Turmeric essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It’s loaded with antioxidants that have the power reduce joint pain, improve liver health and even fight cancer. If you don’t use turmeric essential oil, here are eight convincing reasons why you should!
Turmeric Essential Oil Uses
1. Helps Fight Colon Cancer
A 2013 study found that curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, had the ability to help fight colon cancer. (1) Curcumin is arguably one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory compounds. The study suggests that turmeric may work as part of a treatment plan for colon cancer patients.
2. Helps Prevent Neurological Diseases
Turmeric contains a bioactive compounds called turmerone. Studies have shown that turmerone inhibits the activation of microglia, a type of cell that is activated in patients with brain disease. By inhibiting microglia activation, turmeric essential oil can help improve and prevent neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury and stroke. (2)
3. Reduces Joint Pain
Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat arthritis and joint pain, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that turmeric essential oil’s ability to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness can help reduce arthritis pain. (3)
4. Improves Liver Health
Studies have shown that turmeric naturally protects the liver, in part due to its anti-inflammatory properties. (4) The antioxidants in turmeric essential oil help improve liver health by detoxifying the liver and flushing out harmful toxins.
5. May Reduce Leukemia Cells
A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine showed that the turmerone in turmeric essential oil caused selective induction of programmed cell death in human leukemia cells. The research suggests that turmeric may be a promising natural treatment for leukemia. (5)
6. Helps Combat Breast Cancer
Research from the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry showed that turmeric essential oil has the ability to inhibit enzymatic activity in human breast cancer cells. By blocking the activity and expression of breast cancer cells, turmeric is able to help combat breast cancer. (6)
7. Relieves Depression and Anxiety
Turmeric oil’s sedative properties have positive effects on depression and anxiety. The oil’s strong relaxant properties have the ability to improve mood and promote positive feelings. A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders showed that turmeric worked as an anti-anxiety agent to successfully reduce overall symptoms of depression. (7)
8. Improves the Common Cold
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce nasal congestion associated with a cold or allergies. Add a few drops of turmeric oil to a diffuser or a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapors to alleviate congestion.