Turmeric’s health benefits have been renowned for millennia and like the root, its essential oil is rich in antioxidants with potent anti-inflammatory characteristics. Turmeric Oil has antioxidants in abundance with many anti-allergic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-parasitic qualities.
It is also a strong relaxant and balancer which makes it a valuable ingredient in aromatherapy, natural health and particularly in skincare products. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are useful in the treatment of conditions including rosacea or eczema and its core ingredient curcumin is an antibacterial agent which is useful in preventing the conditions that can lead to acne.
Turmeric oil has proven anti-ageing qualities. As an antioxidant it acts as a counter to free radicals. Scientific studies show turmeric offers particular benefits against the ageing effects of sun-damage. Turmeric inhibits the development of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), an enzyme which degrades collagen between the outer layer and middle layer of the skin which is activated by sun irradiation and is the primary factor in sun-induced skin damage. Two studies published in the March 2010 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that use of moisturising creams containing turmeric twice daily for eight weeks had the effect of drastically minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; dark spots and changes in skin pigment were also reduced by nearly 15%.
Turmuric’s anti-inflammatory characteristics come from its curcumin which blocks a key protein complex – NF-κB which is involved in cellular responses to external stimuli like stress, free radicals, ultraviolet radiation, and cytokines. NF-κB is also responsible for regulating the immune system’s response to infection. An overactive NF-κB has been linked to inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cancer, viral infections, and addiction.
Curcumin also protects the skin by improving collagen production and suppressing free radicals. And because it works so effectively for healing wounded skin, many of the manifestations of skin disease – dryness, rashes, scaliness, swelling, and irritation – are repaired while the same component, Curcumin increases connective tissue formation and promotes blood flow.
Turmeric Essential Oil for Skincare
Turmeric essential oil should not be applied directly, but combined with a carrier oil: coconut, olive, jojoba and apricot oil are all suitable. The anti-fungal and antiseptic properties of the turmeric oil will dry out the pimples and prevent further breakouts.
Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Mix 4 drops of turmeric essential oil in 4 tsp of almond oil and massage it thoroughly but gently into your face each evening. Wipe off the excess. Make this part of your regime every evening to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Makes Skin More Radiant
Mix 2 drops of turmeric essential oil with 3 tbsp of olive oil and massage on your face before going to bed.
Blemish and Scar Reduction
Turmeric essential oil extracted reduces blemishes and marks when used persistently. Use it with a other carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil and massage into the blemish or scar.
Use in a Facial Mask
Add a few drops of turmeric essential oil to your face pack to make use of its anti-bacterial properties and make your skin glow.
Turmeric Essential Oil for Haircare
Anti Dandruff Treatment
Add a few drops of turmeric essential oil added to softened coconut oil and work through your hair. The anti-microbial properties of the turmeric oil will act to clear dandruff problems.
Treat scalp conditions
Turmeric essential oil you can treat all kinds of scalp conditions. Use turmeric essential oil with coconut, olive, jojoba or apricot oil to make your scalp infection-free and healthy.Tags: Turmeric curcumin