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Uses and Benefits of Ginger Oil

Updated on October 9, 2014

What is Ginger Oil?

Ginger oil is extracted from the tuberous rhizome that is taken from a perennial herb growing to a maximum height of 3 feet, which produces a distinct aroma. Ginger is one of the top choices of spices used in culinary arts from various parts of the world, although it traces its origin in India and China.

On top of ginger oil’s rich aroma, it contains several therapeutic properties that help produce its numerous health benefits. Since there are several varieties of ginger available, one specific variety is used in extracting the oils used in aromatherapy, which is Zingiber Officinale. It contains a compound known as Gingerol that makes healing possible.

Ginger ssential oils

Therapeutic Properties

These essential oil properties produce the healing action on various parts of the body to produce effective results. These properties make a suitable alternative against synthetic medications since they naturally act on your body without causing adverse side effects. Here are some of the properties present in ginger oil:

  • antispasmodic
  • analgesic
  • antiseptic
  • expectorant
  • bactericidal
  • stimulant
  • tonic
  • laxative
  • tonic
  • stomachic
  • sudorific
  • carminative
  • rubefacient
  • cephalic
  • febrifuge

Ginger is Your Friend

Digestive Disorder

Among the therapeutic properties of ginger oil is stomachic, which is responsible for countering the effects of digestive problems. Aside from common stomach upset, it can cure many different digestive conditions that include the following: indigestion, diarrhea, spasm, dyspepsia, stomach ache, among others.

Using ginger oil to massage on the affected area will facilitate in the quick absorption of the oil properties into your digestive system for immediate relief. You could also use an old-fashioned approach of including ginger in your food preparation for an effective digestive relief. If you have problems with your appetite, preparing a tea out of the ginger root is a comforting choice of treatment.

Natural Cure for Inflammation

Ginger essential oil contains analgesic properties that effectively treat different types of pain and inflammation. This is mainly due to a substance known as Zingibain, which research has identified to make this healing action possible. Therefore, you can use ginger oil for just about any type of pain including muscle aches, headaches or migraines, and arthritis. To reduce muscle strain that is causing the pain, you can gently massage ginger oil for immediate relief.

Expert aromatherapists has also shown that constant use of ginger oil cause a decrease in prostaglandin that creates a painful sensation in your body. So if you want a natural pain reliever, ginger essential oil is your best choice.

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Heart Diseases

The use of ginger in ancient China as a spice is intended not only for the enhancement of the dish’ flavor, it is also believed to boost your cardiovascular system. Hence, it is one of the top choices of essential oils to use in curing heart diseases. The regular use of ginger oil has been determined to reduce the risks of blood clotting and produce a significant decrease in your cholesterol level. All of these were identified as the main causes of heart stroke, cardiac arrest, and other cardiovascular problems.

Respiratory Relief

Ginger oil comes with a cooling and pungent aroma because of its expectorant property. And the use of ginger oil in treating common respiratory conditions such as cold, cough, flu, asthma, and bronchitis have been known even way back during ancient times. There are two ways wherein ginger oil makes healing respiratory conditions effective. First, the expectorant property helps to easily break down mucus that has formed in your lungs. With the break down of the mucus, it is much easier for you to clear your throat off of them for long lasting relief.

Other Uses for Ginger Oil

The role of ginger as a cooking spice is unparalleled due to its distinct aroma and powerful flavor, which adds vitality to any dish. In addition to treating your taste buds to wonderful tasting dishes, it has numerous other benefits when used in alternative medicine. The essential oil extracted specifically from the ginger root is rich in therapeutic properties that offer treatment against the following health conditions:

*Menstrual Disorder: Several women commonly suffer from painful menstruation, irregular menstrual cycle, and other related conditions. Ginger essential oil offer an effective but natural treatment against these conditions.

*Nausea: If you are suffering from nausea and other similar conditions, regardless of cause, ginger essential oil and the aroma it emits very effectively provides quick relief. All you have to do is sniff into it or make an inhalation to balance your senses.

*Food Poisoning: Ginger essential oil contains antiseptic and carminative properties that are effective for addressing problems of food poisoning. These same properties also make ginger oil effective in treating intestinal infections, dysentery, among others.

*Impotency: In addition to treating problems concerning the female reproductive organ, ginger oil can also address problems on men’s health due to its aphrodisiac quality.

*Malaria: This type of ailment is potentially fatal, hence an effective treatment such as the use of ginger oil can be life-saving.

Using Ginger Oil

To gain relief from various health conditions with the use of ginger oil, you need more than just its therapeutic properties. The more crucial aspect is your choice of method of application, which decides how fast your body is able to absorb the essential qualities of the oil for immediate healing.

The diffusion method is one of the more relaxing methods of acquiring and experiencing the benefits of using ginger oil. By adding a few drops of the oil into the diffuser, it breaks down the oil into molecular substances that are easily dispersed all throughout your room. Once the oil is dispersed into tiny substances, it becomes easier for you to inhale and breathe in. The diffusion method is very effective in treating respiratory conditions such as nausea, flu, cold, and increase mental alertness.

You can also ad a few drops of ginger oil into your bathwater for a refreshing way of acquiring its therapeutic effect. Make sure to dilute the concentration with carrier oil to avoid skin sensitization. If possible, use warm water for your bath to allow the release of steam. Using the bath method is very ideal for curing arthritis, muscle pain, rheumatism, and poor circulation.

And lastly, the easiest method of treating conditions such as nausea, indigestion, and morning sickness is through the inhalation method. Simply add a few drops of ginger oil into a piece of cloth and sniff into it for immediate relief.

Essential Oil DVDs on Amazon

Ginger Essential Oil Video on Amazon

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