Used in India and parts of Asia for thousands of years, turmeric hails from the Zingiberaceae plant family, and has been used as a spice to flavor and color food but also as a medicinal herb. The Turmeric essential oil has a huge range of health benefits and uses, including its ability to reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, strengthen the immune system, prevent hair loss, stimulate, and improve the health of the skin among many others.
Given all of these beneficial components, it’s no surprise turmeric essential oil has been shown to hold the following key health benefits.
1. FIGHTS ACNE NATURALLY
turmeric made into a paste and applied to acne-prone areas can destroy the bacteria that cause inflammation and remove excessive oil from the skin. Turmeric possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial in treating acne.
2. HELPS PREVENT NEUROLOGIC DISEASES
Turmeric oil contains a compound called turmerone that stops harmful cell activation, which is hugely helpful for the prevention and treatment of brain disease.
3. POTENTIALLY TREATS EPILEPSY
The anticonvulsant properties of turmeric oil and its sesquiterpenoids (ar-turmerone, α-, β-turmerone and α-atlantone) have previously been shown in both zebrafish and mouse models of chemically-induced seizures.
4. AIDS IN REDUCING ARTHRITIS AND JOINT ISSUES
Studies have shown turmeric’s ability to help reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
5. IMPROVES LIVER HEALTH
Studies have shown that turmeric is hepatoprotective (liver-protective), which is partly due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory activity,
6. HELPS COMBAT BREAST CANCER
Research published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry showed that the aromatic turmerone found in turmeric essential oil inhibited undesirable enzymatic activity and expression of MMP-9 and COX-2 in human breast cancer cells.
7. MAY REDUCE SOME LEUKEMIA CELLS
One research showed that the turmerone caused selective induction of programmed cell death in human leukemia Molt 4B and HL-60 cells.
8. RELIEVES DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Turmeric essential oil is considered to be a strong relaxant and balancer, and studies have shown it can help fight against two extremely common mood disorders, depression and anxiety.
9. IMPROVES THE COMMON COLD
Turmeric essential oil’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial ability can really come in handy for the nasal congestion that typically accompanies the common cold. Inhaling turmeric essential oil also helps fight the germs that caused your cold in the first place.
10. BOOSTS SKIN HEALTH
Many people use turmeric oil for skin lightening, which is a great idea because using turmeric topically has been shown to decrease the appearance of facial hyperpigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles.