Amazing Health Benefits of Homemade Ginger Oil!
Spicy, warm and energizing – these are characteristics for ginger oil extracted from ginger root. This amazing herb grows up to 3 to 4 feet high, with narrow spear-shaped leaves, yellow and white flowers. Its flesh can be white, yellow or red, depending on the variety.
People have valuated ginger for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, especially in ancient Chinese, Greek and Indian civilizations.
Today, ginger is one of the most flexible food ingredients. We can eat it dried or fresh, grated into your vegetable juice or steeped as a tea. The dried root is the source for supplements and tinctures. It is also transformed into ginger oil, uplifting and energizing oil with a lot of uses.
Ginger oil has a very thin consistency and it has light yellow color. Its aroma is pleasantly pungent. The scent is different according to the quality and distillation process of the ginger used. However, the most aromatically superior ginger oil comes from distilling fresh ginger root.
Uses of Ginger Oil
When we use it topically, it can also help relieve pain and aches, as well as promote normal blood circulation.
Aroma therapists also value ginger oil’s warming and soothing qualities to help deal with digestive problems. In fact, one of the most popular uses of ginger oil is: relieving any digestive upset, such as indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, gas, and morning sickness.
Here is how to use ginger oil for different health problems:
- Apply 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or simply place on a cotton ball or handkerchief, and then slowly inhale. This will actually help revitalize and reenergize your mind, body and soul.
- Mix 2-3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use it as massage oil. This will help relieve arthritis, backache, muscle pain, fractures and rheumatism, as well as revitalize your libido and stimulate circulatory system.
There is an option to add it to your hot bath or just put a few drops on a cold or hot compress. Then apply it to the affected areas.
- Inhale via vaporizer or diffuser to relieve sore throat, sinusitis, and runny nose. It can also work as a decongestant.
- To relieve diarrhea or gas, massage a drop into your abdomen
Benefits of Ginger Oil
As we said before, Ginger oil has many benefits such as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, digestive, analgesic, carminative and stimulating properties. It’s helpful if we want to alleviate different health problems, such as:
- Bowel and stomach and related problems — Ginger oil helps promote “correct” digestion, and can be a great remedy for dyspepsia, indigestion, spasms and flatulence. It can also increase your appetite, which is great for people who are trying to gain weight.
- Food poisoning — Ginger oil’s carminative and antiseptic properties can actually help treat food poisoning, bacterial dysentery as well as intestinal infections.
- Yellow fever and Malaria— This amazing oil can help repel Anopheles mosquitoes, which in India is in fact the primary Malaria carrier.
- Respiratory problems — It helps relieve and treat coughs, asthma, flu, breathlessness and bronchitis. Fresh ginger removes mucus from lungs and throat, and people commonly add it to tea for its soothing effects.
- Pain — This magnificent oil can help reduce prostaglandins, which are the compounds associated with pain.
- Heart ailments — using ginger oil on regularly basis can help reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis and blood clots. It can help decrease the bad cholesterol levels in our blood.
- Hypertension — Adults who daily consume ginger have 8 %lower risk of developing high blood pressure. One sturdy from 2005 found that ginger may lower blood pressure through blockade of voltage-dependent calcium channels.
DIY Ginger Oil
You can create your own homemade ginger oil infusion at home. Here’s what and how to do:
- Fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 cups olive oil
- Oven-safe bowl
- Cheese grater
- Rinse a cup of fresh ginger together with the skin and let it dry for a few hours.
- In an oven-safe bowl pour olive oil
- Chop the ginger and then shred using a clean cheese grater. Add to the olive oil and then mix well.
- In oven, put the mixture and leave it to simmer for at least 2 hours under low heat (150 Fahrenheit).
- Pour the mixture through an unbleached cheese cloth to filter it and take out the bits of ginger. As soon as all the oil has been filtered, squeeze out the remaining oil from the cheese cloth.
- Transfer the ginger oil into clean bottles and store in a cool and dry place.
Your own ginger oil infusion can stay fresh for up to 6 months!
How Does It Work?
Ginger oil has 90 % sesquiterpenes. They are responsible for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and other healing properties. When inhaled or applied topically, it has energizing and warming effect.
Is Ginger Oil Safe?
As long as it’s not used in very strong concentrations, ginger oil is generally safe, as it is non-toxic and non-irritating. If you have sensitive skin, please do a skin patch test before using it (or any essential oil, for that matter) to see if you have any allergic reactions to it.
You should also consider diluting ginger oil in a carrier oil like olive or coconut oil. It also blends well with citrusy and spicy essential oils like neroli, frankincense, bergamot, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood.
It may be phototoxic, so avoid applying it on skin areas that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours after application. We advise pregnant women and nursing moms to use ginger oil with caution, even though it can be very useful for morning sickness. Consult your healthcare provider before use. Avoid administering this oil to very young children as well.
Side Effects of Ginger Oil
If you are taking any medication, first consult your physician if it is safe to use or ingest the oil.
Source: Dr. Mercola
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