The healing properties of turmeric date back before the second century CE/AD to the Charaka Samhita, the ancient texts of Ayurveda. Today, turmeric is celebrated as both a culinary and medicinal staple. Turmeric is famous for its anti-inflammatory effects, though it also has antibacterial, antioxidant, and even potential anti-tumor properties.
Among its many traditional uses, turmeric has been used to beautify and heal the skin. Encouraging anecdotes have prompted many skin-related clinical trials, including for eczema, sunspots, radiation-induced dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, vitiligo, and psoriasis.
What makes turmeric so healthy?
Although turmeric contains at least 100 identified constituents, its medicinal components have been identified as curcumin (a popular supplement extract) and a range of volatile oils (available as essential oils). Turmeric essential oil is sought out for do-it-yourself skin support products. Preclinical studies have identified the potential of turmeric essential oils for conditions such as psoriasis (having an anti-inflammatory effect) or even some skin cancers (larger trials are needed).
What’s the deal with turmeric essential oil?
Turmeric essential oil is made by isolating and concentrating the aromatic oils from the whole turmeric root. Its aroma is spicy, earthy, and warm, providing a soothing, uplifting, and balancing experience. The turmeric oil scent is subtle when compared to citrus, yet it lingers around for longer. For some mixing magic, turmeric blends well with cardamom, ginger, frankincense, lavender, sandalwood and, tangerine. NOW® 100% Turmeric Essential Oil has tested high in a constituent called turmerone. A preliminary study has demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of tumerone and its potential relief for conditions such as psoriasis.
How can I use turmeric essential oil?
Since essential oils are highly concentrated, they should always be diluted with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, almond, etc.) before applying to the skin. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon, have a very small margin of safety and are best avoided for the novice. Turmeric, on the other hand, is generally safe, even for those with sensitive skin. A suggested dilution is 2 to 3 drops of turmeric oil per 1 tsp (12 mL) carrier oil. You can also add a few drops of turmeric oil to any existing products (such as a shampoo, face mask, or face cream). Turmeric oil is not generally visible on the skin, but it can stain clothing.
DIY Age-Defying Skin Serum
- 2 tablespoons aloe soothing gel
- 1 tablespoon rosewater concentrate
- ½ tablespoon Argan oil
- 2 drops NOW® frankincense oil
- 1 drop NOW® turmeric oil
- 1 drop NOW® lavender oil
Mix all ingredients and apply a small amount morning and night.