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 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!

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  1. Thanks for this information. I use turmeric when I have a sore throat. I mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of turmeric and eat it. It always helps:-)

    1. Hi. We are unaware of the use of turmeric essential oil aromatherapy for knees. You can mix turmeric essential oil with a suitable carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil and apply it topically for relief. Apply it 1-2 times a day. Please conduct a patch test prior.

  2. Could you please give a more detailed information about how exactly to use turmeric essential oil on skin cancer? My husband has a spot on the top of his forehead that looks like it could be basal cell carcinoma. Can he use an undiluted oil or dilute it with coconut oil? If so, what ratio? How many times a day? I would appreciate your help.

    1. Hi. We have an article on topical turmeric for cancer and here is the link for you to read:

      About topical application of turmeric oil it is best to mix 1-2 drops of turmeric oil with a sufficient quantity of pure coconut oil (depending upon the area affected). 2-3 times a day is advised in case of regular topical application. However we would suggest consulting a health practitioner prior.

  3. I am confused. I read that the most effective dose to take for inflammation is 5000mg of Crude Turmeric Essential Oil. Where do I find that? How is that different from the organic Turmeric essential oil I find on Amazon? Also, I read that Turmeric is not easily absorbed into the body, thus supplements need to have black pepper or something similar to boost absorption. Is that the same for using the essential oil form? Will I need to take black pepper too? Any clarification you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Connie. Please confirm the authenticity of the source from where you have read that ‘the most effective dose to take for inflammation is 5000mg of Crude Turmeric Essential Oil.’
      We have not heard of any company selling crude turmeric essential oil. Also we would advise you not to use it. Go for authentic turmeric essential oil that has been prepared under GMP settings. Many elements of turmeric oil are extracted after utilizing chemical procedures and they are generally a by product in turmeric/curcumin processing companies. So please opt for a good quality turmeric essential oil which is free from contaminants and have received good reviews as well.
      Turmeric oil does not contain curcumin, and black pepper is required only to enhance the bio-availability of curcumin. So there doesn’t seem to be a need of black pepper consumption with turmeric oil. However since turmeric oil is concentrated, please mix it in a beverage before consuming.

    1. Hi Dorothy. Thank you for your feedback! You can also consider making a paste of turmeric with coconut/olive oil for topical application.

  4. So turmeric oil doesn’t contain Curcumin or tetrahydrocurcumin
    I thought that is the case
    But the constituent info in this webpage doesn’t indicate them
    Pls clarify

    1. Hi. Yes turmeric oil does not contain curcumin or any curcuminoid. One of the main components of turmeric oil is ar-tumerone.

  5. 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.

      1. Hi. There is no specific ratio as such. Depending on the area affected take sufficient amount of base oil (preferably coconut or olive oil) and add 2-3 drops of turmeric oil. Conduct a patch test prior.

        1. What is a sufficient amount? A cup, a teaspoon? You can see that it would be nice to get a better feel for what “sufficient amount” is.

  6. Hello ! Thanks for all the informations. Hope you a great day ! You can find Organic turmeric oil at Union Nature in Canada. They sell all over the world in bulk or in small bottles from their own brand : Divine Essence. Therapeutic grade HE oils !!!


  7. i sell turmeric in large quantities and also in bits, i sell fenugreek seed,black seed and henna powder, based in nigeria. call +2347082300220

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


          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