By now, you’ve probably heard about the many benefits of turmeric. Turmeric is a powerful Indian spice that’s known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits, and it’s often touted as one of nature’s most potent superfoods. But besides using turmeric to flavor your favorite stews and curries, you can also reap the benefits of this spice by using turmeric essential oil.
How Turmeric Oil Benefits Your Health
Essential oils are one of the best ways to get the most out of what nature has to offer, and this is especially true for turmeric. Specifically, turmeric oil may be an effective treatment for degenerative brain conditions. Research shows that consuming turmerone, an anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric oil, prevents the activation microglia, which are cells located in the brain and spinal cord. Because activation of microglia is typically considered a sign of brain disease, scientists have concluded that turmerone could be an effective treatment against neurodegenerative brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s dementia.
Along with its anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, turmeric oil may also reduce inflammation in the joints. In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to treat joint conditions like arthritis because bioactive compounds in turmeric have shown to block inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Recent studies have shown that consuming turmeric can help reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. One study even showed that consuming turmeric oil resulted in less joint inflammation and pain in animal subjects.
Turmeric oil may also have protective effects on the liver. As our most vital detoxifying organ, our liver health affects our entire body. As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric may protect the liver from serious oxidative damage, and it’s been considered by many health experts to be a powerful liver cleanser. One study showed that after administration of turmeric oil, antioxidant enzymes in the blood of subjects were significantly increased. Even more specifically, turmeric oil also showed a major effect on the antioxidant enzymes in liver tissue after 30 days of treatment.
On top of all this, turmeric oil can be used for so much more. In fact, science tells us that it may be an effective complimentary treatment option for anxiety, depression, and several types of cancer. As for the best ways to use it, there are a few. You can consume turmeric essential oil for inflammation by adding a drop or two to a glass of water or a teaspoon of honey. Just be sure that you’re using a high-quality oil like this one from DoTerra (Buy on Amazon, $36.99), and of course, check with your doctor first. You apply the oil topically for pain and stiffness directly to the skin. Perform a test patch on a small area first to check for adverse reactions. To combat issues like anxiety, try it as an aromatherapy by diffusing it in a diffuser.
Turmeric is one of those plants that has truly proven to be a gift from nature. We hope that this information will help you get the most of all it has to offer.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.
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