TURMERIC ESSENTIAL OIL
A BETTER WAY TO USE THIS SUPER HERB?
ANCIENT MEDICINE COMES FULL CIRCE
Turmeric. Antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant, antiseptic, cardio protective and digestive. Study after study is finally showing the power of this little herb/root that the ancient peoples used centuries ago, and turmeric is quickly becoming the hottest topic in natural medicine as these studies conclude.
Have you ever noticed how in life things come full circle? We live in an age where humans are getting just ‘a little too big for their britches’, as mom says.
We left the ancient ways behind, believing that the knowledge of cultures centuries ago could not possibly compete with modern day science and big Pharma medicines.
Given the side effects of modern drugs, and the deaths of 61,311 people using prescription drugs correctly in 2017*, maybe we are not so smart after all. So lets take a look back to the ancients and how they used one of the most powerful herbs known.
To harness the benefits of turmeric we don’t have to douse everything we eat in turmeric, (some people don’t like the taste, hard to believe, I know…but whatever).
For optimal benefits, we would need approximately 2t a day in powder form, or we could also take it in pill form as a supplement. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking enough pill supplements already, so let’s take a look at an easier way to take advantage of the many health advantages of turmeric.
USING TURMERIC OIL FOR YOUR SKIN
Turmeric has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti fungal properties, so it is incredible for treating all kinds of skin related problems, including acne, blemishes, sunburn, and it can even be used in your anti aging routine!
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you realize that Pharmacutical companies think so much of this little herb, that they use it in anti blemish and anti scar creams? Lets bypass the middle man AND all the added chemicals, and apply 2 or 3 drops of turmeric oil in our daily moisturizing routine to lighten skin and fade blemish marks.For routine use on your skin: Mix 2-3 drops of turmeric essential oil to a carrier oil like coconut oil or to your daily moisturizer and simply apply to your face and neck. Since skin is a major source of microbial contamination, and since turmeric oil has antimicrobial properties, it will help prevent future break outs as well.
If you have a pesky blemish, try applying one drop directly on it. Even though it seems counterintuitive, the oil helps dry out blemishes and helps keep the area free from bacteria.
Sunburn? No, thank you. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that turmeric essential oil can not only protect you from the harmful effects of the sun, but if you’ve already overindulged, it can also sooth the redness and irritation of your sunburn by improving the hydration and sebum in the affected area.
Again, just mix a few drops with a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or argan oil and apply to your sunburn.
How can it help in anti-aging?
Because turmeric oil is brimming with so many antioxidants, it can keep your facial skin soft and supple, reduce fine lines and give your skin a nice glow. For this, use the oil on a 1:1 ratio. For example if you use 5 drops of carrier oil, use 5 drops of turmeric oil, and gently rub into your temple, around your mouth and anywhere else you are wrinkle prone. I just started doing this a week ago, and I can feel my skin is softer already, so I’m a believer! It’s too soon for me to give any anti wrinkle feed back, but I will in a few months. I’m not going to lie, turmeric essential oil is not the best smelling stuff I’ve ever smelled, but you get used to it. I usually apply it at night when I’m going to sleep, and the distict aroma of turmeric is gone in the morning
Turmeric oil for your hair
I will also add a few drops of turmeric oil along with another few drops of coconut oil, and rub it through my hair every time I wash it, and while it is still wet. It keeps dandruff away and the oil and turmeric oil together make an amazing hair conditioner.
I I found this to be truth when I accidentally used the same brush to style my hair that I had previously used to brush a heavy amount of coconut oil into my hair for deep conditioning. I had forgotten to wash the brush and accidentally used it while blowing drying my hair. The coconut oil that had remained on the brush made my hair so soft and silky.
Very hard to achieve when your hair is bleached. (speaking for a friend).
I have since added the few drops of turmeric oil after I found out that it also has over 300 biologically active compounds and antioxidants, so I know that by adding these 2 or 3 drops of turmeric oil along with the tiny bit of coconut oil to my hair its increasing growth and strength.
Turmeric oil for small wounds
Again talking about the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, turmeric oil can be used as a disinfectant for minor scrapes and cuts. Being one of the strongest anti inflammatory herbs we know of, it can reduce inflammation both inside, and outside of the body, so apply to a minor scrape, scratch or cut to help decrease the formation of scars and to prevent infection.
To use turmeric oil for small wounds, scratches or cuts, just apply 2-3 drops directly to the scrape or cut
Turmeric is potentially as effective as the drug PROZAC in treating depression.
A 2014 study reported that in a controlled trail of 60 patients divided into 3 groups, after a period of 6 weeks, curcumin, one of the compounds in turmeric, showed improvements similar to the drug Prozac.
Concluding that turmeric/curcumin is a side-effect free anti depressant, and turmeric hasn’t caused any accidental deaths as far as I know…I’ve never heard of a turmeric overdose anyway.
But how does it do this? Low levels of BNDF ( a gene that provides instructions for making a protein in the brain), can cause depression and other brain disorders. ONE of the active compounds in turmeric boosts these BNDF levels, as well as dopamine and serotonin to improve mood.
,How do we use turmeric oil for these benefits? If you are feeling anxious or a little low inhale it directly from the bottle, or you can rub it into your palms and breath deeply! Since I just sent my youngest son, my baby, off to college I’ve been sniffing my turmeric oil like a glue sniffing addict. And he’s only 45 miles away!
If you prefer a less direct way to inhale your turmeric, you can also diffuse it in your house by putting a few drops of oil in your essential oil diffuser. And since it contains the healing properties to combat symptoms of a cold or flu, it can reduce congestion and bronchial infections.
Turmeric oil for
Arthritis is the result of major inflammation of the joint lining and swollen joints and since turmerics ‘arc de triumph’ is being an amazing anti-inflammatory, it’s active compounds block inflammatory enzymes and chemicals that trigger joints to swell, as well as destroying free radicals that tear down cartilage.
But don’t take my word for it, I got this from a 2012 study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and curcumin was found to be more potent and effective than an anti-inflammatory drug, and even showed the highest percentage of improvement. And did I mention it doesn’t have side effects?
Another study found that curcumin was equal to ibuprofen for providing pain relief and mobility improvement for patient suffering from knee osteoarthritis.
So how do you use turmeric oil topically for joint inflammation? Mix 3-5 drops of turmeric essential oil with 1 t of a carrier oil such as moringa oil, which is also a proven anti-inflammatory, and massage well into painful joints and muscles twice daily. Well, we made it to the end of my article, but certainly not to the end of the miracle properties of turmeric! Read about it, do research, and then try it for yourself. But don’t wait until you get sick, use it everyday for prevention.
IMPORTANT: if you DO take ANY essential oil internally, please make sure they ALL say 100% essential oil on the bottle, and for turmeric in particular, make sure it says the proper name Curcuma Longa. I cannot stress this enough.
Do NOT use it internally (or topically) for medicinal purposes, especially if it says ‘fragrance’ anywhere on the bottle. ONLY buy essential oils labeled as ‘Theraputic grade’ as this means they are free of toxins and chemicals and are unfiltered and undiluted. Also make sure the are non GMO.
In conclusion, I encourage you to try turmeric in your culinary dishes, or look up the recipe for the famous Golden Milk, made with almond milk and turmeric spice with a touch of sweetener. Make turmeric tea! Do anything! Just utilize this little root/herb/spice as a preventative medicine and again, don’t wait until until you are sick. But even if you do, turmeric will be there for you then as well.
To read about the over 2,000 studies on turmeric as medication I suggest you go to a website call greenmedinfo.com. Its a wealth of information on all things natural.