The use of turmeric for health and beauty is age old. One only has to look as far as pinterest to see its vast use in beauty treatments. But there is also solid evidence of benefit to those who suffer from arthritis and system inflammation.
Forms of turmeric:
Here’s the breakdown of turmeric by available forms and the best application for each.
the actual spice powder
Internal use: used primarily for cooking, and for use in teas.
External use: used in DIY beauty treatments and in 1st aid poultice applications. Caution: the spice will stain skin and clothing.
the extract or tincture
Internal use: liquid form, in a dark colored glass bottle with a dropper cap. This will normally have dosage listed and instructions for use. If you want to measure out partial doses, or have trouble with swallowing a capsule, this is the best application for you. People who use the extract usually do so for medical reasons. Tinctures and extracts will have an NPN number on the bottle.
the essential oil
External use: used as part of a beauty treatment or added to a carrier oil or ointment for treating a specific concern. The essential oil is highly odoriferous and can overpower other scents in a blend. You should find the botanical name and country of origin on the bottle. (It will also very likely say “not for ingestion”, and that is totally okay.) For beauty applications, it’s much easier to add a drop or two to a clay mask than to mess around with the powdered spice.
Note: Nature Notes has the essential oil available for purchase as a custom order.
Internal use: for people who want to take turmeric in a measured powdered form without dealing with the taste of the tincture. This will also have an NPN on the bottle.
For specific information on the benefits and contraindications of turmeric please click on the following resources:
Be Healthy Blog Article on Turmeric by Kate Forsyth