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What is Turmeric Oil Good for?

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Turmeric Oil Benefits

Turmeric oil is extracted from turmeric, which is very well-known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-malarial, anti-tumour, anti-proliferative, anti-protozoal and anti-ageing properties. Turmeric essential oil is an extremely impressive natural health agent exactly like its source which appears to have some of the most promising anti-cancer effects. 

Turmeric benefits also come from its health-enhancing vitamins, phenols and other alkaloids. Turmeric oil is considered to be a strong relaxant and balancer for the body. According to Ayurvedic medicine, this incredible herbal remedy is meant to support the imbalance of Kapha body types.

Here are some of the most amazing ways turmeric essential oil can boost your overall health.

  1. Helps Fight Colon Cancer

A study conducted by the Division of Food Science and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University in Japan showed that the aromatic turmerone (ar-turmerone) in turmeric essential oil as well as curcumin, the main active component in turmeric, both showed the ability to help fight colon cancer in animal models, which is even promising for humans struggling with the disease. The combination of curcumin and turmerone when ingested at both low and high doses actually eradicated tumour formation.

  1. Helps Prevent Neurologic Diseases

Studies have shown turmerone, a major bioactive compound of turmeric oil inhibits microglia activation which is a type of cell located throughout the brain and spinal cord. Activation of microglia is a tell-tale sign of brain disease so the fact that turmeric essential oil contains a compound that stops this harmful cell activation is very helpful in the prevention and treatment of the brain disease. 

Turmeric essential oil’s aromatic turmerone is believed to be a promising natural way to support the regeneration required to improve neurologic diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury and stroke.

  1. Potentially Treats Epilepsy

The anticonvulsant properties of turmeric oil and its sesquiterpenoids (ar-turmerone, α-, β-turmerone and α-Atlantone) have been shown in both zebrafish and mouse models of chemically-induced seizures. More recent research has shown that aromatic turmerone has anticonvulsant properties in acute seizure models in mice. The turmerone was also able to regulate the expression patterns of two seizure-related genes in zebrafish. 

  1. Helps in Arthritis and Joint Issues

Traditionally, turmeric has been used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for treating arthritis as turmeric’s active components are known to block inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. That’s why it’s one of the best essential oils known for arthritis.

Studies have shown turmeric’s capability to help lessen pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

  1. Improves Liver Health

Turmeric is well-known for its ability to improve liver health. The liver is our most vital detoxifying organ, and its bad condition affects the entire body. Studies have shown that turmeric is hepatoprotective (liver-protective), which is partially due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory activity. Some research published in BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine specifically looked at methotrexate (MTX), an antimetabolite which is broadly used in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases, and the liver toxicity caused by MTX. The study showed turmeric helped shield the liver from MTX-induced liver toxicity, working as a preventative liver cleanse.

  1. Helps Combat Breast Cancer

A research 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. Turmerone also remarkably inhibited TPA-induced invasion, migration and colony formation in human breast cancer cells. It’s a highly significant finding that components of turmeric essential oil can inhibit TPA’s abilities since TPA is a potent tumour promoter. 

  1. May Reduce Some Leukemia Cells

One study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine looked at the effects of aromatic turmerone isolated from turmeric on the DNA of human leukaemia cell lines. The research showed that turmerone caused selective induction of programmed cell death in human leukaemia Molt 4B and HL-60 cells. However, the turmerone unfortunately did not have a similar positive effect on human stomach cancer cells. This is promising research for ways to fight leukaemia naturally. 

  1. Relieves Depression and Anxiety

Turmeric essential oil is considered to be a strong relaxant and balancer, and studies have shown it can help to fight against two very common mood disorders, depression and anxiety. As an effective essential oil for anxiety and depression, it may enhance mood and positive feelings.

  1. Improves the Common Cold

Turmeric essential oil’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial capability can really be very beneficial for the nasal congestion that typically accompanies the common cold. Add a few drops of turmeric oil to a diffuser or bowl of hot water and inhale the vapours to quickly release your stuffy nose. Inhaling turmeric essential oil also helps fight the germs that lead to a cold.

  1. Boosts Skin Health

Various people use turmeric oil or turmeric powder for skin whitening and lightening, which is a good idea as using turmeric topically has been shown to reduce the visibility of hyperpigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles. With its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can also be used as a natural acne treatment.

Take Away

Turmeric oil can be moderately toxic and irritant when consumed in high doses. It should be used in moderation for a very short period of time.