Turmeric - Curcuma longa

Turmeric, also known as curcuma, is a perennial herb that belongs to the ginger family.  Turmeric has a very long history of medicinal use as well as cooking and religious ceremonies.

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County of Origin India
Botanical Family Zingiberaceae
Therapeutic Properties Analgesic, antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, bactericidal, cholagogue, digestive,diuretic, hypotensive, rubefacient, stimulant
Chemical Family Sesquiterpene
Approx. Shelf Life 2 years
Plant Parts Rhizome
Note Classification Top | Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Black Pepper, Ginger, Sweet Orange, Spike Lavender, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Cajeput

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History: There is over 133 species of curcuma worldwide. Has many medicinal properties like strengthening the overall energy of the body, dispelling worms, improving digestion, relieving gas, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones and arthritis.

Characteristics: Yellow to dark orange.  Has a spicy odor similar to ginger and galangal.

Clinical Studies: Most studies involve curcumin, which is not found in the essential oil.  For the studies that involve the oil, are antidiabetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial activity, antinociceptive activity, gastroprotective activity and hepatoprotective activity. 

Indications: Digestive problems and liver congestion, and treatment of arthritis and rheumatism

Subtle Aromatherapy: Warming,, helps dispel cold conditions associated with the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

Mode of Administration: Bath, compress, massage, ointment, and inhalation

Safety:  Turmeric essential oil has a GRAS status. It's non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2017
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopedia Britannica. USA, 2014
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Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease. 
All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  
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