Turmeric essential oil is a powerful antioxidant.  Turmeric essential oil has been shown to help increase curcumin potency and absorption. When taken internally, it offers daily antioxidant support and helps support a healthy nervous system, cellular function, and immune response. It also helps support healthy glucose and lipid metabolism, and healthy circulation. When inhaled, Turmeric uplifts mood and emotions.



Turmeric PlantWhat is Turmeric exactly?  Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). The turmeric plant grows to a height of about three feet and has yellow flowers. The root is bright orange with a thin brownish skin.


The leaf of turmeric is also much wider than ginger, but they are of course part of the same plant family, so we should see some similarities. Native to southern India and Indonesia, turmeric is cultivated on the mainland and in the islands of the Indian Ocean.  


TurmericTurmeric is known worldwide as the spice that gives curry seasoning its color and distinctive flavor.  Turmeric is enjoying its time in the spotlight in recent years.  This ancient spice, recognized for centuries as a food and medicine, and colouring agent.  It has experienced a surge of popularity thanks to curcumin, the therapeutic compound that supplies its brilliant yellow colour.


The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used in cooking as well as religious ceremonies.  In holistic Ayurvedic health practice, turmeric is known as strengthening and warming the whole body. Turmeric has also been used historically in China and Sri Lanka.


Turmeric SpiceThousands upon thousands of research studies exist evaluating the therapeutic efficacy of turmeric (and its primary healing component curcumin – the orange/yellow compound that colors mustard and curry) showing it has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, and immune-stimulating properties to name a few. It benefits your brain, heart, immune system, and everything in between!


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Turmeri Essential oilTurmeric essential oil is derived from the Curcuma longa plant, which comes from the Zingiberaceae family  – the same as ginger, turmeric essential oil can be extracted is through traditional steam distillation or CO2 using the solvent hexane, [mfn]https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/hexane[/mfn]  which loosens up the essential oils from the plant along with plant components. This is commonly done with the turmeric plant’s rhizome, the underground stem of the plant that sends out roots and shoots. [mfn]https://www.britannica.com/science/rhizome/[/mfn]

It is important to note the curcumin has not been reported in turmeric essential as it has with oleoresin & CO2 extracts. 


The plant was called Indian saffron during the Middle Ages because of its orange-yellow colour.  Turmeric essential oil, which is steam-distilled from the plant’s root is an extremely impressive natural health agent – one that has some of the most promising anti-cancer properties around.


Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, and Turmeric essential oil has been shown to help increase curcumin potency and absorption. Turmeric also contains the chemical components ar-Turmerone and Turmerone. These chemical constituents are known for their nervous system benefits.


As a key botanical of the traditional Ayurvedic health practices of India, turmeric root and turmeric essential oil have a long history that has inspired modern uses of turmeric today.




Turmeric Essential oilCOUNTRY OF ORIGIN:  South Asia

EXTRACTION METHOD:  Steam Distillation



  • 15-50% Ar-Tumerone
  • 8-30% Tumerone
  • 0.1-15% Zingiberene <alpha>


AROMA WARM:  Spicy, Earthy, Woody

NOTE:  Base

OILS BLEND WELL WITH: Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, and Cardamo, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang are also great blending options.

BODY SYSTEMS: Cardiovascular, Digestive, Immune, Nervous, Skin



A 2013 study showed that two compounds in turmeric (Curcumin and turmerone) displayed the ability to fight colon cancer.  The combination of curcumin and turmerone given by mouth at both low and high doses abolished tumour formation in animals.  [mfn]  Higdon, J., Drake, V.J., Delage, B., Howells, L. (2005-2016). Curcumin. Linus Pauling Institute. Retrieved from http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/curcumin#autors-reviewers[/mfn]

Recent research has shown that aromatic turmerone has anticonvulsant properties.  The turmerone was also been able to lessen expression patterns of two seizure-related genes in zebrafish.  [mfn] http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24349101  [/mfn]



As mentioned above, turmeric essential oil is predominantly derived from the rhizome and roots of the turmeric plant, although sometimes its leaves flowers are used as well.

The major constituents of this essential oil include the following: [mfn](source)[/mfn] [mfn]doTERRA+Essential+Oil+Chemistry+Handbook[/mfn]

  •  Turmerone
  •  ar-Turmerone
  •  Zingiberene
  •  Alpha-Phellandrene
  •  Beta-Sesquiphellandrene
  •  ar-Curcumene

ar-Turmerone, has been shown to have powerful cardiovascular effects (antiplatelet aggregation and hypoglycemic activity), as well as antimutagenic properties and anti-carcinogenic properties. [mfn]doTerra Chemistry Handbook[/mfn]

However, it’s important to note that these are just a handful of the constituents in turmeric essential oil. 

There is no doubt that the synergy between all these compounds contributes to its awesome healing potential.



Turmeric essential oil is steam-distilled from the ‘cured’ rhizomes (roots). It is a yellow-colored oil with a fresh spicy, herbaceous yet woody aroma that is popular in Asian fragrances. Turmeric essential oil is a lot more concentrated than the powdered spice and is thought to have the following properties: 

anti-fungal anti-bacterial antioxidant
antimicrobial anti-inflammatory anti-arthritic
anti-allergic anti-parasitic anti-viral
analgesic cholagogue diuretic
digestive system haemorrhoids hypotensive
insecticidal laxative rubefacient
stimulating mood stimulating the immune system fighting infection




The health benefits of Turmeric essential oil as follow:

  • Cancer-fighting properties
  • Powerful antioxidant capabilities
  • Antimicrobial benefits (fungus and bacterial)
  • Supports neurological health
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties 
  • Aids digestion
  • Acts as an anticonvulsant (helps prevent seizures)
  • Fight depression and anxiety
  • Support healthy liver function
  • Helps fight cold and flu
  • Helps manage or prevent diabetes
  • Bug repellent




Turmeric oil is safe to be used via inhalation, topically and ingestion if dosed and diluted properly. Try some of the recommendations below and be sure to consult with your physician if you’re being treated for a medical condition or are currently taking pharmaceuticals.


1.   Cancer-Fighting Properties

One of the most promising areas of research for turmeric oil is in the field of cancer prevention and management. Traditional treatments for cancer can have very damaging side effects to your overall health that make the process difficult and exhausting.

However, adding a holistic component, such as essential oils, to your treatment plan may ease or reduce symptoms, and can alleviate the stress of your healing journey.

The Turmerone and Curcumin compounds in turmeric oil have been shown to impact and ability to fight cancer. [mfn]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2910176/[/mfn]  [mfn]https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1934578X1300800633[/mfn]  [mfn]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15254774/[/mfn]  [mfn]https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a9b6/67bd9e68be8219d43612bcdd5feacfdaa61a.pdf[/mfn]

These demonstrate the ancient healing potential of this turmeric essential oil for treating cancer and relieving treatment symptoms.

Application: Add 1-2 drops of turmeric essential oil internally in the morning and evening, mixed in your food or beverage.  You can also mix it with a culinary carrier and consume this mixture in a capsule.  Be sure to discuss different methods of adding this oil to your treatment plan with your doctor.


2.   Helps Relieve Pain and Inflammation

A little pain is not always a bad thing. Inflammation causes pain but it’s part of your body’s normal, healing response to injury and other harmful agents. That said, prolonged inflammation can lead to chronic pain, disorders, and even serious diseases. When inflammation doesn’t heal, turmeric essential oil can be a powerful ally to alleviate your pain.

Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin which is an antioxidant that demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties in conditions such as arthritis, muscles, joint pain, sprains and other injuries.

Arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease) are one such disease. It has numerous causes and encompasses over a hundred diseases but they all have one thing in common: inflammation that causes pain. This occurs in joints and bones as well as the tissues that surround them.

While the root cause of your inflammation should be addressed with your healthcare provider, turmeric essential oil may be able to ease your symptoms.

However, for continued pain, it can’t hurt to add turmeric essential oil to your routine to get some much-needed relief!


Make a homemade pain relief cream by adding 12 drops of turmeric, 10 drops of frankincense, to 1 ounce Lotion.  Take 2 drops of Turmeric essential oil into a capsule internally in the morning and evening.  Be sure to discuss different methods of adding this oil to your treatment plan with your doctor.


3.   Serve As A Digestive Aid

Turmeric may help reduce symptoms of digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Application:  Consume 2-3 drops of turmeric in a capsule internally once daily for 3-4 weeks and monitor symptoms. Be sure to discuss adding this oil to your treatment plan if you’re currently being treated for disease by a doctor.


4.   Fights Neurology Disease

Turmeric essential oil’s aromatic turmerone is believed to be a promising way to support the regeneration necessary to improve neurologic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord, injury, and stroke.

Application: Use a personal aromatherapy inhaler with 10 drops turmeric, 5 drops frankincense, and 5 drops lime essential oil.


5.   Anti-Microbial: Fight Fungus and Bacteria

Turmeric essential oil is also useful for killing fungal and bacterial pathogens. Candida albicans is a type of fungal yeast infection that is very difficult to fight to ask anyone who’s dealt with it!

Candida overgrowth wreaks havoc in the gastrointestinal tract, causing an imbalance in bacteria in the gut. It’s been linked to chronic fatigue, sinus allergies, bloating, constipation, eczema, and more! It is particularly harmful to people who are immunocompromised and is a common infection for those in treatment for cancer or HIV.

Researchers [mfn]http://www.tf.ni.ac.rs/images/casopisi/sveska4vol2/c4-2-3.pdf[/mfn] tested the impact of turmeric essential oil on candida cells and found that it was twice as powerful as the commonly prescribed antifungal medication, Nystatin, to combat this fungus. [mfn]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748643/[/mfn]  

If you are battling candida overgrowth, a clean eating regimen along with adding turmeric oil to your culinary dishes can help. Check out our 14-Day Clean Eating Program, to discover a sustainable way to enjoy food while living your healthiest life ever!

Application: Try adding a drop of turmeric to your oil pulling routine if you are fighting gingivitis or to promote oral health.


6.  Powerful Antioxidant

Over time, our bodies are exposed to a host of natural – and unnatural compounds, chemicals, and toxins. These are called free radicals, and they increase oxidative stress. This can damage different cells that are overexposed to it, leading to disease and the ravages of aging.

Antioxidants, on the other hand, are chemicals that help prevent free radicals from causing too much damage. These compounds, found in many essential oils, serve many functions, and are necessary for your body’s optimal well-being.

Turmeric is an oil that is widely known for its antioxidant abilities. [mfn]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195121/[/mfn] In lab studies, [mfn]https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814611010004[/mfn]  turmeric oil appeared to remove free radicals that cause oxidative stress. It was also shown to reduce certain types of oxidative stress that are responsible for causing high cholesterol. [mfn]http://www.tf.ni.ac.rs/images/casopisi/sveska4vol2/c4-2-3.pdf[/mfn]  A healthy diet and regimen full of antioxidants is a recipe for anti-aging and good health!  Check out our 14-day Clean Eating Progam for a good kickstart to live longevity, vitality, and healthier life.

Application: Take advantage of the antioxidants in turmeric oil by consuming 2-3 drops of turmeric in a capsule, once daily during cold/flu season. Be sure to discuss adding this oil to your treatment plan if you’re currently being treated for disease by a doctor.


7.   Supports Healthy Liver Detox

Studies have shown that turmeric is liver-protective which is partly due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory activity.  To encourage liver detoxification and help improve liver health take it internally or apply it topically.

Application: Take 2 drops of Turmeric essential oil into a capsule internally or mixed in your food or beverage in the morning and evening.  Be sure to discuss different methods of adding this oil to your treatment plan with your doctor.


8.   May Help With Epilepsy

The anticonvulsant properties of turmeric oil may reduce or prevent oil may reduce or prevent some seizures.  To aid in the prevention of seizures, take 1 to 2 drops internally or regularly drink hot turmeric tea.


9.   Relieves Depression and Anxiety

Turmeric essential oil is considered to be a strong relaxant and balancer, and studies show that it can help fight against two extremely common mood disorders, depression, and anxiety.  Diffuse it throughout the day to improve mood and encourage positive feelings.


10.   Helps Manage or Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes requires a change in eating habits, however, using essential oils for diabetes can be a healthy part of combating – or preventing – this disease. In the lab, food scientists studied  [mfn]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22385048[/mfn]  turmeric essential oil and found that it inhibited important enzymes that are linked to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Animal research [mfn]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17117790[/mfn]  from 2006 also showed that the compounds in both turmeric essential oil and the CO2 extract may be able to reduce blood sugars in rats, particularly curcumin.

Application: Add 1-2 drops of turmeric essential oil to your favorite dishes to enjoy a safe, culinary dose. Be sure to discuss different methods of adding this oil to your treatment plan with your doctor.

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NOTE:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease




  • Turmeric is a hot oil and should be diluted with a carrier oil when used topically
  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician,
  • Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, face, and sensitive areas.




Stomach Upset: Some people have reported gastrointestinal distress after consuming turmeric essential oil, but this is mainly when too much of this oil is consumed.  If an appropriate amount is taken, turmeric essential oil can improve digestion and elimination stomach distress.

Skin Irritation: When topically applied to the skin, turmeric essential oil can often eliminate infections, promote clean and healthy skin, and act as an astringent to close pores and lower your risk of acne.  However, to determine whether you have any allergic susceptibility, you should first apply a small amount of the oil to a single patch of skin and wait a few hours to see if there is any reaction.

Carrier oils are often recommended for those with more sensitive skin, as these will help deliver the turmeric essential oil below the skin more effectively.


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