Turmeric, scientific name Curcuma longa, is a spice of the Zinziberaceae family well known and appreciated thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, digestive properties and its ability to support the immune system. From steam distillation of the rhizome of the plant the turmeric essential oil is obtained, that has all the benefits of the spice. Let’s see how to use this essential oil, that is to avoid during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in small children.
Joint pain, muscle pain, back pain and sciatica
Turmeric essential oil has an anti-inflammatory and painkilling action and can be used in case of joint pain, muscle pain, back pain or sciatica. Mix 2-3 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of sweet almond oil and apply on the part with small circular movements.
Fungus, cold sores
Turmeric essential oil has a powerful antifungal and antiviral action and can be helpful in case of athlete’s foot, other types of fungus, cold sores and warts. Mix a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and 5 drops of turmeric essential oil, stir well and soak a gauze. Apply the gauze on the part by making a small massage and leave to dry.
Wrinkles and acne, irritations of the scalp and dandruff
Turmeric essential oil acts against skin irritations, it regulates the sebum production and has an anti age effect. Against wrinkles you can add a drop of turmeric essential oil to the cream you use in the evening and massage until it has been completely absorbed. In case of acne and blackheads you can instead prepare a mask with green ventilated clay, two teaspoons of ventilated green clay, as much water as it is needed to obtain a cream and two drops of turmeric essential oil, apply on the face and wait for ten minutes, then rinse. For what concerns the health of the scalp and of the hair you can add a couple of drops of essential oil to the shampoo.
You can diffuse the turmeric essential oil in the room with an oil burner, it has a tonic, energizing and revitalizing action.