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27 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Turmeric Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Turmeric is a famously relaxing, balancing oil often used to soothe swelling.

Turmeric Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Turmeric has been used for many years as a spice, a colourant, and a valuable medicine.

Used in Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine for around four thousand years, it soon spread throughout Asia and Africa, famous mostly for its impressive anti-inflammatory effects. It was later discovered by Marco Polo in 1280 and brought to Europe where it was prized for its medicinal abilities. Turmeric is incredibly effective at soothing swelling throughout the body and can also be beneficial for skin. It is important to remember, however, that turmeric is a staining oil and should always be used sparingly.

Turmeric essential oil soothes inflamed joints and muscles.

Turmeric has long been known to reduce inflammation. Its soothing components are able to block inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, reducing swelling and relieving accompanying pain. Turmeric is even considered to be a valuable natural cure for arthritis and was used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine for this purpose. A study in 2010 tested this ancient remedy and found that turmeric did indeed have an anti-inflammatory effect on joints, relieving symptoms of arthritis and allowing for better quality of life.

It’s beneficial for skin.

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory abilities also make it a great agent for calming inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or eczema. It is also an antibacterial oil, able to deeply cleanse skin and get to the root of issues. On top of this, turmeric is used by many to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When using turmeric oil for skin, it is important to be cautious. Turmeric is a staining oil and can leave skin yellow if too much is used. Make sure to only use a tiny amount of turmeric in a large amount of carrier oil when applying topically.

It can be good for mental health.

Turmeric is considered an uplifting oil and has even been shown to improve symptoms of depression. A study in 2016 tested the effects of a treatment using turmeric on patient with major depressive disorder. They found that the treatment was able to reduce symptoms of depression and lift mood. Furthermore, the oil also worked as an anti-anxiety agent, helping to treat not only the depressive disorder but the secondary symptom of anxiety that accompanied it.

It’s great for the liver.

The health of our liver can impact the whole body and so it is important to protect it. A study in 2015 found that turmeric oil was able to play a role in protecting the liver when it assessed the effects of turmeric against damage caused by a strong chemical called methotrexate. The fact that turmeric was able to protect the liver from methotrexate shows that it would likely be even more effective against everyday toxins. You can feel these effects by massaging a little diluted turmeric oil onto the stomach area.

    Soothing, balancing turmeric has an incredibly extensive history of use, and its applications haven’t changed much over the years. It is still valued for its ability to reduce pain and discomfort in the body and restore balance and harmony to the mind.

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