cooking and diffuse the essential oil in conjunction with this new culinary practice.

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21 Responses

Lisa

March 25, 2019

Great information! Thanks

Bridget Pacovsky

March 25, 2019

How many drops of Turmeric Oil should I use applied with carrier oil on my stomach for digestive issues and liver support?.
Thank you for your help

Edens Garden

March 21, 2019

Hi Wendy! You can apply it to the area of concern – for example, apply to the stomach for digestion, to the area of inflammation, on your right side near the liver, and diffuse for immunity.

Wendy H

March 21, 2019

Where would you apply it for specific reasons – digestive, anti-inflammatory, immunity, liver support, etc?

Edens Garden

March 20, 2019

Hi Amy! We don’t recommend internal use unless consulting with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.

Edens Garden

March 20, 2019

Hi Michelle! Turmeric blends well with Tangerine, and other citrus as well as Ginger, and other spices.

Edens Garden

March 20, 2019

Hi Ebony! This article seems to indicate the curcumin (not a constituent in Turmeric EO) has an anticoagulant effect which may interfere with blood thinners.

Edens Garden

March 20, 2019

Though we appreciate everyone’s concerns about steering away from essential oils that may cause drug interactions, research seems to indicate that curcumin (a constituent of Turmeric in spice and supplement form) interferes with warfarin and blood thinners/ anticoagulant medication. Rest assured, Turmeric in the essential oil form contains no curcumin and our current GC/MS report for Turmeric essential oil supports this statement. Furthermore, according to Essential Oil Safety by aromatherapist Robert Tisserand, one study showed that Turmeric essential oil taken orally (oral use is not a route of absorption recommended by Edens Garden) showed no significant changes in clotting time or bleeding time. He also writes that Turmeric EO taken orally may interfere with anti-diabetic medication.

Again, we appreciate everyone’s concerns and still recommend you check with your doctor before using Turmeric essential oil and essential oils in general especially if you are on medications or have health concerns.

Veronica

March 20, 2019

Can this oil be applied to the skin? I have heard of turmeric powder being used in face masks. Just wondering if oil would work because the power is so messy!

vicki

March 20, 2019

An acupuncturist told me that turmeric would help move out the darkness in the top of my foot where it looks like I have dried blood under the skin. The whole top of my foot is dark. Has anyone ever heard of this? I have some and like it but a happy to hear of these other benefits.

Melisa Whithed

March 20, 2019

Having your blood too thin can be extremely dangerous. A. Thank you for the reminder that anyone on warfarin (Coumadin) or other anticoagulants should steer clear of turmeric or curcumin. Although this spice has anti-inflammatory properties, it also can magnify the effect of these anti-clotting medications.May 24, 2015
People on blood thinners must avoid turmeric | The Seattle Times
https://www.seattletimes.com/life/…/people-on-blood-thinners-must-avoid-turmeric/

Jackie Jasinski

March 20, 2019

I just read on line that it should not be taken if you are on blood thinners as well. Again, this was read on the internet, so it needs to be researched a bit more.

Sheryl

March 20, 2019

Thank you!

Ebony N Huffin

March 20, 2019

David & EG:
Turmeric is a powerful blood thinner and if you are already on blood thinners, it is in your best interest to avoid turmeric supplements. A little in your diet is fine (i.e., curries), but a concentrated turmeric will not be in your best interest if you’re on warfarin.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/magazine/he-was-on-blood-thinners-and-supplements-could-he-still-have-had-a-stroke.html

KC

March 20, 2019

Judy, I read that you need to stop using it at least 2 weeks before any surgery. If Warfarin is a blood thinner that might be why you were told not to use it.

Amy

March 20, 2019

Can you ingest turmeric essential oil?

Michelle

March 20, 2019

When diffusing, what other oils would compliment the scent?

Edens Garden

March 15, 2019

Hi David! It sounds as though you may be allergic or sensitive to Turmeric. I would suggest checking with your doctor to ensure that this is not the case before continuing to use this oil topically.

Edens Garden

March 15, 2019

Hi Judy! The only possible drug interaction for Turmeric is with anti-diabetic medication. I have not heard of this oil effecting warfarin.

David Dahlin

March 15, 2019

I have a problem with itching when I apply Turmeric. Any Suggestions

Judy Komlodi

March 15, 2019

I have arthritis and my dentist sugessted Tumaric ; I’m on Warfarin and I was told I can’t take it!!?? If I diffuse it , will it help? TY