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Curcuma longa

Zingiberaceae Family

Steam distilled dried rhizomes

Organically grown and distilled in Madagascar. These rhizones are some very particular, very strong and complex, very tiny ones and so the oil is accordingly special.


Poem by Liilia Talts Morrison

In the southern soil of India
Thrives a thick, beloved plant
Leaves of gold are tipped with rose hues
And its oil enhances chants

Sometimes called curcuma longa
Its roots promise love and health
Fragrant curries, healing powders
Indian saffron, sign of wealth

Warm and gentle is the fragrance
Earthy subtle undertones
Soon evolving to a sweetness
Therapy for weary bones

Brides are spread with its thick mixture
In the land of Bangladesh
Bodies gleaming golden ochre
Deep red henna hands enmeshed

But like every panacea
This spice has its bitter side
When combined with clove or ginger
Jekyll turns to bleeding Hyde

There are many healing flora
Flourishing in distant fields
Turmeric is one such blessing
In its golden orange yields

In the southern soil of India
Thrives a thick, beloved plant
Leaves of gold are tipped with rose hues
And its oil enhances chants. 

Arctander says

Curcuma oil is a yellow, to dark orange-yellow liquid. The odor is usually spicy and fresh, reminiscent of sweet orange, ginger and galangal.

Bright yellow/orange, turmeric gives characteristic color and aroma to curries and other mixed spice dishes all over the world. Curcuma is a major herb in the Ayurvedic material medica. There is more information on the medicinal uses of the rhizome and less on the essential oil.

Just FYI—curry powder usually contains, in addition to turmeric; coriander, black pepper, capsicum, ginger (dried), cardamom, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Curcuma oil can be used to introduce warm-woody, dry-powdery tonalities in Oriental bases and Fantasy fragrances,. Blends well with cistus, ylang ylang, ginger, labdanum, orris, etc

Battaglia says

These actions are supported by clinical studies: anti-arthritic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, digestive and gastro-protective.

Aromatherapy uses

Digestive uses and for liver congestion.

Musculoskeletal system for arthritis and rheumatism.

Consider blending with black pepper, sweet fennel, ginger, sweet orange, rosemary, niaouli, kunzea, nutmeg, and spike lavender.

Methods of use: bath, foot bath, massage, compress, ointment, skincare, inhalation, diffuser.

Have a look at more in

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

Safety Warning

As with most essential oils, dilute before using on skin. Perform a patch test before use if essential oil sensitivity is suspected. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use on children or pets. Seek advice from a trained aromatherapist before using on people with compromised immune systems. Keep away from eyes and mucus membranes.
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