We have all read of turmeric’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This golden yellow oil has a delightful mildly spicy aroma, sweet and fresh, with an earthy note underlying it. When poured into the beaker it appears a deeper gold, but we notice that when we are pouring it out of the beaker, the glass is coated with a bright, fluorescent yellow. Neon yellow. This will stain if you spill it.
We recommend it in pain relief blends, especially for joint pain, arthritis, any sort of pain caused by inflammation. The oil is high in some unique ketones, the turmerones, and may be expected to be anti-inflammatory, calming, and either analgesic or anti-spasmodic. It should also be very effective at respiratory support, and at supporting the health of the gastrointestinal system. However, because many ketones are not effectively metabolized by the liver, we suggest using caution with this new oil and using it in low dilution.
Less often cited are turmeric oil’s anti-fungal effects. I came across a research study showing the effect of turmeric oil against Trichophyton rubrum, the fungus most often cited as the cause of athlete’s foot, nail fungal infections, jock itch, and ringworm. Although the study was done on guinea pigs, a dilution of turmeric would certainly seem worth trying.
Please note, while the extract does contain the curcuminoids found in the powdered spice, it is only in trace amounts. So when you are researching the uses of the oil, it is important to clarify whether the research applies to the volatile oil, to the turmerones, or to curcumin.
Safety: Although there are no known safety warnings about this oil, we would avoid its use with babies and during pregnancy. The only contraindications we actually found were for oral use, for individuals taking anti-diabetes medication.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 3 to 4 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.