Turmeric has become a bit of a buzz-word in the wellness industry over the past few years. But unlike other fads that come and go, the goodness of Turmeric has been known for many centuries and used in many traditional healing practices of Chinese Medicine, Indian and Sri Lankan cultures and Ayurveda.
Turmeric is an aromatic plant from the ginger family and the essential oil is said to support metabolism and the immune system.* Energetically, it is also emotionally uplifting. You are going to love the Turmeric Latte recipe I am about to share with you; it's a great morning go-to drink to help start your day the right way.
First though, I want to share with you a little bit about why Turmeric really is such a special plant and a bit more about its use as an essential oil.
The Science of Turmeric
I'm going to hand things over to the experts at doTERRA for this part, but make sure you click the play button below to watch this short video on the benefits and uses of Turmeric essential oil.
The main chemical constituents and associated benefits of turmeric are:
Zingiberene - Antioxidant support Ar-turmerone - Immune support
Turmerone - Emotional support
Some fun facts about doTERRA Turmeric
It is sourced from India and Nepal.
Turmeric Essential Oil is steam distilled from the turmeric root.
OK.. now let's dig into some ways to use Turmeric Essential Oil. Let's start with a recipe that your skin will LOVE!!!
Turmeric Face Mask
As part of your regular skin care routine, Turmeric essential oil can help to promote clear, smooth, and radiant-looking skin, reducing the appearance of those uneven blemishes that we just wish we had a magic wand to make disappear.
If your skin is feeling a little lacklustre or dull, this all natural DIY Turmeric oil facemask will give your skin that pep-up and refresh you've been craving.
2 tablespoons of flour*
3–5 drops Turmeric oil
3 tablespoons yogurt
A few drops of honey
*Note: regular flour, rice flour, or ground oats will work.
Mix the flour, Turmeric oil, yogurt, and honey together to create a paste.
Apply a thin layer of the paste to your face and let it dry for 20 minutes.
Rinse your face, scrubbing gently to remove the paste.
Finish by applying your favourite moisturiser to your face.
This coconut milk tea is all about the Turmeric oil, which gives it a surprisingly subtle herbal flavour.
As you read above there are many great reasons to use Turmeric Oil. While you can buy Turmeric spice at your grocery store, Turmeric oil has been shown to increase the potency of a substance found in turmeric roots called Curcumin.
Curcumin is used in India for a variety of health concerns. However, it can be hard for the body to absorb curcumin. Which brings us to another benefit of using the oil instead of the spice—because of the turmerones in the oil, it can increase how well your body can absorb it.*
Coconut milk and butter have natural fatty acids and make for a creamy texture and the taste buds love it. If you’re lactose intolerant, ghee is a great alternative—it is known as clarified butter, and while the lactose is gone, the butter taste is left behind. Honey is used as a natural sweetener, but it also contains helpful vitamins and minerals.
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon butter (or ghee)
1–2 drops Turmeric oil
Turmeric spice for garnish
Heat coconut milk and water in a saucepan on low for three to four minutes.
Add butter, honey, and Turmeric essential oil and stir until butter melts and ingredients combine.
Pour into mugs and add a pinch of turmeric powder as an optional garnish. Serve hot.
Tip: You can also add a drop of Ginger oil for a heartier flavor.