What is Turmeric Oil? And where does turmeric oil come from?
Turmeric is a rhizome that belongs to the same family as another powerful medicinal healer, ginger. Originating in Madagascar, turmeric is a bright yellow root that gets its intense colour from a compound called curcumin, which itself has been researched upon to reveal a wide variety of health benefits. Turmeric also contains more than 400 documented compounds and substances, with many other substances that have still not yet been recognized in the medical field. It is a powerful healer with incredible potency and has been used since ancient times for food and healing.
Turmeric root is dried and cured, as well as powdered before sale and usage for common daily consumption. It has a bitter, pungent taste. For the extraction of turmeric oil, steam distillation of the roots is carried out from a solvent such as hexane. This process extracts the oils from turmeric, which contain the potent compounds that make turmeric oil highly valuable.
Here are just some of the many benefits of turmeric oil;
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Benefits of Turmeric Oil in Everyday Life
Turmeric oil is used in aromatherapy, massage and perfumery. Turmeric oil has a mild spice note and blends harmoniously with cistus, clary sage, ginger, ylang ylang oils. Turmeric oil has a warm, deep and slightly woody aroma, not much different from the powder itself. In massage and aromatherapy it is used also for its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties.
2. Skin & Cosmetic Uses
Turmeric oil is used in many skin creams and lotions for its cosmetic benefits. Here are some of the properties of turmeric that make it highly beneficial for skin:
- Fights bacterial and fungal infections on skin and hair, as it is highly anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
- Anti-acne: Turmeric and turmeric oil are both widely used for the treatment and cure of acne and pimples. Its anti-bacterial properties fight pervasive acne in both teenagers and adults.
- Prevents hair loss: Apart from providing relief to general hair loss, research has shown that turmeric oil is even effective against male pattern baldness, which is often written off in the medical world as a non-curable phenomenon.
- Keeps away wrinkles & promotes youthful skin: The high amount and variety of antioxidants found in turmeric make it a powerful anti-aging remedy that fights wrinkles and fine lines as well as promoting supple and youthful looking skin.
- Reduces swellings and puffiness in skin, as it is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Renews skin cells: Turmeric oil is a cell renewer and regenerator, and on skin, helps reveal new and younger, more radiant skin beneath.
- Soothes sun burned skin, and relieves redness and swelling.
- Skin lightening: Turmeric or haldi is used popularly in skin lightening and brightening. New brides are often rubbed with turmeric before their wedding day to reveal radiant and bright looking skin.
- Facial hair removal: Coupled with gram flour/chickpea flour, turmeric is used for the removal of facial hairs and baby hairs on the legs and arms. With repeated use, this remedy can be used to weaken the hair follicles of light hairs on the body to prevent regrowth of the hairs.
Various studies have been conducted to provide evidence that turmeric is good for arthritis and inflamed muscles and joints. Research shows that compounds in turmeric oil show significant improvements in patients with osteoarthritis, pararllel to other widely used artificial drugs such as iboprofen, which may have unpleasant side effects. Turmeric oil is an all natural medicine to heal inflamed joints. Research also supports that turmeric is good for preventing and reducing inflammation in the eyes.
4. Digestive Properties
Turmeric oil is rich in many compounds such as zingeriberene and 6-gingerol, which are highly effective against digestive disorders and complaints. It helps fight gas and bloating in the digestive system. It also prevents ulcers in the stomach. Research also shows that turmeric can reduce diarrheoa, stomach pains and other symptomes of those suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
5. Culinary Use
A commonly used spice in continental cooking, turmeric is often used in soups, curries and even rice to give a subtle pungent flavor as well as for its bright, popping yellow colour. It is also used in the food industry for natural food colouring, among others.
6. Liver Health
Turmeric oil is particularly beneficial for liver health as it is rich in a compound called A-Tumerone that supports healthy functioning of the liver.
7. Anti-cancer Properties
Popularly known for its anti-cancer properties, turmeric and turmeric oil are used in both conventional and traditional medicine for its potency against tumors and cancer. Applying turmeric oil on topical wounds caused by cancer has also found to be relieving and useful in cancer patients. Turmeric oil is high in many anti-oxidants that fight free radicles and therefore prevent cancer.
Caution when using turmeric oil
Please ensure that you are not allergic to turmeric oil before use. Always dilute turmeric oil with a carrier oil before application on skin. Make sure you have organic turmeric oil for internal consumption. Never take turmeric oil directly, but dilute it with other substances such as water or milk. Do not take more than 3 – 5 small drops of turmeric oil per day. Turmeric oil is very potent, always discuss with your doctor before usage during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for babies. All rules and precautionary measures taken for any other essential oils apply for turmeric oil as well.
Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on May 31, 2015:
The effect on turmeric on liver is very helpful. Liver is one of the critical organs that people and even doctors neglect.
anglnwu on May 31, 2015:
Great information. In Asia, some women use the fresh turmeric paste as a facial mask to get rid of acne and promote healthy skin. The only problem is it does leave a yellow sheen to the skin after. I try to eat fresh turmeric as often as I can and I'm glad you've listed many health benefits.
Karine Gordineer from Upstate New York on May 31, 2015:
Great hub! I'm an herbalist and love writing and reading about herbs and anything health related. I work with Tumeric fairly often but you listed a few things I did not know. when you refer to Tumeric oil are you referring to the essential oil or the infused oil? I voted up, Useful and Interesting!