Turmeric, the common name, Haldi, is mainly produced in South Asian countries. Turmeric (Curcuma longa root) has been used medicinally as well as for its coloring and flavoring properties for thousands of years. This has primarily been used in the East. In India, it is a favorite spice for curry and is a household remedy. Turmeric oil also has many anti-viral and anti-inflammatory elements and is an effective pain reliever. It also can even out skin tone, reduce imperfections, and lighten hair. In addition to this, it can stimulate the mind and improve mood.
Turmeric oil is extracted by steam distilling the turmeric root. The oil is yellow in color and has fresh, spicy aroma.
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Turmeric oil can be used topically, through inhalation, in baths, and/or vaporizers. The potent anti-cancer component of turmeric is Curcumin. Curcumin, which is responsible for turmeric’s yellow color, is also its most active chemical component and have many beneficial effects including: Stimulating the immune system, Accelerating toxin elimination, Stimulating digestion, Stimulating blood circulation, Supporting the body’s natural healing processes. This essential oil relieves pain and inflammation, a powerful antioxidant, helps prevent free radical damage, gentle intestinal and liver cleanser.
In Chinese medicine turmeric essential oil is used to invigorate the Qi (life force) and to relieve chest, stomach and menstruation pain.
In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used for stomach problems, and as a general tonic. It blends well with Ginger, Heliotrope, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage.
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