6 Ways Turmeric Essential Oil Supports a Healthy Body

Written by Marnie Clark

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Turmeric, the bright-orange root so frequently used in the cuisine of India and Asia, has been a revered cooking ingredient for centuries. Modern research, however, is also delving into its incredible array of health-promoting benefits of turmeric. According to National Institutes of Health, “Today, turmeric is used as a dietary supplement for inflammation; arthritis; stomach, skin, liver, and gallbladder problems; cancer; and other conditions [1].”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial herbaceous plant from the Zingiberaceae family, the same plant family as ginger. The word “turmeric” comes from the Latin “terra merita” meaning meritorious or sacred earth. The aroma of turmeric essential oil is very much like the freshly cut root − rather spicy, a little sweet, with undertones of earthy and woodsy.

Turmeric essential oil is many times more concentrated than the powdered herb. It’s made from the plant’s underground roots, called rhizomes, and is extracted from the rhizome by steam distillation.

Both powdered turmeric spice and turmeric essential oil are a bright yellow or orange in color due to the pigment curcumin. Curcumin is one of the principal healthy components of turmeric and is what gives the color to curries and mustard and is even used for dyeing fabric.

You’ll sometimes hear the terms “curcumin” and “turmeric” used interchangeably, but keep in mind that curcumin is only one of many compounds found in the turmeric plant.

The Phytochemical Profile of Turmeric Essential Oil

Turmeric essential oil is bright yellow orangeThe phytochemical (plant-based, all natural components) content of turmeric essential oil is surprisingly complex. Over 300 phytochemicals contribute to making turmeric essential oil an excellent choice for supporting overall good health.

The major phytochemicals in turmeric oil are ar-turmerone (20-25 percent), alpha-turmerone (18 percent), beta-turmerone (12-13 percent) and curcumin (2-5 percent). The first three are classed as sesquiterpenes − molecules which help to carry oxygen in the body.

Other special phytochemicals found in turmeric oil include zingiberene (sesquiterpene), beta-caryophyllene (sesquiterpene), eucalyptol (a monoterpene, which helps to reprogram DNA), alpha-phellandrene (monoterpene), beta-sesquiphellandrene (sesquiterpene) and curcumenol [2]. There may well be many other phytochemicals in turmeric essential oil which have yet to be identified and studied.

Historical Use of Turmeric

Turmeric has been used for millennia in ancient healing traditions. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine it has been used traditionally to warm and strengthen the entire body, as a blood purifier, digestive aid, to eliminate worms, improve intestinal flora, and relieve gas.

It is also used in India as a liver and gallbladder cleanser and strengthener, to normalize menstruation, to relieve arthritis and joint swelling, for sprains, burns, bruises, cuts and insect bites, for soothing coughs, easing asthma symptoms, as an antibacterial and antifungal agent.

In traditional Chinese medicine turmeric has been used for indigestion, sore throats and colds, liver ailments, and for wound healing.

6 Ways Turmeric Can Support Good Health

While there are a myriad of traditional uses for turmeric, here are six ways that turmeric and/or turmeric essential oil can be used to support general health and well-being:

#1. Promotes Clear, Unblemished Skin

The antiseptic and antioxidant properties of turmeric essential oil make it a wonderful acne fighter. It is also known to reduce facial hair, and combined with lemon juice, helps to naturally lighten hyperpigmentation of the skin.

A study published in the Dec 2011 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that skin creams with Curcuma longa extract have photoprotective effects, which means protection against effects of the sun.

According to the study, “Ultraviolet radiations generate reactive oxygen species, leading to adverse effects on skin properties. Botanical extracts are multifunctional in nature having various properties like photoprotection, anti-aging, moisturizing, antioxidant, astringent, anti-irritant, and antimicrobial activity [3].”

The researchers reported their results as being that: “The photoprotective properties of the constituents of C. longa extract and hydrant, moisturizing lipid components of nano vesicles with better skin penetration resulted in improvement in skin properties like skin hydration and sebum content [4].
raw honey can be mixed with turmeric essential oil and applied as a face maskTip for Use for Acne: Do a patch test in a small inconspicuous place on your inner arm prior to trying this to ensure you don’t have a sensitivity to turmeric essential oil.

In a glass mixing bowl combine two drops turmeric essential oil with one to two tablespoons organic raw honey. Mix well and apply to face as a mask. Leave on for 15 minutes and then wash off. While you wait, wash anything the paste came into contact with as it can stain (be sure to protect your clothes!).

A quality turmeric oil mixed with raw honey is gentle, nourishing, and helps promote smooth, unblemished skin. The honey should also help to keep the turmeric from staining the skin, although it’s a good idea to also test the paste first on the inside of your wrist before applying to your face. For best results use the mask no more than 1-2 times per week.

#2. Supports Well-Functioning Joints

Doctors from Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic traditions have used turmeric to address joint issues for centuries. Many recent studies have investigated turmeric’s ability to impact the pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

One study of note published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in August 2016 was a joint effort by Korean and American researchers. These researchers analyzed all of the randomized clinical trials that had been done to the date of the article.

The researchers stated that the results of the trials “provide scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of turmeric extract (about 1000 mg/day of curcumin) in the treatment of arthritis [5].”

It’s important to note that the researchers also stated that “more rigorous and larger studies are needed to confirm the therapeutic efficacy of turmeric for arthritis [6].”

#3. Improves Mood and Sense of Well-being

Turmeric essential oil has a long tradition of use for its relaxing and mood balancing properties. Try diffusing some turmeric essential oil into the air while praying, meditating, reading, at bedtime, or anytime you want to feel more calm and relaxed.

Research has shown that consuming curcumin (the key compound in turmeric) may also be beneficial for improving mood and happiness levels in those suffering with depression and anxiety.

In a 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers “hypothesised that curcumin would be effective for the treatment of depressive symptoms in individuals with major depressive disorder [7].”

Here’s the methodology the researchers used: “In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 56 individuals with major depressive disorder were treated with curcumin (500 mg twice daily) or placebo for 8 weeks. The primary measure was the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology self-rated version (IDS-SR30). Secondary outcomes included IDS-SR30 factor scores and the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) [8].”

After the 8-week study was completed, they reported the following results:

“From baseline to week 4, both curcumin and placebo were associated with improvements in IDS-SR30 total score and most secondary outcome measures. From weeks 4 to 8, curcumin was significantly more effective than placebo in improving several mood-related symptoms … Greater efficacy from curcumin treatment was identified in a subgroup of individuals with atypical depression [9].”

#4. Helps With Digestive Issues

Turmeric is considered to be exceptionally helpful with digestive problems. It has been used to help relieve gas, and promote healthy digestion and elimination.

#5. Supports a Healthy Liver

Turmeric is highly esteemed in holistic medicine for its ability to support liver health. Since the liver is the main organ of detoxification, keeping it in tip-top shape is vital for good health.

#6. Supports Oral Health

Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) is a pathogen in the mouth that’s believed to be associated with the progression of periodontal disease. The aim of a 2016 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research “was to substantiate the antimicrobial activity of various essential oils; eucalyptus oil, chamomile oil, tea tree oil and turmeric oil against P. gingivalis [10].”

After testing various concentrations of the essential oils against P. gingivalis, the researchers concluded that “At 100% concentration all the tested oils possess antimicrobial activity against P.gingivalis with eucalyptus oil being most effective followed by tea tree oil, chamomile oil and turmeric oil [11].”

Precautions When Using Essential Oils

Only Use Quality Oils:

The quality of essential oils available on the market is widely varied. Always ensure you are using high quality essential oils, preferably organic.

It is important to discover whether the maker of an essential oil uses organic growing methods, knows how to distill the oils so that they contain the essential phytochemicals, and avoids the use of toxic chemicals when growing the plants and extracting the oils. Always purchase essential oils from a trusted source. Cheaper is not always better.
Carrier oils for essential oils include olive, coconut, and almond oil


It is recommended to use an organic carrier oil like olive, jojoba, almond, coconut, hemp, or argan to dilute prior to putting any essential oil on the body.

Using a carrier oil aids in absorption, does not affect the potency of the essential oil, and increases the cost-effectiveness of using essential oils for health.

Keep Oils Away From Sensitive Areas:

Never apply essential oils anywhere near eyes, inside ears, or too close to sensitive regions of the body. If this happens by accident, use a carrier oil to dilute − water will not help!

Do a Patch Test Before Using an Oil for the First Time:

Before applying any essential oil, perform a patch test on a small area of skin such as the inside of the elbow. This is important for anyone, but especially critical if you have sensitive skin.

If a reaction occurs, dilute essential oils heavily with an organic carrier oil like olive oil, jojoba, almond, coconut, hemp, or argan oils and test again.

For Babies and Children:

Be very cautious when using essential oils with or around babies and children. They have delicate skin and their bodies are much smaller than adults. Always dilute heavily and seek guidance from a qualified healthcare practitioner before using.

In Pregnancy:

Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy. Low doses of turmeric are considered to be safe during pregnancy, but caution should be exercised when using full-strength turmeric oil.

One or two studies showed that consumption of turmeric might stimulate the uterus (the worry being that could possibly increase the risk of premature birth or miscarriage).

However, other studies have demonstrated that curcuminoids actually have a relaxing effect on uterine muscle. While contradictory, what is known is that millions of pregnant women in India and Asia have taken small amounts of turmeric in their daily diet for centuries, without any adverse effects being reported.

Always remember that essential oils are much more concentrated than the whole plant materials they’re extracted from. Therefore always exercise caution when using them − especially when pregnant. Dilute heavily and work with an experienced healthcare provider.

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Marnie Clark
Marnie Clark has studied natural medicine for over 25 years. She is a breast cancer survivor since the early 2000s and a breast cancer coach for the past decade. Marnie is passionate about empowering others on how to make their bodies hostile terrain for cancer development through nutrition, detoxification, mind/body techniques, energy medicine, and other healing protocols. You can find her at her website.

Article Summary

  • Turmeric is used as a dietary supplement to support the body in coping with a wide variety of health conditions.

  • Curcumin is one of the principal healthy components of turmeric and is what gives the color to curries and mustard and is even used for dyeing fabric.

  • The phytochemical (plant-based, all natural components) content of turmeric essential oil is surprisingly complex.

  • Over 300 phytochemicals contribute to making turmeric essential oil an excellent choice for supporting overall good health.

  • In traditional Chinese medicine turmeric has been used for indigestion, sore throats and colds, liver ailments, and for wound healing.

  • 6 ways Turmeric can support good health:

    • Promotes clear, unblemished skin
    • Supports well-functioning joints
    • Improves mood and sense of wellbeing
    • Helps with digestive issues
    • Supports a healthy liver
    • Supports oral health

Reader Interactions


  1. This is all ok if you have no immune issues. Turmeric is Th2 dominant, and if you have Th2 dominance as an issue as I do, you cannot use this for inflammation. This should be clearly stated in the post.

  2. Turmeric Essential Oil works but how do you use it. I take some oil in a jell cap, some I rub on, some I breath in. For stomach problem I would assume to ingest it. How much do I take to be effective. I need it for artheritic too.

  3. Can Magi essential oil be taken orally. It’s very confusing as to which essential oil can and cannot be taken orally.

  4. I LOVE turmeric – although I understand those on blood thinners or those with active gallstones should steer clear. But I really love this one. That’s funny too, because when I try to tell people I believe it was the gold (because the thought of giving a holy being physical cash just never seemed right to me right from childhood), they look at me as if I’m nuts – which is fine by me, btw 🙂

  5. And I nearly forgot to say – thank you for this great article on turmeric – there seems to be always more to learn about this wonderful gift of medicine.

  6. It would be helpful if you would give suggestions of application for each instance. I would like to share with a Sjogrens group but many are unaware of how to use EO’s. How to apply to mouth for instance or ingest for digestion.

      • DoTerra promotes unsafe usage of essential oils, particularly casual internal use, such as drop of orange essential oil in water daily. They do not provide adequate or even accurate education. And I have a DoTerra Wellness Advocate account, so I do have some knowledge on this. Please consult with a licensed Aromatherapist for therapeutic use of essential oils, particularly if you have any chronic health conditions and if you are taking prescription medications . There are many essential oils – as well as herbal supplements – that are contraindicated depending on individual health conditions. A great resource is Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young’s book Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition, published by Churchill and Livingstone in 2014.
        I am a student in the Master Aromatherapist program by Demetria Clark through Heart of Herbs. So I do take this issue seriously.

        • I thank you heartily for this important advice and your willingness to share your knowledge. I believe it is essential to combine the wisdom of both worlds. We have been given both traditional and natural treatments to work together. I seek an integrative doctor and he offers me great support while allowing me to make my own choices.
          Thanks again for your great advice.

  7. I had the whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer Nov. of 2012 so gallbladder and other parts were removed along with tumor. I was left positive for pancreatic tumors in my peritoneal cavity and use frankincense oil, sandalwood and cinnamon oil on my tummy area, feet, under arms. I also use it on my neck and left breast where I have cysts due to a previous dental issue (root canal drainage). Would it be safe for me to use this blend externally on my body? I take Natural Factors double strength theracurmin every day (curcumin) as well. I would love to use this product but want to make sure I won’t harm myself first. Thank you!

  8. how do you actually use it? Rub it on skin, diluted w. oil as u suggest? or does it come already diluted?
    how do u use/apply/consume for the specific things you mention, eg. liver, mood, digestion, joints?

  9. I heard that it helps with brain function that is why I take it. Am I wrong cause if it doesn’t my depression will slap me I was hoping it was working on my right frontal lube

  10. Very interesting article about the turmeric,but most peoples are not using the powder because it is effect to hepatitis. but I liek to get more details about this .

  11. Lemon Essential Oil-Encourages lymphatic health, boosts immune system, anti-cancer agent.
    I’ve had a lumpectomy due to breast cancer and am wondering how I would use this oil. Do I put drops under my tongue or rub over my scars and under my arms where the lymph nodes are close to the breast? Please advise.
    Thank you,
    P.S. I regularly use your Pectasol-C powder in hopes of prevention of unknown circulating cancer cells.

    • I don’t know if I am doing the right thing but…. I would not put lemon essential oil directly under tongue. I heard that lemon tea as in lemon oil in hot water first thing – sounds delicious – love to do any thing good for me. But Oil and water don’t mix as I soon found out. The couple of drops of lemon oil floated, went into my mouth at first sip and burned / stung terribly – seemed to burn down throat into stomach. I pannicked and drank loads of water to dilute. So I get a tablespoon of coconut oil, stir in a teasp of honey and 2 drops of lemon ess oil and 2 drops of turmeric ess oil. Coconut oil not liquid. And eat off teasp as a delicious treat. Still not sure if ok to do. But have arthritis and want the turmeric to be absorbed well.

      • Just add two drops of turmeric essential oil with a tablespoon of coconut, almond oil or even olive oil and massage into your hands/joint areas. It helps!

      • Exactly – oil and water do not mix, and putting a few drops of oil in your water can lead to esophageal and oral burns and discomfort, as you quickly learned! Lemon juice is far safer to be taken internally. If someone feels that they MUST orally ingest essential oils, the oil needs to be properly solubized through an agent such as polysorbate, or at least diluted in another oil, such as coconut oil. Essential oils can be ingested in capsule form, thereby bypassing the oral issues, but they should still be diluted and used with caution, for short periods of time to address acute health issues.

  12. I appreciate your post. I have rosache., and am going to try my own concoction, but would try your tincture at first for– like a sample…then make my decision….so let’s dance!!!

  13. The difference between this campaign and your last one is like night and day. For me, at least, this one works so much better – what the product is, what it does, how to use it, sources, caveats and a click-through page with added info and add to cart capability. Thank you.

  14. Hi
    I buy lots of supplements
    From you
    I’m looking for a
    Supplement to remove parasites
    Can you recommend
    Any please.
    Kind regards

    • Hi Catherine,
      We do not have a supplement that is known for removing parasites at this time. Best wishes!

    • Check out the Hulda Clark website that includes an entire protocol for parasite cleanses. I have used it successfully while taking many supplements from Epigenetic Labs at the same time. Research first!

  15. I am interested in purchasing wholesale from your company.
    Can you advise what the MagiComplex would be at a wholesale discount.
    Karen C

    • I just saw this and It made me feel hopeful. I to have been diagnosed with PF in 2016. I have been led to believe I’ll be dead soon . Seeing how long you’ve lived is encouraging.

  16. I need your help. I have what appears to be abscess or gum boil in over my number 5 and 6 tooth. I was prescribed 3 sessions of antibiotics by 2 different Dentists . This did not help. I do not have any pain but this goes away and come back after a few days or weeks since Aug 2016. I had a root canal on number 6 Nov 2016. Yesterday my Dentist was puzzles as to what is the issue and referred me to a Endodontic. I would love to be able to use something natural.

  17. I have diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and want to get off the metformin and do it more natural would turmeric (curcumin)help me

  18. What are the best essentials and complexes for HypoThyroidism?
    I have a 49lb with hypothyroidism and prefer not to give the pharm meds.

  19. Since this EO stains the skin or clothing, how do you use it
    to prevent staining from happening?

  20. I want to try this turmeric oil but i need to know the directions how to use it and also where can i get it. If i go to a health store what do i have to ask to get the best and not the cheap product….

  21. How do you use the magi complex
    Take orally
    If so
    How much
    Would appreciate advice
    Already purchased some
    Also is it safe for dogs
    Thank u

    • Hello Anna. Adults are suggested to take 2 capsules of Magi-Complexx per day with 8 oz of water or juice. It may also be taken with or without food. For advanced dosage, adults take 4 capsules per day with 8 oz of water or juice.
      Our products are formulated for humans. Organixx cannot diagnose, treat, or give you advice regarding your pet’s health and individual use of our products. If you have questions regarding individual use of our products for pets, please consult with a veterinarian.
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