Thursday, May 19, 2016


Why You Should Be Obsessed with Curcuma
I’ll admit to a recent obsession with the Curcuma genus from the Zingiberaceae (Ginger) family. It began when Marge brought in steam distilled Turmeric (curcuma longa) and continued with our acquisition of Javanese Turmeric (Javanese Ginger or Temulawak). To be totally honest, my Ginger fascination may have started with the incredible Ginger CO2 Total & Select Extracts over the winter which I used to warm my feet & legs & promote circulation during the cold. (10% dilution) 
We are even thinking of offering a Ginger family kit/sampler! 

Ginger is known for its sweet-spicy, rootsy, often pungent aroma.  It is warming & anti-inflammatory.  It can also help with nausea. (Our imaginary sampler kit would include the Gingers, Plai, Turmeric, Javanese Turmeric CO2, Cardamom and Fingerroot.)

One of the more interesting oils we’ve come across recently is Javanese Turmeric CO2. Research into “Javanese Ginger,” continues to reveal promising research broadly beneficial. The species is believed to have originated from Indonesia’s Java Island many centuries ago; today its habitat is often moist soil, tropical or island, throughout parts of Southeast Asia and can even be found in Australia.  Indigenous peoples consider Temulawak a panacea or “cure-all.”  The herb is used for everything from headache to nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, immune building, and more. 
The carbon dioxide extracted (CO2) Javanese Turmeric (Curcuma xanthorrhiza) we offer comes from     It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial.  For application, one might use it in a pain relief blend for any sort of inflammatory ailment such as arthritis.  As an antibacterial, research is showing it as effective against staph mutans, oral bacteria thought to promote tooth decay, and other oral pathogens in the mouth.  We believe a blend of Javanese Turmeric CO2, Myrrh, and Mastic could be helpful for sore or irritated gums.  This CO2 extract contains close to 80% curcumenes!
Indonesia and is extracted from dried plant roots.

It is said to be calming both mentally and emotionally.  The aroma is sweet, softly spicy, and a bit earthy.

Although there are no known safety warnings about this oil I would avoid its use with babies and during pregnancy.

Javanese Turmeric’s use in cosmetics, flavoring, and other products is on the rise this decade as we consider its promising future.  To read more and access the Certificate of Analysis (CofA), visit: 

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