Benefits of Turmeric Essential Oil

Turmeric has been known for thousands for years for its amazing health promoting properties. There are various ways one can use turmeric, using turmeric essential oil (obtained from turmeric root) is one of them. Extraction pulls out all oil friendly compounds from turmeric root. Turmeric essential oil then can be used in various ways to provide benefits against inflammation, muscle pains, etc.

Turmeric oil is very powerful and packed with rare compounds as it is extracted from such a powerful healer herb. When analyzed turmeric oil may show the presence of 400-500 different kinds of molecules. What is even more amazing is that many of these molecules have receptor sites in our neuroendocrine systems too.

Constituents of Turmeric essential oil

As already discussed turmeric essential oil contains hundreds of molecules, but its main constituents are:

  • Sesquiterpene alcohol – 50%
  • Zingeriberene and other Sesquiterpene hydrocarbons – 30%
  • d-a-phellandrene – 4%
  • Cineol – 3%
  • d-sabinene – 2%
  • d-borneol – 2.5%
  • Valeric acid – 0.1%

The constitution varies based on turmeric used and also method.

Benefits and uses of turmeric oilturmeric essential oil

Turmeric oil can be taken orally or applied externally. Here are some uses of turmeric essential oil.

Anti-inflammatory: Some turmeric oils are 60-65% alpha-curcumene (a Sesquiterpene hydrocarbon). This is also the main constituent in turmeric root which gives turmeric its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric oil has been used with other essential oil such as Frankincense, Plai, etc. for preparing anti-inflammatory and pain relieving formulas.

Arthritis and joint problems: Turmeric oil has been found useful for arthritis and joint care. It also helps in muscle pain.

Industrial usage: Turmeric oil is used as spice in food industry. It is also used in pharma industry where it is used in making anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiseptic (and more) drugs / ointments.

Digestion related: Zingeriberene and 6-gingerol are main compounds present in turmeric oil which help in bringing digestive system in order and also stops formation of gas in gastrointestinal tract.

Benefits to liver: Ar-turmerone, a compound present in turmeric oil is known to support liver and keep it healthy.

Anticancer : Turmeric and turmeric oil both are now known to have anti-cancer properties.
Skin and hair: turmeric oil is also known to help in preventing hair loss, especially male pattern baldness. This action is also attributed to its anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric oil is also used in many skin care formulas to make skin look younger.

Other health promoting properties of turmeric oil: As with turmeric, turmeric oil is also anti-allergic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral and antiworm. It is also considered to be good antivenom.

Precautions while taking Turmeric oil

As with all essential oils basic precautions should be taken with usage if turmeric oil too. This is a very highly concentrated form and thus excess can cause problems. Do not take more than 5 drops of turmeric oil orally. It is best taken with water / tea/ honey.

In case you plan to use turmeric oil on your skin, do a patch test first and see if there are any reactions. Turmeric oil makes your skin more sensitive to UV light, thus use in small concentrations (less than 1%) if you plan to go out in sun within 48 hrs of application.
Pregnant women should always use turmeric oil (or in fact any essential oil) after due consultation with their doctor. 

Please feel free to share your experience with turmeric essential oil with all of us by commenting!

27 Comments

  1. Is there anyone interested to acquire turmeric oil and powder from Nepal ? It will great support to under-privileged and low income countryside people to uplift their life through farming and selling turmeric, ginger etc. Nepal needs reformation in agriculture because more than 80% people depend in agriculture, They work hard almost 365 days 18 hours a day but difficult to sustain their life from the agricultural income. So that someone need to have attention in order to uplift life of poor people… Thank you.

  2. Hello ! Thanks for all the informations. Hope you a great day ! You can find Organic turmeric oil at Union Nature
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  3. i sell turmeric in large quantities and also in bits, i sell fenugreek seed,black seed and henna powder, based in nigeria. call +2347082300220

  4. I have been advised to use Tumeric paste on my horses sarcoid and internally. Because of the amount she needs(2tblmorning and evening) I was wondering about using the oil , any advise greatly appreciated

    1. have you tried thuja homeopathic remedy works well for sarcoid… we had success..not sure about using turmeric essential oil in paste its very strong..

    2. I have used Be Young, Young Living, and Mountain Rose Herbs. They do not add ‘filler’ into their product. I have used products from all three companies successfully. As far as using Turmeric internally MRH recommended not using Turmeric internally; Be Young recommended talking to your health advisor; Young Living had no recommendation. I had great success with my dog in her last year of life using Frankincense in a diffuser. It helped us in so many ways! Good Luck!

    3. For sarcoids, curcumin is required to combat the inflammation and enhance healing. Therefore its best to give your horse the Golden Paste and apply turmeric paste (without black pepper) topically.

  5. Hi. My name ia amina from indonesia and i sell turmeric, caemferia, galanga and curcuma oil. Pls check on my web. Thank you

  6. Good day all,

    I have 40tons of pure tumeric oil export quality US standard ready for sale. Any takers. Kindly contact me at nigel28031975(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. hi keshav this is mukesh madhur. u give very imp. informations. are u in the turmeric trade. if so plz contact me.

    1. The turmeric has helped me so much I could shout to the rooftops!! Love the breakdown into components:

      Sesquiterpene alcohol – 50%

      Zingeriberene and other Sesquiterpene hydrocarbons – 30%

      d-a-phellandrene – 4%

      Cineol – 3%

      d-sabinene – 2%

      d-borneol – 2.5%

      Valeric acid – 0.1%

      But my question is about the elements contained in Cucurmin, as opposed to Whole Spice. Is there any of these that do not make it into the extract? or is the Extract a good concentrate of the entire set of components?

      Mukesh Madhur I would be interested in knowing more about the Turmeric trade.

      thanks!!

          1. Hi, sorry we do not have recommendations as far as oils are concerned. Can you please check your local medical store or maybe online portals for the same?

          1. Hi dear, am Nigerian n sell natural oil. I macerate tumeric with coconut cold pressed coconut oil to get tumeric oil so pls Is there a better methods

          2. I macerate with sunflower n coconut n Tumeric root to get turmeric oil, plz is there any better way? Thanks

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