Turmeric has been used in India as a cure for almost everything since 2000 BC. In the South of India, the Vedic culture used it in cooking, religious ceremonies and for a variety of stomach and skin complaints.

Known scientifically as curcuma longa, turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Its fragrant oil is bright yellow, though there are colourless versions available for skincare. The oil contains turmerone, alpha-tumerone, curlone and even eucalyptol. These combine to make turmeric oil a powerful tool in your natural medicine cabinet.

Relieve muscle and joint pain

Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine use turmeric to treat arthritis and joint pain. The alpha-curcumene in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. Rub turmeric oil into the affected area to alleviate inflammation and pain.

A natural skin treatment

For eczema, psoriasis, acne and allergic reactions, turmeric calms and soothes. It reduces redness and irritation. It also encourages blood flow to the skin, assisting with faster healing times. Additionally, turmeric has antiseptic properties, which helps to reduce infections and prevent scarring. It may also help to decrease signs of aging by reducing wrinkles and age spots.

Stomach upsets

Turmeric has been used for centuries as a digestive and to relieve an irritated stomach. Similar to its cousin ginger, turmeric reduces bloating and cramps. Be wary when ingesting – start with minimal amounts to avoid unpleasant consequences.

Bites and stings

Along with the skin calming qualities, the antibiotic qualities of turmeric oil prevent infection. Apply a spot of oil topically to calm any insect bite or sting.

Helps relieve the common cold

Adding a few drops of turmeric oil to a bowl of hot water and then inhaling the vapours may help to alleviate cold symptoms, such as a blocked nose.  With its anti-microbial and antibiotic qualities, adding turmeric oil or even turmeric powder to your meals and drinks may help to fight illness.

Useful in so many ways

With a host of amazing qualities and a number of possible applications, turmeric is an amazing medicinal treatment. Supporting a healthy diet, the natural abilities of turmeric will help a variety of stomach complaints. Applied topically, the oil will boost your skin health, reduce inflammation and irritation. Try it yourself next time you have a skin or stomach complaint.