Suggested Uses for Ginger Essential Oil

Though unattractive in its natural appearance, ginger is one of the most highly valued spices in the world. Not only does it give food a unique spicy, peppery flavor, it’s also renowned for its healing properties. For centuries, different cultures worldwide have embraced it and sung its praises. Traditional Chinese medicine employed the use of fresh ginger for a variety of health issues, from respiratory challenges to toothaches. The Greeks used it to counteract the effects of poison. King Henry VIII of England recommended the use of ginger to combat the the great plague of the 16th century. These days, aromatherapists use its warming and soothing qualities to combat digestive and joint complaints, mood swings, and to help increase libido.

Therapeutic uses:

Arthritis, backache, chills, circulatory health, cold and flu, decongestant, digestive system, disconnectiveness, fractures, libido, lymphatic system, mood swings, muscle pain, rheumatism, runny nose, sinusitis and sore throat.

Essential Oil Applications:

For mood swings, a general feeling of disconnectiveness, and to shake off the tendency to procrastinate, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or place on a cotton ball and inhale 2-3 times. This will help to re-energize and revitalize mind, body, and soul.

For arthritis, backache, fractures, muscle pain, and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Another choice would be to use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress on affected areas.

To stimulate the circulatory system, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into body.

For runny nose, sore throat, sinusitis, or as a decongestant use 2-3 drops as a steam inhalation.

To stimulate the lymphatic system, put a couple of drops on a cotton ball, and dab on the arm pit area.

To revitalize libido, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and use as a massage, or diffuse 2-3 drops into air.

Mixes Well With:

Allspice, atlas cedarwood, cedarwood, cinnamon, cloveeucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper,lemon, lime, myrrh, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, and ylang ylang.

Extraction Method:

Steam distillation.

Parts Used:

Unpeeled, dried, ground root.

Safety Information:

Although it is frequently administered to pregnant women to help alleviate morning sickness, it is best to avoid the use of ginger during pregnancy in aromatherapy practices. For people with extremely sensitive skin, dilute oil carefully before using in massage or bath.

More Info:

The Power of Aromatherapy
Getting Started with Aromatherapy
The Choosing, Blending and the Caring of Your Essential Oils

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