Ginger Essential Oil

Zingiber Officinale

Ginger Essential Oil is best known as a digestive aid but it is also known for treating acid reflux, arthritis, poor circulation, cold & flu, heart conditions, inflammation, IBS, morning sickness, nausea & vomiting, rheumatism, dysentery, malaria, fatty liver, etc.

It is used commercially in cosmetics and perfumes as well as food preparation, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.

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What is Ginger Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Ginger Essential Oil

Family:  Zingiberaceae
Origins:  Native to southern Asia but cultivated in tropical areas of Nigeria, the West Indies, India, China, Jamaica, and Japan. The oil is distilled in the UK, China, and India.
Other Names:  Common ginger, Jamaica ginger
Description:  A perennial herb with a tuberous rhizome root and a green, reed-like stalk with white or yellow flowers. 
Extraction:  Essential oil produced by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Root

Principal Constituents:  Gingerin, gingenol, gingerone, zingiberine, camphene, phellandrene and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Sensitive Skin - Should be used with caution on delicate skin; a carrier oil may be useful

Suggested Uses

Acid Reflux

Ginger Essential Oil is very effective at treating all kinds of digestive disorders/issues including:

  • acid reflux
  • bloating
  • colic
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • indigestion
  • flatulence
  • nausea

Ginger can be inhaled off of a tissue or cotton ball; it can be used in a salad or in your cooking; it can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey or taken in a gelatin capsule with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

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Arthritis

The effect of ginger supplementation on some immunity and inflammation intermediate genes expression in patients with active Rheumatoid Arthritis.  PubMed.gov

Ginger Essential Oil has a warming effect that is known to increase circulation and ease the pain in your joints and muscles.

To assist in treating your arthritis mix Ginger with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and apply it on the painful area. It can also be applied undiluted to smaller areas such as your fingers or wrists.

As a bonus, Ginger Oil can also help with other aches and pains as well as sprains and rheumatism.

Other Oils for Arthritis

Main Page - Arthritis Relief

Circulation

As mentioned in the above category on "Arthritis", Ginger Essential Oil has a warming action which can assist with your circulation.

It is especially helpful when used in a blend with other oils like the following recipe:

Massage the blend on the areas of concern avoiding sensitive locations such as genitals, allow it to work for about 10 minutes and then wash it off in the shower.

Other Oils for Circulation

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Cold and Flu

Ginger Essential Oil can help strengthen your system to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.

Take an equal amount of Ginger Oil and fractionated coconut oil in a gelatin capsule 3 times a day.

You can also apply this same blend on your neck, chest and sinus areas.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu

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Digestive System

Ginger Essential Oil is very effective at treating all kinds of digestive disorders/issues including:

  • acid reflux
  • bloating
  • colic
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • indigestion
  • flatulence
  • nausea

Ginger can be inhaled off of a tissue or cotton ball; it can be used in a salad or in your cooking; it can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey or taken in a gelatin capsule with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

Other Oils for Digestion

Main Page - Digestion Problems

Heart Health

Studies have shown that Ginger Essential Oil may have the ability to reduce cholesterol levels and prevent blood clotting, both of which are potential triggers for coronary heart disease.

It also contains powerful antioxidants which can protect against oxidative stress.

Try adding some Ginger Oil to your cooking, your drinking water or other beverage. It can also be consumed with a carrier oil in a gelatin capsule.

Other Oils for Heart Health

Inflammation

Ginger Essential Oil has natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and is very effective at treating painful conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. See category on "Arthritis" at the top of this page.

This oil has a warming effect that is known to increase circulation and ease the pain of inflammation in joints and muscles.

Mix Ginger Oil with a carrier oil such as aloe and coconut in a 50:50 blend and apply it on the painful area. It can also be applied undiluted to smaller areas such as your fingers or wrists.

Other Oils for Inflammation

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Irritable Bowel

Ginger Essential Oil contains gingerol which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and detoxifying properties.

These properties help intestinal muscles and make Ginger very effective in treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

It also contains oleoresin which provides antacid, laxative and anti-spasmodic properties.

As discussed under the category "Digestive System" above, it is very effective in the treatment of several digestive disorders/issues such as cramps, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence and nausea.

Ginger can be inhaled off of a tissue or cotton ball; it can be used in a salad or in your cooking; it can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey or taken in a gelatin capsule with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

Other Single Oils for Irritable Bowel

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Laryngitis

Ginger Essential Oil has been shown in studies to reduce the inflammation, pain and swelling caused by laryngitis.

Try adding some Ginger Oil to your favorite cup of tea each day.

Put a towel over your head and inhale a couple drops from a pot of steaming hot water to help remove mucous from your vocal chords.

Other Oils for Laryngitis

Nausea and Vomiting

Did you ever drink ginger ale to settle an upset stomach?

Ginger Essential Oil is often recommended to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, motion sickness or other conditions such as bloating, colic, diarrhea and indigestion.

It has been used following abdominal surgery or chemotherapy.

Ginger can be inhaled off of a tissue or cotton ball; it can be used in a salad or in your cooking; it can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey or taken in a gelatin capsule with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

Other Oils for Nausea and Vomiting

Pain Management

Ginger Essential Oil has a warming effect that is known to increase circulation and ease the pain in your joints and muscles. It can also help with other aches and pains as well as sprains and rheumatism.

To assist in treating your arthritis mix Ginger with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and apply it on the painful area. It can also be applied undiluted to smaller areas such as your fingers or wrists.

Varicose Veins

Ginger Essential Oil effectively reduces blood pressure by clearing blockages so blood can flow freely.

This oil works very well with spider veins on your face.

Other Oils for Varicose Veins

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Women's Issues

During pregnancy, Ginger Essential Oil can be used to relieve nausea and morning sickness as well as help your body:

  • absorb nutrients
  • block heartburn
  • give pain relief
  • manage glucose levels
  • reduce inflammation
  • relieve gas
  • relieve tired muscles
  • strengthen immunity

Inhale a few drops from a tissue or cotton ball.

Consume internally by adding a drop to a teaspoon of honey or mix with a carrier oil and fill a gelatin capsule.

Other Oils for Women's Issues

Combine With Other Oils

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