Updated: Oct 19, 2018
I was super excited at doTERRA's global convention last month when they announced that Turmeric was one of their new essential oils being offered!
In short, here is the difference between the oil and the spice. You are getting 7x the absorption with the oil versus the typical turmeric supplement. Read on if you love all the details and science (like me!)
The whole crowd of 30,000+ people at convention went nuts when they announced turmeric essential oil! Turmeric has been a superfood that has resurfaced in recent years, and it's been in used in Ayurveda, traditional Indian wellness therapies, for hundreds of years.
I'd been enjoying making turmeric tea this past winter, for its immunity and positive mood benefits, but I was going through so much turmeric powder and it was making such a mess! Though also delicious in goldmilk lattes, it wasn't as effective in its health benefits as I wanted it to be.
So, I planned to take Turmeric supplements to fix the issue of having to buy too much expensive powder, until I learned this: turmeric supplements and powders have poor absorption rates because they are not water soluble. Turmeric In the essential oil version, though, easily absorbs through cellular membranes due to the constituent called Tumerones that's distilled.
Tumerones from the essential oil are readily absorbed, and can easily act on cellular membranes. They can cross membranes to be active in the body and have many benefits including natural tissue support, increased antioxidant capacity, cardiovascular support, and neuroprotective to even help preserve brain function. In fact, a study showed that healthy neurons in the presence of turmeric demonstrated improved neuronal response and greater resilience. Stressed neurons in the presence of turmeric demonstrated greater health and activity!
There's no point in taking supplements that are not bioavailable in our bodies, you are essentially flushing money down the toilet when you do this.
Curcuminoids are chemical constituents in the capsules and powder, and unfortunately, they have a poor absorption rate, so you cannot get the full value from them. This is often why you hear you need to take turmeric with a fat and black pepper to improve the absorption rate.
The best part, with the essential oil, you do not need to take it with a fat or black pepper for absorption. The tumerones in the oil have you covered!
What about other brands of Turmeric essential oil? Most turmeric on the market is a Co2 extraction and not an essential oil. What’s the problem with this? It’s selective and we don’t get the full chemistry profile with Co2, which means the benefits with using it are inconsistent. Co2 extracts contain lots of water-soluble curcuminoids and little tumerones, which means poor absorption. Remember, curcuminoids equals poor absorption.
When the chemistry is inconsistent in its ratios, there is inconsistency in the benefit.
What you want to have in your turmeric supplement is the chemical constituent, Curcumin (sounds similar, but it's very different). We learned from the third party testing company that doTERRA uses, The Aromatic Plant Research Center, that Curcumin is an anti-microbial agent, and it inhibits the growth of fungi, bacteria, viruses etc. They said if the pharmaceutical industry could patent this miracle plant, they would!
Some properties of Curcumin are exclusive; for example its' antidepressant activity, protection against cardiovascular diseases, action against cystic fibrosis, and drug induced liver injury.
Why is it a big deal? Typically it's difficult to take Curcumin that's bioavailable to our bodies. Not anymore! Read more about the difference between Curcumin and Curcuminoids here.
How does this oil tie in to our spiritual body system? Well Turmeric enters the Liver and Gall Bladder, and in Chinese Medicine, the Gall Bladder influences our decision-making processes. This includes very big, bold decisions that create massive yet positive detours in the direction your life is going.
Turmeric clears out the gunky and toxic situations, places, relationships and even ideas out of your spirit. If there is something you have been wanting to do for a long time..... but had too many fears and doubts, use this oil!
You can take 1-2 drops internally for cell viability and protection. I like to take my 2 drops in a veggie capsule ($4 from doTERRA) mixed with fractionated coconut oil each day. Use topically over certain areas to calm tissue irritation.
Another way to take is in your food and drink! Here's a golden milk recipe using Turmeric essential oil:
Positive Mood Golden Milk Latte
· 2 drops of Turmeric
· 1 drop of Ginger
· 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark
· 1 cup of plant mylk (almond, coconut, or soy)
1. Heat the mylk in the microwave or on the stove until hot
2. Add the drops of oil and stir thoroughly. Add honey if you need sweetener. Enjoy!
Basically, this is your new go-to oil! Let's break all the many benefits down by body system:
Maintain healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels
Maintain healthy blood vessels which helps promote healthy circulation
Metabolism support: to achieve weight loss
Support healthy nervous system function
Mood management: improves the mood and promote feelings of positivity
Reduce stress because of its soothing, calming and relaxing effects
Maintain healthy inflammatory response
Joint comfort and function (sometimes
Maintain healthy liver function
Support the healthy function of the gastrointestinal tract (if you have any digestion issues such as gastritis, this is for you!)
Promote a clean and healthy mouth
Promoting immunity: It has the ability to clear phlegm and toxins, so taking this protects from colds and illnesses
Spiritually and Emotionally:
Expect big shifts when using this oil, energetically it's not gentle
Cuts out toxic people and events from life
Cleanses chakras and energy fiends
Promotes feelings of prosperity
Removes fears and hesitation from going after what you want
New to doTERRA and don’t have Turmeric essential oil yet? Not to worry, you can actually get all the new products from convention in a kit and get a FREE car diffuser and kumquat, red mandarin, clementine oils this month (October) only! I would be happy to help support you and serve, send me a note at email@example.com