Ginger Essential Oil, a Boon to Your Health!
Originating in India, ginger is a common spice in Indian, Chinese and Caribbean cuisine. The health benefits of ginger oil can be attributed to its digestive, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antiseptic, carminative, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties.
Ginger essential oil is extracted from the Zingiber Officinale root. An acrid compound called Gingerol is where the hot and bitter taste of ginger comes from. This compound is also responsible for most of the health benefits attributed to the root.
These benefits include:
Relief for Stomach Issues
Ginger root and ginger oil are used to treat upset stomachs nausea, motion sickness, vomiting indigestion, stomach ache, colic, spasms, diarrhea, flatulence, dyspepsia and other digestive problems. It is very useful a safe method of treating nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, because it poses no harm to the pregnant woman or fetus. It can also increase your appetite, which is helpful when recovering from sickness.
For the Treatment of Food Poisoning
Because it is antiseptic and carminative substance, ginger essential oil can be used to treat food poisoning, bacterial dysentery and intestinal infections.
For the Treatment of Respiratory Disorders
Ginger is an effective expectorant. As such, it can treat cold, cough, flu, asthma, bronchitis, breathlessness and other respiratory problems. Ginger is also very useful for removing mucus from the throat and lungs. For a cold, try adding ginger and lemon oils to your tea.
To Reduce Inflammation
Research has proven that a substance called Zingibain which is present in ginger is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is an analgesic that reduces the pain caused by arthritis, rheumatic conditions, muscle aches, headaches, and migraines. You can massage the oil into muscles for pain relief.
To Reduce Menstrual Cramps
The analgesic properties in ginger are effective to combat the pain and cramping associated with a menstrual period.
To Promote Mental Well-Being
Ginger essential oil is stimulating and helps relieve exhaustion, dizziness, depression, mental stress, restlessness and anxiety.
To Treat Impotency
As an aphrodisiac, the essential oil of ginger helps to treat impotency and preventing early ejaculation.
For a Healthy Heart
Research has demonstrated that ginger helps to reduce cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots. This translated to a healthier heart with reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, or blockages.
To Dissolve Kidney Stones
Extremely painful, passing a kidney stone is an excruciating experience that no one wants to go through. Consuming ginger helps to dissolve kidney stones so that this experience can be avoided.
To prevent Cancer
Over 17 other studies have shown that ginger helps to prevent cancer. In fact, it has been shown that it has a positive impact on over 101 diseases that affect us.
For Hair Care
Packed with vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and more, the essential oil of ginger can help treat hair loss and improve the health of brittle hair. It also helps to treat dandruff. You can apply ginger essential oil directly to your scalp in order to reap these hair healthy benefits.
Ginger essential oil is very strong. A little goes a long way, so it should be used sparingly.