When I was a kid, my mother would give my ginger ale when I had a stomach bug. It always helped, even if it was loaded with sugar and empty calories. Ginger has always been known as a home remedy for nausea, but it has many other uses as well. Let’s take a closer look at ginger, particularly of the essential oil.
Ginger has been a staple in Asian, Indian, and Arab medicine. The spice itself was used to treat everything from nausea (noticing a pattern here?) to toothaches. When the Black Plague struck Europe, King Henry VIII proclaimed that ginger spice would be used to combat the black plague, and the Greeks used ginger to combat the harmful effects of the poison.
Ginger, or Zingiber officinale, is native to China and throughout East Asia. It is grown from a rhizome that has downward extending roots and leaves that grow upwards of four feet. We eat the root, but the oil is extracted from the rhizome through steam distillation.
Unlike its roots, which have a spicy, lemony scent, ginger essential oil is very different. The aroma is warm, earthy, and a little woody with a sharp hint of spice at the end. Ginger blends well with citrus oils, such as sweet orange and mandarin, and other spicy oils, such as coriander, juniper berry, and patchouli.
Here are a few practical uses for ginger essential oil:
1. Digestive Issues
Ginger essential oil has been shown to ease nausea due to stomach flu, motion sickness, or upset stomach, as well as ease the symptoms of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Simply diffuse, or use in a low dilution with a carrier oil on the stomach to help ease your symptoms.
2. Increase Circulation
The warming effect of ginger essential oil is also responsible for its effect on increasing blood flow, particularly in those with conditions such as Raynaud’s syndrome. Three drops ginger essential oil, Three drops juniper berry essential oils, and one drop of myrrh essential oil in one ounce of cream is ideal for regular use to warm up cold hands and feet.
The warming effect of ginger essential oil can also be effective for joint pain due to arthritic conditions as well as muscle pains. Simply blend 4 drops of ginger and 2 drops of black pepper essential oils in a 10ml roll on with a carrier oil, and roll onto joints.
4. Cold & Influenza
Ginger essential oil has been said to have decongestant and expectorant effects, and is really nice to diffuse with eucalyptus and lemon essential oils when sickness is running rampant through your home.
5. Menstrual pain
Those who suffer from PMS have benefited from the therapeutic effects of ginger essential oil.Make a one ounce cream of three drops ginger essential oil, 2 drops basil essential oil, and one drop of rosemary oil, and massage a pea sized amount onto the affected area.
6. Emotional Well-Being
Ginger essential oil can be great when you’re feeling nervous or just mentally exhausted. Using a diffuser or an inhaler blend of ginger, palmarosa, and orange is a wonderful blend that can help ease tension and relax the mind.
Not too long ago, I went on vacation to a camp grounds near a lake. The scenery was absolutely stunning and peaceful, however, the drive between the main road and our cottage was so twisty and windy for a solid five miles. I had to close my eyes every time we were heading somewhere because the twisty path made me feel extremely nauseous. I wish I had a bottle of this handy ginger essential oil roll-on to help me survive the drive!
This blend of ginger, lavender, and peppermint is extremely soothing, and is the perfect combination to help relieve those feelings of car sickness! The ginger has benefits that help reduce nausea and support our body, while the lavender is soothing and has a pleasant aroma, and the peppermint helps to awaken the senses and clear any feeling of fogginess and nausea. It’s truly a car-sickness fighting power trio!
Simply add the essential oils and carrier oil into the roller bottle, cap and shake to combine. Roll over pressure points when in the car for prevention and relief of car sickness.
What are some ways that you use ginger essential oil? Do you have any recipes or home remedies that you use? Share them in the comments!