The Turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) is a perennial flowering plant of the ginger family (scientifically, the Zingiberaceae family). In aromatherapy, turmeric essential oil helps promote positive feelings. The warm, earthy aroma of turmeric is grounding to the mind and emotions, and it can help promote feelings of relaxation. Turmeric is beneficial both internally and aromatically.
The plant grows about three feet high and produces both a flower and a rhizome (underground stem similar to ginger). It is this root-like underground stem that produces the yellow turmeric spice – the main spice in curry.
The essential oil is steam distilled from the turmeric rhizome sourced from India and Nepal. In fact, India has been the largest producer of turmeric since ancient times. Today, it is also found throughout the tropics.
Turmeric, is an ancient spice, celebrated for centuries as both food and medicine, is rich in curcumin the substance which gives Turmeric its vibrant color. The unique bright orange-yellow color of Turmeric makes it valuable as a dye coloring, but it is also an important spice in many dishes. Although widely known for its edible roots, all parts of the turmeric plant, including the flowers and leaves, are edible!
Both the oil and the root have been used in Asia for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric root and the essential oil have a long history that has inspired the modern uses today. Chinese and Indian herbalist have used Turmeric, for over 4,000 years. In ancient cultures, it was used in cooking as well as religious and health purposes.
The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used in cooking as well as religious ceremonies. Turmeric most likely reached China by 700 AD and Jamaica in the 18th century. It was called Indian saffron during the Middle Ages because of its orange-yellow color.
In parts of India, a dried turmeric tuber is used to create a “Thali necklace,” the equivalent of marriage rings in western cultures. Other parts of India tie turmeric tubers to the wrists of the wedding couple.
Turmeric Essential Oil Uses
Promoting positive feelings, Turmeric is beneficial both internally and aromatically. Use it daily to support healthy immune function and response along with healthy circulation. In addition to the many health benefits of Turmeric essential oil acts as a great addition to your favorite savory meals.
- Turmeric oil may help support a healthy nervous system, as well as cellular function. When you’re feeling like your nervous system is out of balance or needs calming, add Turmeric oil to coconut milk and honey for a delicious drink.
- The soothing benefits of Turmeric oil can be utilized by taking one or two drops in a Veggie Capsule. Doing this on a regular basis gives the body antioxidant support to protect it from free radical damage. It may also support healthy immune function as well as immune response.
- Give yourself a boost by diffusing Turmeric to provide an emotionally uplifting environment and thereby improve your mood.
- To better support your metabolism, take one to two drops of Turmeric in at least four ounces of water.
- This spicy oil is actually a wonderful oil to use on your skin. Customize your facial moisturizer by adding a drop of Turmeric before applying, to help support overall clean and healthy-looking skin. Turmeric can also be used as a spot treatment to reduce the appearance of blemishes naturally.
- Take advantage of the subtle spicy and peppery flavor of Turmeric by adding a drop or two to scrambled eggs or frittatas, plain rice, or soups. You can also add it to sautéed greens for a peppery flavor.
- Incorporate Turmeric oil into your recovery routine after strenuous activity for a soothing experience. Massage a few drops Turmeric and Fractionated Coconut Oil into your skin where you need relief.
Primary Benefits of Turmeric Essential Oil
- Helps support healthy glucose and lipid metabolism
- Helps support healthy nervous and cellular function
- Has been shown to increase curcumin potency and absorption
- May promote healthy immune function and response
- When diffused, Turmeric provides an emotional lift and may help improve mood
- Supports clean and healthy-looking skin while reducing the appearance of blemishes
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Turmeric Essential Oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oil blends, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Turmeric Essential Oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Turmeric oil.