Ginger oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it one of the most potent home remedies you can use to relieve pain and motion sickness. Ginger oil is extracted from fresh ginger root and offers whole body benefits and much, much more. It’s warm, spicy and energizing with a pungent and peculiar looking underground rhizome.
This perennial herb grows up to three to four feet high and has narrow spear-shaped leaves with white or yellow flowers, and small tuberous rhizomes with a thick or thin brown skin. The flesh itself can be yellow, white or red, depending upon the variety.
For thousands of years ginger has been valued for it medicinal and culinary properties, especially in ancient Chinese, Indian and Greek civilizations. In Ayurvedic medicine it is considered a key plant. This plant is one of the most flexible food ingredients today. Ginger can be eaten fresh, dried, steeped as a tea or grated into your vegetable juice. The source for tinctures and supplements comes from the dried root. Of course it is also transformed into ginger oil that is an energizing and uplifting oil with many uses.
Below are some ways to use ginger oil for various health problems.
- Use 2 to 3 drops in a diffuser or on a cotton ball or handkerchief, and then inhale. This re-energizes and revitalizes your body, mind and soul.
- Mix 2 to 3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil for a message oil to help relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain, rheumatism and fractures. Try adding to your hot bath or put a few drops on a hot or cold compress to apply to the affected areas. It will also stimulate your circulatory system and revitalize your libido.
- Inhaling by a diffuser or vaporizer will relieve sinusitis, sore throat and runny noses. Try it as a decongestant.
- Massage a drop into your abdomen to relieve gas and diarrhea.
The many benefits of ginger oil are due to its anti-inflammatory, digestive, expectorant, antiseptic, carminative, analgesic and stimulating properties. Some other health problems it will help are:
- Stomach and bowel related problems
- Food Poisoning
- Malaria and yellow fever
- Respiratory problems
- Heart Ailments
- Chronic disease
Ginger oil is made up of 90% sesquiterpeners that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other healing properties. It is safe as long as it’s not used in very strong concentrations, as it is non-toxic and non-irritating. Do a skin patch test before using ginger oil if you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitivity to ginger root, do not use it at all, as you may end up with heartburn, sores in the mouth, nausea and/or skin rashes. You might also consider diluting ginger oil in other carrier oils.
– Dr Fredda Branyon