Warm, spicy and energizing, Ginger essential oil is extracted from ginger root (Zingiber officinale), a pungent-tasting and somewhat curious-looking rhizome that grows underground.
The benefits of ginger oil are due primarily to its potent mono- and sesquiterpenoids, such as neral, geranial, 1,8-cineol, zingiberene, beta-bisabolene, and B-sesquiphellandrene. It also contains the following compounds: a-pinene, B-pinene, camphene, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, geraniol, and geranyl acetate.
Joint Pain and Digestive Problems: Ginger Essential Oil Works Wonders
The benefits of ginger for relieving pain are now widely recognized, and although fresh ginger can be eaten (raw, grated in vegetable juice or brewed, as a tea), ginger essential oil can provide the same benefits for the whole body.
When applied topically, ginger essential oil can help relieve aches and pains, and promote blood circulation.
Aromatherapists are also harnessing the soothing and comforting qualities of ginger essential oil to treat digestive issues. This is also one of its most popular uses: it relieves all types of digestive problems, such as nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, and even morning sickness.
Here’s how to use ginger essential oil in practice
Here are some of the possible uses of ginger oil to treat different health conditions:
Pour two to three drops into a diffuser, or onto a cotton ball or handkerchief, then inhale. It will energize you and revitalize your body, mind and soul.
Pour two to three drops in 2 cl of vegetable oil and use it in massage oil. It helps to relieve back pain, arthritis, muscle pain, rheumatism and fractures, stimulates blood circulation and revitalizes your libido.
You can also add it to a warm bath or pour a few drops on a hot or cold compress, to apply to the affected area.
Inhale it through a diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat and runny nose. It also acts as a decongestant.
Massage your belly with a drop of ginger oil to relieve gas and diarrhea.