7 Incredible Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil

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You have likely heard of ginger powder and ginger tea, but ginger essential oil is also a powerful and useful tool for your overall health. With a wide variety of uses and a number of impressive health benefits, ginger oil – whether store-bought or made at home is something that every medicine cabinet should contain!

What is Ginger Essential Oil?

Ginger essential oil is the concentrated oil extracted from fresh or dried ginger. Through a steam distillation or solvent extraction method, you can separate the active ingredients from the root, which can be consumed and used in many ways. While the other forms of ginger are good for flavor and as an ingredient in foods, ginger oil is the best form to use as a medicine, thanks to its high concentration of gingerol and other organic compounds. With stimulants, antioxidants, laxative, and anti-inflammatory properties, this essential oil is praised throughout the world.

A container of ginger essential oil with sliced and whole ginger on a wooden table

In aromatherapy, ginger essential oil is considered as an effective stimulant. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Ginger Essential Oil Benefits

The key benefits of ginger oil include its ability to boost heart health, reduce inflammation, prevent chronic diseases, optimize digestion, stimulate the immune system, and protect the respiratory system, among others.

Prevents Chronic Diseases

With known antioxidant effects, ginger essential oil will not only help to prevent oxidative stress and chronic diseases but will also strengthen the immune system and prevent infections throughout the body.

Improves Respiratory Health

The soothing, stimulating and antibiotic effects of ginger essential oil are great for healing the respiratory system, soothe sore throats, and eliminate excess mucus and phlegm in your respiratory tracts.

Aids Digestion

Known around the world for soothing stomach and eliminating nausea, just a few drops of this essential oil can improve your digestive processes and you can get rid of cramping or bloating.

Reduces Inflammation

When topically applied with a carrier oil, ginger essential oil can rapidly relieve pain, swelling, and discomfort on joints or other sore areas on the body.

 Increases Sex Drive

Anecdotally, ginger oil has long been praised for increasing libido in both men and women.

Treats Menstrual Cramping

Women can consume small amounts of this oil to relieve cramps, particularly from painful menstruation.

Ginger Essential Oil Uses

There are many ways to use ginger oil, including in cooking, topical application, oral consumption, and aromatic diffusion, among others.

Topical Application

You can blend this essential oil with a carrier oil, such as almond or coconut oil, and apply it directly to joints, temples, and sore muscles to relieve inflammation. This oil is also used in massage therapy in many areas.

Oral Consumption

Some people consume small amounts of ginger oil directly to soothe inflammation in the gut and general stomach upset. This can also help with respiratory disorders.

Culinary Use

Many people add trace amounts of ginger essential oil to their meals for a nutritious boost, as well as adding flavor to the meal, thanks to the spicy bite of this infused oil.

Diffusion

Using small amounts of this oil for aromatherapy applications, or in a room diffuser, can help you enjoy the benefits all day, but be sure to blend this with other, less potent oils.

How to Make Ginger Essential Oil?

Many people prefer to make their own essential oils, and when it comes to ginger oil, it is quite easy to prepare.

A container of ginger essential oil with sliced and whole ginger on a wooden table

DIY Ginger Essential Oil Recipe

In aromatherapy, the ginger essential oil is considered as an effective stimulant. When applying on skin, remember to dilute it with a carrier oil. 
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Course: DIY Oil
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: ginger essential oil
Appliance: oven
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh ginger chopped
  • 2 cups olive oil

Instructions

  • Rinse the ginger (chopped) and let it dry for 1-2 hours.
  • Add the olive oil to an oven-safe bowl and grate the dry ginger into the oil.
  • Stir the mixture and place the bowl in the oven for 2 hours at low heat (170 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Strain the contents of the bowl through cheesecloth into a jar.
  • Squeeze the remaining pieces of ginger in the cheesecloth to get the remaining infused oil.

Notes

Store the oil in an airtight jar or container, away from sunlight or heat. It will be safe to use for up to six months when stored carefully!

Side Effects of Ginger Essential Oil

While a small amount of this oil is not inherently dangerous, an excessive amount can be dangerous and may lead to bleeding disorders, high blood pressure, low blood sugar levels, gastrointestinal distress, and topical inflammation, if you are allergic to ginger or other members of the turmeric family. However, when consuming normal amounts, ginger oil is generally perfectly safe.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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