Turmeric oil Health Benefits, Uses, Quality & Best Products Compared

Author: Dr. Michael Tyler
Date: 01.10.2020
Reading time: 9:43 min

Turmeric oil is obtained from the tuber of turmeric (Curcuma longa). It has an intense yellow color and is a famous spice, especially used in Indian cuisine.

Name Turmeric
Lat. Name Curcuma longa
Synonyms Curcuma, Turmeric, Yellow Ginger
Origin India or South Asia, Southeast Asia
Price per 10ml 13,00

Turmeric is a fundamental component of many curries and is responsible for its yellow colour. Turmeric oil has a variety of medicinal effects and is the subject of numerous research projects.

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Internal impact

Turmeric has several properties, causing some unique effects within the body. Many of its ingredients improve health, making turmeric oil an ideal, natural remedy for various health complaints.

Combating cancer

The effect of turmeric oil on cancer cells is particularly well known - it acts in several ways against many types of cancer. The plethora of antioxidants in turmeric oil are responsible for protecting our DNA against mutation - this is how cancer develops. The oil therefore protects against cancer initiation. Effective against existing cancers, the oil inhibits metastases. It prevents the cancer from spreading further in the body and prevents blood vessels formation in existing tumors. This means that tumors that are already in the body can not continue to grow.

Many specialist institututions use turmeric oil to accompany chemotherapy. It causes cancer cell membranes to become more permeable, and thus more fragile. Consequently, the active substances in chemotherapy can better penetrate the cancer cell and provide their effects there. In addition, turmeric oil activates certain genes in the cancer cells, which forces them to stop replicating and to die. An extensive study was published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2013. In this study, the effects of turmeric oil on liver cancer were examined. Another study, which was published in the Journal of Ovarian Research, demonstrated the effect of turmeric oil on ovarian cancer.


Alzheimer's is caused by deposit forming on nerve endings in the brain. These deposits prevent the transfer of information between nerves, preventing the brain from functioning fully. This also causes inflammation in the brain, which can result in damage. The numerous antioxidants in turmeric oil help prevent inflammation. In addition, the cucurmin contained in the oil reduces the formation of the deposits. A study in Kariya was able to show that dementia linked to Alzheimer's can be effectively combated with turmeric oil. The oil worked so well that some of the study participants remembered their families after the study.


Turmeric oil also offers significant results in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. This is due to the strong anti-inflammatory property of the cucurmine present in the oil. Cucurmin can be used very well for gastritis, i.e. inflammation of the gastric mucosa. A study on this was published in the US National Library of Medicine in 2013.

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Weight loss

Turmeric oil can definitely be called a fat killer. Tthe oil stimulates the production of gastric juices, which speeds up digestion. Additionally, it promotes the production of bile acids. This is essential for fat digestion.

The bitter substances in the oil also reduce the desire for sweets, which is also conducive to maintaining dietary restrictions in weight loss process. Animal studies have shown that curcumin prevents cells from absorbing fat. In 2015, a study was performed at the Velleja Research Institute in Milan in obese people. It was shown that turmeric oil delivers excellent results compared to conventional slimming products. Turmeric oil also has a strong immune-stimulating effect. It stimulates our circulation and thus directly promotes burning calories.

Turmeric oil for lower cholesterol Cholesterol plays a very important role in the human body: the body needs the lipid (cholesterol) to produce hormones. Cholesterol is the foundation of Testosterone. But it is well known that a high concentration of cholesterol makes becomes toxic. High cholesterol levels are extremely dangerous to the cardiovascular system. This disease is one of the 'diseases of modern civilization' where wealthy populations tend to suffer from it more. These diseases mostly arise due to improper nutrition and lack of exercise. High cholesterol levels lead to blockage of veins and arteries and ultimately to heart attacks, strokes or arteriosclerosis. The cucurmin contained in the oil is able to significantly lower cholesterol levels. In a clinical study it could be proven that cholesterol levels decreased by 20% even with a small dose, 500mg of Bergamot oil (which contains coumarins) over a period of 7 days. Another study examined the effects of curcumin on arteriosclerosis and delivered impressive results. Curcumin massively reduced the risk of arteriosclerosis after taking the preparation over a period of at least 35 days.


Arthritis is the painful inflammation of joints. This disease often occurs in old age or in people with a genetic predisposition. Since turmeric oil has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, it proves to be an ideal means of fighting arthritis. The oil not only combats inflammation directly, but also relieves the resulting pain. A study was carried out in India comparing the effects of turmeric oil compared to chemically manufactured medications for the treatment of arthritis. It was found that turmeric oil has an equally strong effect but with far fewer side effects.


Arthrosis is the calcification of the joints. The disease manifests itself in severe pain and stiffening of the affected parts of the body. Owing to turmeric oil's strong analgesic properties, it relieves symptoms of arthrosis. An article was published in the US National Library of Medicines in 2016, in which scientists compared all available studies relating to turmeric oil for the treatment of arthrosis. They were able to prove that the turmeric oil not only alleviates the pain, but also improves the mobility of the affected joints.

Turmeric oil alleviating rheumatic pain Rheumatism is a disease caused by inflammatory degenerative processes in the human body. Most often the joints are affected. Turmeric oil is able to inhibit the production of certain enzymes that trigger this inflammation. A study published in November 2012 in the US National Library of Medicine showed that turmeric oil works significantly better than many synthetically manufactured drugs. The active ingredients of turmeric oil work with the same underlying mechanism, but since the oil increases the permeability of the cell - allowing increased penetration into the affected cells - the effectiveness is increased.


Diabetes is also one of the abovementioned 'diseases of civilization'. Diabetes is often caused by an underactive pancreas. This poor function means that the gland can no longer produce the insulin necessary for sugar metabolism. Eventually, diabetics are forced to self-inject the missing insulin to avoid serious life threatening symptoms. Turmeric oil is said to be very effective in negating diabetes. Certainly, the oil is not able to cure existing diabetes, nor to combat it directly, but the it can prevent the manifestation of the disease in genetically predisposed people. The oil lowers glucose tolerance.

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Biliary and Liver problems

Turmeric oil increases the flow of bile in the body and helps against diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver. Turmeric oil can also alleviate other liver complaints, such as those caused by increased medication or alcohol consumption. This was demonstrated in a study in which rats with liver damage caused by paracetamol overdose were given a coumarin preparation. Their livers healed over a surprisingly short period of time.

External effect

The appearance of the skin is directly related to the collagen content. Collagen is the connective tissue that is provides the structure of the skin, and holds it in place. Turmeric oil promotes the formation of collagen and thus prevents wrinkles. A second important effect of turmeric oil on the skin is its antioxidative properties. The constituents of turmeric oil protect skin cells from breaking down and thus help keep the skin young.

If you want to apply the oil to your skin, never do so in its pure, concentrated form, as it may irritate the skin! Mix a few drops of the oil into a carrier oil and then massage the mixture on your skin.

Side effects

Turmeric oil is generally considered to have very few side effects. Side effects generally only present if the oil is consumed in higher doses over longer periods of time. However, most side effects will cease when oil usage is discontinued. The gastrointestinal tract is often affected by turmeric oil. People with an easily irritable stomach should therefore be more careful when consuming turmeric oil. The side effects of the oil are manifested by nausea and mild abdominal cramps. If you suffer from severe liver disease or inflammation of the liver or gall bladder, you should also refrain from consuming turmeric oil. Thus far, the effects of the oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding have not yet been researched. In order to use the oil in this phase, it is advisable to consult proper medical advice. This is also recommended for sufferers of other underlying diseases. People who take blood thinners should also refrain from using turmeric oil, as there may be contraindications and interactions between these two medications.


Turmeric oil's active ingredient concentration plays a major role in its effectiveness. As a prophylactic agent against cancer, at least 3.6 ml of the oil should be consumed daily. With this amount of active ingredient, the turmeric oil can work best against cancer cells. If you want to use the oil against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, a dosage of 2.3-2.7 ml is completely sufficient. In cases of digestive complaints, the dosing range of the oil is significantly broader and can be adjusted to the intensity of the complaints. It is usually recommended to consume 1.3-3 ml of the oil.

If you want to lose weight with turmeric oil, the ideal amount is 0.02 ml of turmeric oil per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 100kg, you should take 2 ml of the oil a day. To lower blood cholesterol levels, just 0.5 ml of the oil a day is enough.


Turmeric oil is obtained by steam distillation from the root bulbs of the plant. If one assumes a content of 5-7% of essential oils, one needs approx. 20 kg of turmeric bulbs to obtain 1 l of pure oil.

Make your own turmeric oil

Turmeric oil can also be made successfully at home. Simply place commercial turmeric in a mason jar together with pure alcohol and leave it in a warm place for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, the alcohol should have turned an intense yellow. You can now strain the residual turmeric powder over a tea towel and transfer the alcohol itself into a large bowl. Wait until the alcohol has evaporated. The residue is your own turmeric oil.

Chemical composition

The main biologically active components of turmeric are:

  • Curcumin (60%),
  • Dimethoxy curcumin 25%
  • Bisdemethox curcumin 25%
  • Turmeron up to 30%
  • Atlanton 5-17%
  • Zingiberen up to 25%


The turmeric plant is about 1m high and is native to Southeast Asia. It has an intense yellow color and is known to have a strong rub-off effect. Turmeric originally comes from Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, but is now grown worldwide in tropical climates. In endemic regions, turmeric is also used to dye fabrics. Curcumin is responsible for intense yellow colours.

The flowering times of the plant varies depending on the region, and ranges from June to August.

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