Category : Essential Oils
What is turmeric? It is a perennial plant that belongs to the same family as ginger. It is native to south-east India, although it can be.grown in other parts of the world. It can be eaten fresh, but is usually found as a powder or an essential oil. The rhizomes of the plant are boiled, oven-dried, and then ground. The compounds within turmeric are called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the most important. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and it also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
As an essential oil, the oils are extracted from the rhizome and can then be taken internally or applied topically. Turmeric oil is very powerful, as it is extracted from a powerful healing herb. When analyzed turmeric oil may show the presence of 400-500 different kinds of molecules. What is even more amazing is that many of these molecules have receptor sites in our neuroendocrine systems too. Turmeric oil has been used with other essential oil such as Frankincense for making anti-inflammatory and pain relieving formulas.
In India the healing properties of turmeric have been known for many hundreds of years, although it was first used as a food dye, It a national favorite in curry dishes dating back centuries. Today, it’s widely used in yellow mustard and as a natural health supplement.
By weight, there is only around 3% of curcumin in turmeric, which isn’t enough to make any difference, so the best way to take this is by using a supplement. Curcumin isn’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream by itself. Black pepper helps: it contains piperine that will enhance curcumin absorption by 2000%. Curcumin is also also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal, or some coconut oil.
Curcumin has been studied extensively by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and other research centers, and has been shown to potentially be one of the most effective ingredients in the world for keeping you cancer free. Several of the most recent research studies published within the past few months show that curcumin can increase lifespan, protect the liver, promote tumor cell death in the deepest parts of individual cells, destroy lung and bladder cancer cells, lower blood cholesterol levels, is an anti-inflammatory, an antioxident, anti-coagulant, kill fungus, manage depression, lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance, improves endothelial function and protects the brain against cognitive and memory defects. There are very few side effects compared to conventional drugs for these conditions. Some people report allergic reactions to turmeric such as a mild, itchy rash. In addition, high doses of turmeric can cause indigestion, heart burn, nausea, diarrhea, increased risk of bleeding or menstrual flow and liver problems.People taking anti-coagulants like aspirin, coumadin and warfarin should be careful as well as those taking medications such as nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, be sure to use as directed and if you must be on prescription medications, don’t forget to include to include plenty of fresh, organic turmeric into your diet because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicine..
Turmeric can be used in many ways. The oil can be diluted and applied to the skin, added to your face mask or facial scrub or taken as a supplement. For healing and medicinal use, it is easiest to take in capsule form. The recommended dose can be anywhere from 500 -1,000 mg a day. You can add turmeric to your food, in soups or a marinade, or a rub when you grill. You can also drink it in a tea also known as “Liquid Gold.”. The recipe can be found here.