Turmeric CO2 – Organic
- Distillation Method: CO2 Extract
- Country of Origin: Vietnam
- Plant Part: Root
- Latin Name: Curcuma longa
- Cultivation: Certified Organic
About the Oil: Besides its incredible aroma, the therapeutic value of our Turmeric CO2 Extract is really making headlines these day; it is both a potent antioxidant and anti–inflammatory agent. Please note that the oil is very potent, and should be diluted before use.
Note: CO2 extracts generally include some larger molecules compared to their steam-distilled counterparts. Some may not be suitable for use in a nebulizing diffuser (unless blended with a thinner oil) – though most will be just fine in an ‘ultrasonic’ unit. Learn more about CO2 extracts on our Making Essential Oils page.
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About The Plant
Curcuma longa, also known as Turmeric, is a perennial tropical herb that belongs to the ginger family. It grows up to 1 meter high with a thick rhizome root. A native of south Asia, it has been known and used for thousands of years as a spice and common medicinal plant.
About The Oil
Turmeric oil is a yellow to dark-orange liquid with a fresh, spicy odor reminiscent of ginger and galangal. The yellow color of turmeric is due to the presence of curcuminoids, the main one being curcumin which is not present in the essential oil. Turmeric is known for its potent anti-inflammatory activity. With this CO2 extract, all of the lipophillc (oil-friendly) compounds are dis-tilled from the Turmeric root.
Turmeric has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is only recently being discovered by Western science and medicine for its incredible range of benefits. Also known as "Indian Saffron", its aroma is simply wonderful.
The ground roots of turmeric are extensively used as a household spice and for making curry powder. It is high in minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C. Turmeric is also used as an antioxidant in capsules and tablets.
In Chinese herbalism it is used for bruises, sores, ringworm, toothache, chest pains, colic and menstrual problems. It was once used as a targeting symptoms of jaundice.
The turmeric rhizome is a source of orange and yellow dyes for silk and wool, traditional coloring for the robes of Buddhist monks.
protects cells against oxidative damage
decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
detoxifies the liver
helps maintain healthy function of the gall bladder
increases absorption in the intestines
promotes normal peristalsis
assists the body's natural eliminatory response
helps maintain kidney action
strengthens and enlivens the digestive system
decreases blood circulation
helps to relieve stress
increases local blood circulation
direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
massage, compress, bath, linamint, skincare
Dilute in a carrier oil, and apply topically.
Add to your pain and inflammation reducing formulas and include: Helichrysum, Frankincense, Plai, German Chamomile, and other oils.
In a linamint, turmeric should benefit anyone seeking to address joint and muscle aches and pains.
Turmeric CO2 can be used at low levels in skincare. It is traditional to add Turmeric to skin cleansers in India – the skin takes on a golden glow, while detrimental skin conditions are diminished at the same time.
You'll find us at Ananda including it in skin and HAIR CARE products as well. Turmeric has been found particularly helpful for reduction of hair loss in cases of male pattern baldness–the anti–inflammatory and antioxidant actions combine to address the biochemical activity surrounding hair loss. These actions address the foundation of skin aging as well. You may try 1% or less in your skin and scalp care formulas.
The CO2 essential oil of Turmeric is taken internally for its anti–inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
This turmeric CO2 Extract is warm, smooth, mildly spicy, woody, with a slight ginger-like aroma evocative of the freshly cut root; smoother and more full-bodied than the essential oil.
In natural perfumes, Turmeric CO2 lends an interesting warm and mildly spicy note.
Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.
Turmeric essential oil is a known photosensitizer. This will make skin more sensitive to UV light. If applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within the following 48 hours.
The oil can stain light colored clothing so be sure to dilute it well.