Ginger is derived from the root of the herb Zingiber Officinale. and has been utilized for centuries as a delicacy, medicine, and as a spice. Ginger originated in southern China, spreading to the Spice Islands and throughout Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean. However, Ginger did not appear in Europe until the 1st Century. The Ginger’s travels were all in connection with the lucrative spice trade.
The Greek and Romans utilized the benefits of ginger extensively. With its sensual mood enhancing properties the Romans especially appreciated ginger root by adding it to their wine.
The method of extraction is usually steam distillation. The plants cluster of pink and white flower buds with their blooming pretty yellow flower makes them a great addition to any subtropical landscaping. However, the root is not very attractive being an odd yellow or tan color with very unusual shapes.
Ginger Essential Oil Benefits
The health benefits of ginger essential oil are mainly are attributed to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative, digestive, expectorant, and its stimulating properties. Ginger contains many of the much needed nutrients for our body’s health; such as proteins, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, pantothenic acid, silicon and a small amount of vitamin B3. Ginger Essential Oil is a natural organic way to treat the ailments listed below.
- Stomach – Ginger is great for all those symptoms centered around any type of stomach issues.
- Food Poisoning – Ginger will also treat bacterial dysentery and intestinal infections.
- Nausea and Vomiting – A safe alternative for morning sickness and motion sickness.
- Malaria – The root and oil are used in the treatment of yellow fever also.
- Respiratory – Ginger is used for treating cold, flu, cough, asthma, and bronchitis.
- Menstruation – The analgesic will help with the pain and irregularity.
- Heart Ailments – Ginger can help to prevent and cure certain heart conditions.
- Impotency – Being an aphrodisiac makes Ginger effective in eliminating impotency.
- Kidney – Ginger root has been known to dissolve those horrible and painful kidney stones.
- Anxiety – With Ginger’s calming properties it can help ease anxiety attacks.
- Energy – Ginger is very effective relieving exhaustion and giving you revitalizing energy.
- Inflammation and Pain – Reduction of pain caused by rheumatoid systems, arthritis, headaches, and migraines. Using as the oil as a massage oil will help with muscle aches.
Ginger Essential Oil is the best way to achieve great results with minimal side effects. Ginger essential oil in normal concentration is non-toxic and a non-irritant.
Ginger Essential Oil Uses
- To help your dog with car sickness, just apply a drop on its paw. Ginger will settle their stomach make them feel much better about traveling.
- Ginger is great for air travel, as well as any type of motion sickness. Try inhaling or with some hot tea before traveling for a smoother experience. Or just apply a dab on your earlobes, base of your neck, and your wrist.
- Regular hair treatments with Ginger essential oil will increase your blood circulation in the scalp and make your hair healthier looking and also aids in preventing hair loss.
- When using as an aromatic therapy the Ginger oil will be warm, spicy, earthy, and woody. This is a great base to add a little citrus oil for a slight change.
- Cooking with Ginger essential oil is a great way to enhance your dishes and get the great benefits health wise. There are so many recipes as ginger is a great combination with most chicken dishes. Ginger can spice up your salmon and shrimp recipes as well.
- For mood swings, just inhale a few drops on a cotton ball or diffuser of the Ginger Essential Oil and you will feel energized and revitalized in no time.
- When you are having muscle aches and pains just add a few drops to your massage lotion or to a hot/cold compress for relaxing relief. Massaging with ginger oil will also help with your body’s circulation.
- Use a few drops to hot water for a streaming effect to help with sore throats or sinusitis and decongestant issues. The Ginger Essential Oil will have you breathing better within minutes.
- If your lymphatic system needs stimulating, just take a cotton ball with a few drops of ginger oil and dab under your arm pit.
- Try blending your Ginger Essential Oil with a few of other oils, such as bergamot oil, ylang ylang oil, lemongrass oil, helichrysum oil, all citrus oils and spice oils such as black pepper oil, cinnamon, clove, and cardamon oil.
Ginger Essential Oil Side Effects
Ginger essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.