Turmeric Inhaler/ Turmeric Smoke Inhalation: Home Remedy for Headache

This turmeric inhaler is a very effective home remedy for headache, that we have been using for a long time. The best thing about this inhaler is it requires just two ingredients. Though there are many varieties of turmeric, we commonly use only two types of turmeric. The fat variety of turmeric called “Kundu manjal” named after it’s round fat shape and thin long ones called” Virali manjal”. Though both varieties belongs to turmeric family, they vary according to their levels of curcumin.

For this inhaler we will need the thin long ones called virali manjal. This turmeric inhaler will help to relieve congestion due to cold in young children and also helps to relieve headache in adults. The fumes given out by this turmeric inhaler is very mild, next time when your child finds it difficult to sleep due to congestion, try this inhaler. This inhaler also has castor oil. I remember my grandma saying that before each of her children were born, they always ground fresh castor oil, to use it on the child.

We use castor oil extensively as a home remedy for newborns and for external applications too. I was just amazed to read that there are no drugs for proper working of lymphatic system, but external application of castor oil helps in proper lymphatic flow. Proper working of lymphatic system is one of the underlying keys to good health and vitality. Both turmeric and castor oil make this an effective inhaler for both adults and children.

Try to use the best quality castor oil and organic turmeric for this homemade inhaler. To make this inhaler, first take a long piece of virali manjal and soak half of  it in castor oil for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Then hold the part that is not soaked in castor oil and light up the part that is soaked. Once it starts burning well, put of the flame. It will start emitting smoke, use it as an inhaler for both adults and children.

Turmeric Inhaler:

1. These are the two common varieties of turmeric, we use.

2. Take a long piece of turmeric (virali manjal) and soak half of the piece in castor oil for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Hold the end that is not soaked and light the end of the turmeric that is soaked in castor oil.

4. Put off the fire immedietly. It will start emitting smoke. Use it as an inhaler.


  • Please be careful when lighting up the turmeric and try to use a long piece to prevent getting burnt.
  • Use only castor oil, for this remedy.


  1. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Iam suffering from Sinusitis.It relieved from Headache.Thanks a lot

  2. Anonymous
    December 21, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    Please provide the detergent for cloths like ariel,etc….

  3. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 22, 2014 / 5:01 am

    I will try posting detergent recipes on the blog, soon… 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    January 9, 2015 / 4:14 am

    I am suffering from severe headache.Don't know if it is sinusitis or not. I have this head ache when i travel or getting tensed or when i go out in sun. I have consulted many doctors and the medicine din't made any result in me. Any how I am going to try this. Hope this will work.

  5. Anonymous
    March 17, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    hello I am curious if this is with fresh turmeric or dried? Thank you I will check back in or maybe it would be best to e-mail you!?;-)

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2015 / 5:21 pm

      Hi,I have used dried turmeric in this remedy…:)

  6. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Can I use turmeric powder and smoke it like a cigarette?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:37 pm

      It will cause sneezing, instead sprinkle it over hot coal and inhale the fumes…

  7. Ramya Shanmugham
    January 13, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Thanks for such a good post Ramya

  8. A Simpler Life
    February 16, 2017 / 2:57 am

    What about boiling fresh turmeric and breathing the steam? Does this work as well?

  9. Abirami
    February 23, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Can this be used to clear nasal congestion in infants as well ?

  10. sandra mccutcheon
    April 4, 2018 / 1:00 am

    Can you use it in a vaporizer with other herbs and get benefits

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 4, 2018 / 4:28 am

      Yes, you can use it with other herbs like eucalyptus, Sandra…

  11. Anonymous
    May 11, 2018 / 4:00 am

    can you explain how to do this?

    ” external application of castor oil helps in proper lymphatic flow. Proper working of lymphatic system is one of the underlying keys to good health and vitality”

  12. ashok raman
    February 19, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    I am pretty sure this will work against COVID too. Curcumin has proven properties to destroy the lipid layer of such viruses and so this procedure should definitely lead to a relief and then a cure. I wish the world would be aware of such simple techniques instead of attempting the use of expensive, emergency-use vaccines and their limitations (of dealing with various virus mutants).

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