Latin Name: Zinziber officinalis rosc. root
Ginger root has become a familiar sight on grocery shelves and is commonly used in Asian cooking. Historical records indicate that ginger was a prized commodity on the ancient spice route. Greeks and Romans made extensive use of it both medicinally and as a spice in cooking.
Ginger has been valued as a digestive aid throughout its history, but not many people know that ginger essential oil can also act as a heart tonic and circulatory stimulant, ease muscle pain, relieve arthritis and rheumatism, reduces congestion, and increase confidence while brightening mood. It is also being studied for its benefits in cancer treatment. Wow! That’s quite a list for a knobby little root.
Health benefits of Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil is one of the “spice” oils and is very hot! It should only be used topically in the highly diluted form of 1% or less dilution rate for all skin applications!
- Digestive Problems (poor digestion, gas, stomach ache): 1) Topical Application to abdomen and stomach area using a 1% or less dilution rate.
- Immune Booster: 1) Diffusion. 2) Whole body massage.
- Morning Sickness: 1) Diffusion. 2) Direct Inhalation from an open bottle.
- Nausea: 1) Diffusion. 2) Direct Inhalation from an open bottle. 3) Topical Application to abdomen and stomach area using a 1% or less dilution rate.
- Muscle Pain: 1) Topical Application using a 1% or less dilution rate.
- Respiratory Congestion: 1) Diffusion. 2) Topical Application to chest area using a 1% or less dilution rate.
- Stimulate Circulatory System: 1) Whole body massage. 2) Topical Application to affected areas using a 1% or less dilution rate.
- Mood & Motivation: 1) Diffusion. 2) Direct Inhalation from an open bottle.
Check out 10 Ways To Use Essential Oils for instructions on how to implement the methods of application suggested above.
- 1% dilution equals 1 drop essential oil per teaspoon (5ml) carrier oil or 1/2 teaspoon per cup of massage oil
Carrier Oils include almond, avocado, jojoba, olive and coconut. Carrier oils are absorbed through the skin so make sure you use a pure, organic oil.
Would you like more information on carrier oils. Learn more here.
Safety Precautions for ginger essential oil
- Generally considered safe and non-toxic at low dilution rates, but some individuals are sensitive. Always do a patch test before using.
- Only use highly diluted to a 1% or less dilution rate.
- Never use on the face or neck.
- Never use ginger essential oil internally!
At Apple Wellness we strive to provide you with information on subjects related to your health. We believe that essential oils may have a part in helping you “Find Your Healthy Place”! We appreciate customer feedback and questions. Stop at our store, located in Madison, Wisconsin, or contact us by phone or email.
Download our free Essential Oil Dilution Chart
This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used as medical advice. Consult a qualified health care provider for advice on specific medical conditions.