The Uses and Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil is made from the distillation of the root of a tropical perennial herb growing 2-4 feet high with reed-like stems. Ginger has been used for centuries for food preparation and medicinal uses.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help reduce nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness. This herb is wonderfully warming and stimulating which makes it effective in relieving symptoms from common colds and flu.
This plant is essential in restoring digestive health. Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and other digestive problems.
Ginger appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness. There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
There are some studies that show that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels. Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer. However, there needs to more studies on this subject. It is also very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Ginger maintains healthy blood circulation. Our bodies need minerals and vitamins to remain healthy. Ginger essential oil is rich in minerals such as magnesium, chromium, and zinc. These minerals are important in normalizing blood circulation. Proper blood circulation is important to all functions and systems of the body.
Parts Used: Dried root
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Spicy, warm, woody, sweet, slightly pungent, hint of lemon and pepper, and has deep earthy undertones
Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, vetiver and ylang-ylang
Caution: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier). The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not considered appropriate for treatment of illness. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Ginger essential is possibly phototoxic and caution should be taken when using externally before being in the sun, as it may intensify the effects of the sun.