Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant in the family Zingiberaceae; its root is widely used as a spice, and it has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.
The health benefits of ginger essential oil are nearly identical to the health benefits of fresh ginger; in fact, the most potent form of ginger is the essential oil because it contains the highest levels of gingerol (which has some very interesting and potentially beneficial properties).
Ginger essential oil is derived from the fresh rhizome of the ginger plant–the subterranean stalk of a plant that shoots out the root system. Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, particularly in ancient Chinese, Indian, and Greek civilizations. A featured ingredient in many Asian dishes, Ginger has a hot, fragrant flavor when used as a kitchen spice.
In Western tradition, Ginger is most often used in sweets—gingerbread and ginger snaps being two examples. Studies have been conducted on Ginger for its common effect on joint health; however, Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea. Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled to help reduce feelings of nausea.
Ginger oil has a thin consistency and is light yellow in color, with a pleasantly pungent aroma. The scent varies according to the distillation and quality of the ginger used. However, the most aromatically superior ginger oil is said to come from distilling fresh ginger root.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Ginger?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
- Contact me now and I’ll tell you all about it personally. It’s free, you have no obligation, and I promise–no…I guarantee–it will be worth your time.
- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “ginger essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- During a long car ride, diffuse or place a drop of ginger in the palm of your hand and inhale
- Apply over lower abdomen for a soothing massage
- Use Ginger essential oil in your favorite sweet and savory dishes
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
- May help to support healthy digestion
- May help to reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion
- May help reduce occasional nausea
Aromatic Description: Hot, spicy, earthy, sweet
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Root
Main Constituents: α-zingiberene, sesquiphellandrene