Ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, which make a potent home remedy. You can use it for pain relief or motion sickness also.
Benefits of Ginger Oil
Ginger oil has many benefits associated with anti-inflammatory, digestive, antiseptic and stimulating properties.
- Pain-Ginger and ginger oil can help reduce day-to-day progression muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
- Nausea, especially morning sickness-Ginger oil helps promote proper digestion, and can be a great remedy for spasm, dyspepsia, indigestion, and flatulence. It can also increase your appetite, which is good for people who are trying to gain weight.
- Food poisoning-Ginger oil’s antiseptic and carminative properties can help treat food poisoning, as well as intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery(chronic indigestion).
- Respiratory issues-Ginger oil can help relieve and treat coughs, flu, asthma, breathlessness, and bronchitis. Fresh ginger can actually remove mucus from the throat and lungs, and is commonly added to tea for its soothing effects.
- Heart ailments-Using ginger oil regularly can reduce your risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as help decrease bad cholesterol levels in your blood.
- Chronic disease-Research in the journal of Nutrition suggests that a daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of ginger may help prevent chronic diseases.
What Is Ginger Oil?
Ginger oil comes from ginger root (Zingiber officinale), a pungent, gnarled ground rhizome. It is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family. It is a perennial herb that grows three to four foot high with narrow spear-shaped leaves, white or yellow flowers and small tuberous rhizomes with a thick or thin brown skin.
Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, especially in ancient Chinese, Indian and Greek cultures.
Uses of Ginger Oil
When used topically, ginger oil can help relieve aches and pain as well as promote blood circulation.
Aromatherapists also use ginger for it’s soothing and warming properties to help alleviate digestive problems.
- Apply two to three drops in a diffuser, or on a cotton ball and inhale. This will help revitalize your body, mind and soul.
- Mix tow to three drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use as a massage oil. This helps relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain and stimulate our circulatory system.
- Inhale by diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose. It can also work as a decongestant.
How to Make Ginger Oil
You can make you own ginger oil diffusion at home.
Fresh ginger, 1 1/2 cups olive oil, Oven-safe bowl, cheese grater.
Rinse a cup of fresh ginger, including the skin, and let dry for a few hours. Pour the olive oil in an oven-safe bowl. Chop the ginger and the shred with cheese grater. Add to the olive oil and mix well. Put the mixture in the oven on low heat (150 degrees) for at least 2 hours. Pour the mixture through unbleached cheese cloth and filter the ginger bits out. Transfer the ginger oil into clean bottles and store in a cool dry place. The infusion will last up to six months.
Ginger is one of the very few “superfoods” that is actually worthy of the term.
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