Life’s Aches and Pains – Turmeric

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This post was most recently updated on December 5th, 2018

Everyone could use a little help with

Life’s Aches and Pains

That is our Essential Oil focus for April. First off, Turmeric.

 

Turmeric

Latin Name:
Curcuma aromatica, Curcuma domestica, Curcuma longa 
*Steam Distilled Essential Oil
 Usually known as a common spice, and is a major ingredient in curry powder.
Its primary active ingredients, curcuminoids, are yellow and used to color foods and cosmetics.

Turmeric is made from the rhizomes (underground stems) and roots of the Curcuma longa plant.

The plant is  Native to South India. It is related to ginger and grown throughout India, other parts of Asia, and Central America.

Traditionally, in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine it has been used to treat arthritis.  Turmeric’s active components are known to block inflammatory cytokines and enzymes.  That’s why it’s known as one of the best essential oils for arthritis around!

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For Life’s Aches and Pains here is a long list of “antis” associated with  Tumeric!

  • antiworm                                                        
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-tumoral
  • antibacterial
  • antiallergic
  • antimicrobial
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • antiparasitic

 

 

One of the reasons we featured it for Life’s Aches and Pains!

Turmeric also helps with the common cold, pain relief, hair loss, and detoxing the body.

And a few more!

  1. Known to help improve liver health
  2. Good for depression
  3. Strong relaxant and balancer
  4. Promising anti-cancer effect

The benefits of Turmeric have been, and still, are being studied, and while not fully conclusive, the results have been encouraging.

  • The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has studied curcumin ( found in Turmeric) for Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate and colon cancer. 1
  • There are Cancer Research Studies being done using TUMERIC ESSENTIAL OIL,  and many are showing promising results in animals!

 Companion Oils: 

Ginger, Cinnamon, Ylang Ylang, Blood orange, Grapefruit, Vanilla, and Cardamon.

And, Some people use Turmeric Oil in combination with essential oil of Frankincense to accentuate its anti-inflammatory effects.

Use:

Use Turmeric Essential Oil topically (with a carrier oil),  or in aromatherapy candles, vaporizers, bath salts and more.

Using topical methods and inhalation can both introduce it into the human body.

There are several cautions when using Turmeric Essential Oil, Please read them and be aware!

Cautions

This is a very potent oil use sparingly and always dilute for topical use.  Can make your skin sensitive to UV light.

***If you are diabetic do not use without consulting your doctor as it can interfere with some diabetic medicines!

Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes.

PLEASE Keep away from children and out of their reach!

Do not use if pregnant or nursing!

It will stain your clothes and skin.

Be sure to cut with a carrier oil, and do a patch test before using for the first time to check for any sensitivity

Turmeric CO2 Extract Organic 100 mL Do you use Turmeric Essential Oil?

          Do you use any other form of Turmeric?

Leave a comment below and let us know if you have a favorite way to use, or a blend using Turmeric Essential Oil!

 

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References:

Turmeric/NCCIH – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric/ataglance.htm

 

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