Ginger is a spice that has many medicinal properties which is why it is often used as a natural medicine. However, besides ginger powder the oil from this plant can also be very beneficial. It has many uses such as improving circulation, relieving pain, improving digestion, treating diarrhea and indigestion etc.
We recommend the following uses:
- Apply 2-3 drops in a diffuser and inhale. This will boost your energy levels and revitalize your mind, soul, and body.
- Apply a drop on your abdomen and gently massage to relieve diarrhea and gas.
- Add it to your hot bath or apply a few drops on a hot or cold compress and place it on the painful areas
- Inhale via a diffuser or vaporizer to relieve runny nose, sinusitis, and sore throat.
- Mix 2-3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil and use this oil for massage to relieve arthritis, backache, fractures, muscle pain, rheumatism, revitalize your libido and stimulate your circulatory system.
The many benefits of ginger oil are the result of its powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, digestive, carminative, expectorant, and stimulating properties. It can treat many health problems, including:
- Chronic Disease: The journal Nutrition published a study which showed that the daily intake of 2-4 grams of ginger can prevent numerous chronic diseases.
- Food Poisoning: Due to its potent antiseptic and carminative properties, ginger oil can treat food poisoning, bacterial dysentery and intestinal infections.
- Heart Ailments: The regular usage of ginger oil can reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, blood clots and lower the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. People who consume ginger regularly, can reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 13%
- Hypertension: The regular consumption of ginger can reduce the risk of developing hypertension by 8%. According to a 2005 study, ginger can lower blood pressure by blocking the voltage-dependent calcium channels.
- Malaria And Yellow Fever: According to a study, ginger oil can repel Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which are the main cause of malaria in tropical countries.
- Respiratory Problems: This oil can treat coughs, bronchitis, breathlessness, flu, and asthma. In fact, fresh ginger can eliminate mucus from lungs and throat, and is usually added to tea because of its soothing effects.
- Relieves Pain: Ginger and ginger oil can reduce prostaglandins, compounds related to pain.
- Stomach and Bowel Related Problems: Ginger oil has the ability to improve digestion, and it is an excellent remedy for dyspepsia, spasms, flatulence, and indigestion. Moreover, it is recommended for individuals who are trying to gain weight as it can increase the appetite.
Even better, it’s easy to make your own ginger oil!
- Fresh ginger
- 1½ c olive oil
- Oven-safe bowl
- Cheese grater
- Rinse a cup of fresh ginger, including the skin, and let dry for a couple of hours.
- Pour olive oil into an oven-safe bowl.
- Chop ginger, then use cheese grater to shred.
- Add to olive oil, make sure to mix well.
- Put the mixture in the oven and let it simmer under low heat (150 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2 hours.
- Once done simmering, pour the mixture through an unbleached cheese cloth in order to filter it and eliminate the bits of ginger.
- Next, squeeze out the remaining oil from the cheese cloth and transfer the ginger oil into bottles.
- Keep in a cool and dry place, where it will stay fresh for up to 6 months.
In general, ginger oil is safe for use as long as it is not used in very strong concentrations. Those who have sensitive skin are recommended to do a skin patch test before they decide to use ginger oil in order to find out if they have any allergic reactions to it. You can also dilute the ginger oil in other carrier oils, such as bergamot, frankincense, ylang-ylang, neroli, sandalwood, and rose.
Make sure not to apply ginger oil on skin areas that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours after application because ginger oil may be phototoxic. Pregnant women are recommended to consult their doctor before using ginger oil while young children are not allowed to use it at all.
Side Effects of Ginger Oil
It is not recommended to use ginger oil if you have any sensitivity to ginger root. Ginger oil can cause some side effects, including nausea, heartburn, sores in the mouth, and skin rashes (if you use it topically). Also, it is very important to consult your physician in a case you are taking some medications.