Essential Oils

Turmeric Oil

Extracted from an “herbaceous perennial plant” is an essential oil known as Turmeric oil. This oil is derived from a “perennial plant” belonging to the “Curcuma longa” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is obtained from the “root” of the plant using either “hydro distillation” or the “steam distillation” process. In addition, this oil comprises of “mustard like aroma”, and is “bright yellow to orange” in colour. This oil when used can be inhaled, topically applied, and even consumed.

A. Chemical constituents of Turmeric Oil:

This oil is extracted from the “root” of a “perennial plant” belonging to the “Curcuma longa” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil consists of organic compounds such as sesquiterpenes, zingeriberene, curcumin, cineol, borneol and valeric acid. In addition, this oil also consists of curcuminoids such as curcumin, demthoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin.

B. The uses and benefits of Turmeric Oil:

There are a number of benefits with respect to health that an individual can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Antiepileptic:

This oil when used exhibits an “antiepileptic” property and thus helps in suppressing epileptic seizures.

2. Anti-arthritic:

This oil when used helps in suppressing symptoms and pain caused by arthritis, and thereby serves as an anti-arthritic.

3. Antidepressant:

This oil also possesses an “antidepressant” property, and thereby helps in suppressing depression.

4. Anti-inflammatory:

When used this oil also helps in suppressing inflammation, and thereby serves as an anti-inflammatory.

5. Carminative:

This oil when used helps in resolving gas formation i.e. flatulence within the GI system, and thereby serving as a carminative.

C. The adverse effects of Turmeric Oil:

There are a number of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. There are as follows:

  1. This oil when used can severely damage pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.
  2. The use of this oil could lead to irritation to the mucous membranes, eyes, ears etc.

 Apparently the excessive use of oil could also lead to a upset stomach.

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