Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil is steam distilled, from the rhizomes of the plant, and exhibits a fresh, warm, spicy & sweet aroma.
Ginger essential oil has powerful calming, inflammation-cooling, antiseptic, warming and stimulating properties, as well as, numerous other therapeutic benefits.
Ginger essential oil is most commonly used for diarrhea, gas, indigestion, low libido, morning sickness, nauseas and vomiting, vertigo, arthritis and joint pain, colds, flus, colic and menstrual disorders.
Ginger essential oil can be applied topically to areas of concern or reflex points, diffused aromatically or taken internally.
7 Uses for Ginger Essential Oil
- Nausea & Morning Sickness Ginger and cardamom essential oils are very helpful in decreasing nausea and morning sickness. Diffuse 2 drops of each, ginger, cardamom and lemon and/or combine 2 drops ginger with 2 drops cardamom, dilute with equal parts carrier oil and apply to wrists, stomach and back of neck.
- Digestive Health Ginger essential oil is a very helpful natural remedy for diarrhea, gas, indigestion, colic and vomiting. Add 1 drop of ginger to herbal tea and/or dilute with equal parts carrier oil and apply topically to abdomen.
- Cold, Sore Throat & Respiratory Relief Ginger oil has antiseptic properties and can be helpful in easing the symptoms of and recovering from the common cold. Add 1 drop to herbal tea and/or dilute with equal parts carrier oil and apply topically to chest.
- Musculoskeletal Discomfort Ginger essential oil has natural pain relieving properties and may be helpful in decreasing pain from broken bones, arthritis, muscular aches and pains and sprains/strains. Diffuse aromatically and/or combine with carrier oil, and apply topically to area of concern.
- Natural Antiseptic Ginger exhibits antiseptic properties and has been used for centuries to naturally fight infections. Apply 3 drops topically to area of concern.
- Food Poisoning Ginger essential oil has antiseptic and anti-infectius properties. Add 2 drops of ginger essential oil to herbal tea and drink.
- Sleep Health Ginger oil exhibits calming properties and may be helpful in promoting healthy sleep. Combine 6 drops ginger oil with 6 drops lavender essential oil and add to bathwater, and/or diffuse 3 drops of each bedside.
Ginger Essential Oil Precautions
A 1:1, essential oil to carrier oil, ratio should be used for topical use, in children and for those with sensitive skin.
When using any essential oil, especially internally, use only the highest quality essential oils that are 100% certified therapeutic grade or organic to ensure you’re getting a 100% pure oil and not one with unwanted and harmful chemicals or toxins.
Quick Thoughts: Ginger Essential Oil
- Ginger is a powerful essential oil for morning sickness and digestive discomfort.
- Ginger essential oil can be used as a calming oil for pets.
- Ginger essential oil has a long history of use for cooling inflammation, easing digestion and fighting infections.
- Ginger essential oil can be used as a natural insect repellant.
- Ginger essential oil is often found in natural personal care and cleaning products.
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