Turmeric is native to Asia. The turmeric plant grows to a height of about 3 feet and has yellow flowers. The root is bright-orange with a thin brownish skin. The rhizomes provide the spice. Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger and is also known as Indian saffron.
The plant was called Indian saffron during the Middle Ages because of its orange-yellow color. The dye is used to color cosmetics, foods, confectionery, fabrics and paper. Turmeric oil can stain light colored clothing so be sure to dilute it well.
Turmeric oil offers a number of health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in reducing joint pain and supporting your body's overall wellness due to having a high level of antioxidants. Turmeric offers a warm and calming support for reducing pain and aiding in reducing inflammation. Turmeric essential oil has also been known to improve digestive health, support a healthy immune system and even lower LDL cholesterol levels. Add turmeric oil as an ingredient to a DIY face mask or experience its anti-inflammatory effects with topical application. This essential oil has more health benefits than most people would think, so why not give it a try.
Botanical Name: Curcuma longa
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Rhizome
Blends Well With: Tangerine, and other citrus; Ginger, and other spices
Aroma: Earthy, warm, and spicy with a curry-like aroma
Color: Bright Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Turmeric essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Turmeric and 1 tablespoon of 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Turmeric essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- There are a few ways to use Turmeric essential oil for skin to enjoy its full benefits effectively, including 1.) Dilute it to 1% by combining 6 drops of Turmeric and 1 oz of carrier oil or unscented lotion. Apply it topically as a skin-nourishing moisturizer. Alternatively, use this blend as a facial order by applying it to the face and neck as the last part of your skincare routine. 2.) Create an on-the-go roll-on by adding 6 drops Turmeric in a 10 ml roll-on, then top off with carrier oil. Apply to pulse points such as the neck and wrists.
- Turmeric essential oil offers several benefits that can improve your every day. Antioxidant-rich, Turmeric oil helps support the immune system when inhaled using an essential oil diffuser. Applied topically, it soothes pain and inflammation, making it a worthy aid to those with arthritis. Its earthy and exotic aroma can also enhance positivity and total relaxation. Uniquely soothing, a few drops of Turmeric added to your shampoo or conditioner can reduce the look of dandruff. Additionally, skincare lovers adore Turmeric for its ability to reduce the look of aging skin and promote even skin tone.
- Turmeric essential oil (Curcuma longa) is also commonly known as curcumin. However, Turmeric oil does not actually contain curcumin because steam distillation (the way in which Turmeric oil is obtained) removes it. However, Turmeric essential oil contains many of the same properties as curcumin. For example, Turmeric oil is antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, soothes joint pain, improves skin health and protects the body. Diffuse 10 drops per 100 ml of water daily to enjoy its benefits.
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BITE AID: In a 30 ml amber glass bottle add: 3 drops of Turmeric, 4 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Lavender and 1 ounce aloe vera gel. Apply 2-3 times a day or as needed to assist the body's natural process of relieving insect bites. (1.2% dilution) LINIMENT: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Turmeric, 5 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops of Peppermint and 8 drops of Copaiba; fill with Jojoba oil then shake to mix well. Apply a small amount of this mixture to sore muscles and massage into the skin. (1.7% dilution) SPORTS MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 4 drops of Turmeric, 6 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Chamomile (Roman) and 5 drops Helichrysum; fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Massage into sore muscles. (1.7% dilution) More from the blog: