10 Benefits and uses of ginger essential oil
Ginger essential oil, which is extracted from the ginger root by oil distillation, is a wonderfully aromatic essential oil that has nearly all the same benefits of fresh ginger. Ginger oil has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic properties and it is very good for improving the digestive system. Ginger essential oil is considered to be very safe, but you should not use it undiluted on the skin or ingest it undiluted. If you are sensitive to ginger, then some of the mild side effects that you might experience could include rashes on the skin or nausea. If you have never used ginger oil before, or any other essential oil for that matter, you should always try a small test first to make sure that you don’t have a reaction to it. Here are ten of the amazing benefits and uses of ginger essential oil.
1. Eases pain and inflammation
You can use ginger essential oil, mixed with one of the carrier oils, to alleviate pain and inflation. Ginger has both natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that will help to reduce swelling and ease any pain. It can be especially effective as a treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain.
2. Settles an upset stomach
Ginger is a calmative, which means that it can settle an upset stomach very quickly. You can take it internally by adding a few drops of ginger essential oil to a cup of warm water and drinking it and that will settle indigestion fast. If you are feeling nauseous, try rubbing a few drops of ginger oil into the palms of your hands and then inhaling the fumes.
3. Treats acne and pimples
Although it is too strong to use neat on your face, if you use it with other (carrier) oils or you add a few drops to a face pack, ginger oil will help to reduce the redness of acne and fight the bacteria that cause it.
4. Use it as an anti-ageing treatment
Ginger essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that will protect your skin from the damage that free radicals can cause. Add a few drops of ginger essential oil to your regular moisturiser or face mask and it will help prevent lines and wrinkles forming on the skin.
5. Treats respiratory problems
The vapours of ginger essential oil are also very good for relieving respiratory problems, including asthma, breathlessness and coughs and colds. You can use it in a diffuser, or add a few drops to some hot water and inhale the vapours. Ginger oil works well as a decongestant, so it will help clear micas from the lungs and sinuses.
6. It is good for the heart
In China, ginger has long been believed to be a cure for heart problems and now, modern science has added some facts to back up that belief. It is now believed that ginger oil may be able to reduce cholesterol in the blood and help prevent blood clots forming too. That would mean that it could be a way to prevent heart disease and strokes.
7. Aids weight loss
Ginger is also known to be able to boost the metabolism and so help the body burn off calories and fat faster. If you drink a cup of warm water with a few drops of ginger oil in it after a meal, it will help your body metabolise the food faster and it will also stop you getting indigestion.
8. Reduces stress and anxiety
There is a lot more to ginger essential oil than the wonderful aroma, that scent could calm your nerves and ease stress and anxiety too. The vapours of ginger oil have an immediate effect on the mind and they can help alleviate exhaustion and lift the mood. Try adding a few drops of ginger oil in your bath water or use it in a diffuser and see how much better it makes you feel.
9. Reduces travel sickness
If you suffer with travel sickness then ginger oil will help calm your stomach and stop you feeling nauseous. If you dab a drop of ginger oil on your wrist and behind your ears, you’ll get just enough of the vapours to keep travel sickness at bay. Alternatively, if you feel really bad during a flight or a car journey, rub some ginger oil into the palms of your hands, cup your hands over your nose and mouth, and then inhale the fumes.
10. Promotes healthy hair growth
If you add a few drops of ginger essential oil to your shampoo, or to a hot oil treatment, it will promote better circulation of the blood in your scalp and so encourage the growth of hair. Ginger oil also has anti-fungal properties, so it will get rid of dandruff too.
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