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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is better known as a spice than an essential oil. Turmeric essential oil may have some of the same benefits as the powdered spice, but don't assume research showing the benefits of turmeric (or curcumin) powder also means the oil has those same benefits.
Plant family: Zingiberaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the dried roots (rhizomes). Note: A leaf oil is available but not common — the components and properties of the leaf oil are different from those of the root oil.
Aroma: Spicy, earthy.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Base
Is turmeric essential oil safe to use during pregnancy? Sources disagree. Consult a professional.
Is turmeric safe for children? Probably, properly diluted. Consult a professional.
Cautions: The bright orange color might stain clothes and other surfaces.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Uses of turmeric essential oil include help helping relieve gastrointestinal conditions, indigestion, stomach cramps, intestinal spasm, general aches and pains, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use turmeric to promote circulation in muscles and joints, including to help relieve arthritis, muscle aches and pains, and rheumatism. Digestive system uses include helping relieve sluggish digestion and liver congestion.
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols: The oil helps relieve pain and acts as an aphrodisiac.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Turmeric is a warming stimulant, helps relieve the pain of rheumatic conditions, and acts as an aphrodisiac.
Aromatics: Turmeric essential oil may help break cycles of chronic worry. The oil's comforting effects may also help relieve sore muscles and joints and help the body naturally restore itself.
Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice: In Ayurvedic medicine turmeric is bitter, astringent and pungent, and hot. This oil balances the doshas but an excess can aggravate Vata and Pitta. The oil is used to purify and protect.
Turmeric oil may help dry out breakouts and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Source: Eden's Garden
Blend these ingredients in a glass container:
Source: Rocky Mountain Oils
Add these essential oils to a two-ounce squeeze bottle:
Fill the bottle with jojoba oil. Shake to mix well.
To use: Massage a small amount of the blend into sore muscles.
Source: Eden's Garden
Photo Credit: Root and powder: Simon A. Eugster, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Turmeric plant: Rajaramraok at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons