Ginger has long been used in traditional medicine. The part of the plant that’s used for these purposes is called the rhizome. While it may look like a root, the rhizome is actually an underground stem off of which roots branch.
Continue reading to discover more about ginger oil, its potential health benefits, and how to use it safely.
Ginger is a member of the same plant family that includes turmeric and cardamom. It can be found throughout the world, especially in Asia and Africa. The scientific name of the plant is Zingiber officinale.
Ginger oil uses
Ginger oil has a distinct aroma that can be described as strong, warm, or spicy. As such, it’s often used for aromatherapy. Ginger oil can also be used in a variety of applications in the skin and hair.
Ginger and ginger oil have also been used to help ease the following conditions:
- Relieve Swelling, Pain, And Inflammation
- Natural Solution for Lymphatic, drainage, Edema, Spider Veins, and varicose Veins
- Pain Relief from Arthritis, Joints, Muscles
- digestive upset
- promote hair health and growth
Herbal Ginger oil side effects
As with any essential oil, ginger oil is very concentrated and shouldn’t be applied to the skin undiluted. If you’re concerned about a potential skin reaction, you should first test a small amount of diluted ginger oil on your skin.
How to use Ginger Oil
t’s important to remember that essential oils should never be consumed or ingested.
Continue reading to learn how to use ginger oil safely and effectively for both aromatherapy and topical applications.
There are several ways that you can inhale ginger oil for aromatherapy. You can choose which one is right for you:
Diffusers are a great way to add a pleasing scent to a room. In some cases, the essential oil may need to be diluted in water. Always be sure to carefully follow the instructions that come with your diffuser.
To use ginger oil for steam inhalation, follow the steps below:
- Heat water until it’s steaming and place it in a bowl.
- Add a few drops of ginger oil to the steaming water. The University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH) recommends only starting with one to two drops.
- Drape a towel over your head.
- Keeping your eyes closed, place your head over the steaming bowl and inhale deeply.
Ginger oil in a spray can be used to freshen the air in a room. To make a spray of ginger oil, you can do the following:
- Add ginger oil to water. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) recommends using 10 to 15 drops per ounce of water.
- Add a dispersing agent such as soluble if you wish. This can help distribute the essential oil in the water.
- Shake and spray. Shake before every spray.
Ginger oil that’s being applied to the skin should always be diluted first.