Top 10 Ginger Essential Oil Uses

Ginger Essential Oil Uses

In one way or another, most people are familiar with ginger root. It’s a popular holiday spice, and the ground version is often incorporated into cakes, pies and more. It’s also used diced and ground in savory dishes around the world. Unlike many natural remedies, the use of ginger for medicinal applications is relatively widely known, and its use in motion sickness is prevalent in the natural healing and medical communities alike. Oil extracted from the root is thought to be useful for this and numerous other uses because of its potency. Unfortunately, its exclusive affiliation with nausea reduction means that some other ginger essential oil uses may be overlooked.

While many are nearly forgotten about today, essential oil uses linked to ginger are plentiful, and are attributed to the oil’s pain relieving, inflammation reducing, stimulating and germ killing properties. These healthful benefits are what are behind numerous ginger essential oil uses, some of which have been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Ten of the best of them follow including those that predate modern medicine as well as those still important in natural healing today.

1. Back Pain: Ginger is thought to be a powerful natural pain reliever and complex chemical compounds found in the oil are likely responsible for this analgesic activity. In people with sensitive skin, dilution with a carrier oil following a skin test is appropriate, although some can apply neat to the affected area with no adverse reaction as it’s considered non-irritating as well as non-toxic.

2. Malaria: Westerners probably don’t think too much about Malaria, but in parts of the world where it is prevalent, preventing it is very important. A specific type of mosquito is most commonly known for spreading the disease, and ginger essential oil uses include repelling it and preventing spread of the disease, according to one study.

3. Appetite Increase: Generally speaking, people prefer to suppress their appetite in an effort to help promote weight loss instead of the other way around. But, people with certain health conditions or even just over active metabolisms may find a couple of therapeutic grade drops added to water can help boost the desire to eat.

4. Migraines and General Headaches: Ginger is considered both a natural pain reliever and a natural anti inflammatory, but what makes it ideal for headaches is that it wraps this duo of discomfort relieving benefits into a safe and gentle package that can be applied topically. Some find that when applied neat to the area of pain, ginger essential oil uses can include prompt, temporary relief from headaches and migraines.

5. Sore Throats: Sore throats can be incredibly painful, and a lot of the time this is because they are caused from inflammation and swelling. Ginger is considered one of the best anti inflammatory agents found in nature, and this combined with its pain relieving benefits make a couple of drops in a cup of water an ideal drink or gargle for fast relief.

6. Respiratory Trouble: Because of its positive effects on mucus, breathing in the aroma of ginger may help to alleviate general symptoms related to conditions like the flu or colds or even bronchitis. Ginger essential oil uses for respiratory health may also be additionally beneficial in cases where inflammation (such as in bronchitis) is present.

7. Heart Trouble: There is a growing popularity in the still unproven theory that regular use of ginger oil internally (therapeutic grade only) may help reduce the long term risk of arteriosclerosis and blood clots.

8. Cholesterol Levels: Recent interest in ginger essential oil uses for heart health are likely the driving force behind the theory that internal ingestion of the oil may help to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol found in the blood.

9. Food Poisoning: Ginger oil is a natural antiseptic and as a result, it’s possible that internal use of the oil with medical advice and proper dosage may be useful in cases of food poisoning, infections of the intestines and certain similar conditions like bacterial dysentery, although more research will be needed to better understand these claims.

10. Stomach Problems: Although it’s redundant to point out ginger oil’s use in reducing nausea and motion sickness, that doesn’t mean there are not other ginger essential oil uses relating to comfortable and healthy digestion. It may be useful in cases of intestinal muscle spasms, excessive gas and discomfort related to indigestion.

While ginger essential oil uses that aren’t related to nausea and motion sickness are becoming better known, it still remains almost exclusively popular in blends related to digestion such as digestive enzyme complexes and the like. But, those that take advantage of the oil’s stimulatory properties as in for circulation and metabolism may also include ginger oil, too.