Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
You’ve probably heard of turmeric before—it’s the spice that makes curries and mustard yellow in color. Maybe you’ve even seen it available as a supplement at your local health-food store. That turmeric powder in capsules and spice bottles comes from a root that is dried and ground. However, an option you probably have heard less about is Turmeric essential oil. Turmeric oil is a much more powerful choice when it comes to using this spice for various health benefits.
doTERRA Turmeric is steam distilled from the rhizomes or roots of the Curcuma longa plant.
The turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) is a perennial flowering plant from the ginger family (scientifically known as the Zingiberaceae family). The plant itself does not grow wild, but where it is cultivated it can grow to more than three feet in height. Both the oil and the root have been used in Asia for thousands of years in Ayurvedic health practices.
Turmeric oil contains the chemical components ar-Turmerone and Turmerone. Both components have been shown to help our bodies with the absorption of curcumin, a strong antioxidant and the main compound actually found in raw turmeric root and turmeric extract.
Sourced from various parts of India and Nepal, turmeric farming is done by both men and women. Women typically task themselves with sorting the harvested turmeric roots into various grades, similar to how women in Somalia sort the resin tears for Frankincense oil.
These farmers sometimes use turmeric roots as an “intercrop”, meaning they grow it alongside crops such as corn and sugarcane. This provides numerous benefits to the farmers like the possibility of higher income per unit of soil, and further insurance against having a crop fail. It also helps keep the soil fertile, and reduces weeds and soil runoff.
Other spice oils blend with with Turmeric oil, including Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, and Cardamom. Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang are also great blending options.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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