Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is one of the most powerful home remedies you can use to relieve motion sickness and pain. Therefore, the fact that ginger oil provides whole body benefits doesn’t come as a surprise.
Ginger is an herb that can reach 4 feet height. Ginger root is an underground rhizome with brown skin and the flesh is red, white or yellow. Ginger oil is actually extracted from the root.
Ginger has been used in ancient Indian, Greek and Chinese civilizations, for medicinal and culinary purpose. In the Roman Empire it became one of the most value spices and most traded, along with black pepper.
It can be eaten fresh, grated into a vegetable juice, steeped as a tea or dried.
Its oil has yellow color, thin consistency and strong aroma. Fresh ginger root is superior to other variations and it is most aromatic.
Uses Of Ginger Oil
Although ginger oil is mostly used as a pain reliever, its health benefits go far beyond this. It provides a relief from pain when used topically but also improves blood circulation.
Ginger oil is also known for its warming and soothing properties, which is the reason why aromatherapists use it to address digestive issues. One of its most popular uses include relieving digestive upset, such as morning sickness, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and ingestion.
Below you have a list of some of the most popular uses of ginger oil:
– Massage a drop of ginger oil onto the abdomen to relieve diarrhea and gas
– Inhale dinger oil through a vaporizer or diffuser to relieve sore throat, runny nose, and sinusitis
– Mix 2-3 drops in 1 oz of carrier oil and use it as a massage oil to relieve muscle pain, fractures, rheumatism, muscle pain, arthritis, and backache.
– Add it to a hot bath or on a compress and then apply onto the affected area
– Apply a few drops in a diffuser or on a cotton ball and then inhale to revitalize your body and boost your energy levels
Composition Of Ginger Oil
Most of ginger oil benefits come from B-sesquiphellandrene, geranial, 1,8-cineole,neral, zingiberene, B-bisabolene, and other mono and sesqui – terpenoids. Also, it contains camphene, linalool, borneol,nerol, geraniol, geranyl acetate, y-terpineol, a-pinene, and B-pinene.
Benefits Of Ginger Oil
Ginger oil aсts as рotent anti-inflammatory agent and it рossesses exрeсtorant, digestive, stimulating, сarminative, analgesiс, and antiseрtiс рroрerties. Below you have a list of some of its benefits:
1. Stomaсh and Bowel Related Issues
Ginger oil is great for рeoрle who would liкe to gain weight as it inсreases aррetite. It рromotes рroрer digestion and worкs against flatulenсe, indigestion, dysрeрsia, and sрasms.
2. Food Poisoning
Due to ginger antiseptic and carminative properties, ginger oil successfully treats food poisoning, intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery.
3. Malaria and Yellow Fever
It has been scientifically shown that ginger oil repels Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which are the major carrier of malaria.
Ginger alleviates pain by reducing prostaglandins, compounds associated with pain.
5. Heart Ailments
Using ginger oil on a regular basis lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis and it reduces the bad cholesterol levels in the blood.
Adults who consume ginger daily have an 8 percent lower risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure). A 2005 study found ginger may lower blood pressure through blockade of voltage-dependent calcium channels.
7. Chronic Disease
Research published in the journal Nutrition suggests daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of ginger daily may help prevent chronic diseases.
8. Respiratory Problems
Ginger oil can relieve asthma, flu, bronchitis, breathlessness, and coughs. It is often added to tea due to its soothing effects and its ability remove mucus from lungs and throat.
How To Make Ginger Oil
These are the ingredients that you need to make your own ginger oil at home:
– Fresh ginger
– Cheese grater
– 1 ½ cups olive oil
– Oven-safe bowel
– Take a fresh ginger and rinse it. Then leave it for a few hours to dry.
– In a bowl, pour the olive oil.
– Chop and grate the ginger and add it into the bowl.
– Mix well and simmer in the oven for about 2 hours under low temperature.
– Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth and filter it. When is done, squeeze the remaining oil out.
– Pour it into bottles and keep it in a cool and dry place.
How Does Ginger Oil Work?
Ginger oil is made of 90% sesquiterpenes, which are responsible for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a warming and energizing effect when inhaled or applied topically.
Is Ginger Oil Safe?
As long as it’s not used in very strong concentrations, ginger oil is generally safe, as it is non-toxic and non-irritating. If you have sensitive skin, please do a skin patch test before using ginger oil (or any essential oil, for that matter) to see if you have any allergic reactions to it.
You should also consider diluting ginger oil in other carrier oils. Some of the best choices are citrusy and spicy oils like neroli, frankincense, bergamot, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood.
Ginger oil may be phototoxic, so avoid applying it on skin areas that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours after application. I also advise pregnant women and nursing moms to use ginger oil with caution, even though it has been deemed useful for morning sickness. Consult your healthcare provider before use. Avoid administering this oil to very young children as well.
Side Effects Of Ginger Oil
– Sores in the mouth
– Skin rashes