Warm and Spicy
Ginger has been widely used for thousands of years in ancient China, India and Greece, as a warm, spicy food ingredient, and as an anti-inflammatory medical treatment.
It travelled to Europe during the Middle Ages, where it was used to preserve and flavor meats, and recipes for gingerbread began to become popular in many countries.
Today, ginger is a key element in Ayurvedic medicine in India, and it is grown and used throughout the world for its spicy flavor and its digestive and healing properties.
Ginger essential oil comes from the root of the ginger plant, and it can be diluted with a carrier oil, like coconut or jojoba, and applied topically to the body, added to bath water or a hot compress, or used in a diffuser or vaporizer mist.
Ginger Root essential oil is warming, anti-inflammatory and energizing.
3 ways you can benefit from using Ginger Root essential oil:
- Soothes Muscles: A substance in ginger called Zingibain is a natural pain reliever. You can mix a few drops of ginger essential oil with coconut or jojoba oil, and massage into tired, sore muscles, especially after hard workouts, running, or any type of exercise. Ginger Root essential oil relieves the pain of lactic acid buildup, and re-energizes muscle tissue. It also soothes the inflammation of pinched nerves and headaches, and calms arthritis.
- Helps Your Heart: Ginger Root oil is used in Chinese medicine as a preventative measure for heart health. For curing existing conditions, ginger is useful in reducing the risk of blood clots and lowering cholesterol, healing the condition and preventing further damage to the heart. Ginger also relieves stress and tension to the body and emotions, which is an important factor in overall health, and especially good for the heart.
- Aids Digestion: Gingerol is a substance in ginger essential oil that works to heal upset stomachs, indigestion, spasms, nausea (even from morning sickness), food poisoning, diarrhea, gas, and colic. Rub on the bottoms of the feet with a few drops of carrier oil, or use in a mist diffuser, and watch how fast you begin to feel better! For morning sickness, a drop in a carrier oil rubbed on the pulse points of the wrists helps provide immediately relief.
Tip: Rub a drop of Ginger Root essential oil on the back of the neck to provide fast relief from tension headaches and migraines.