Health Benefits of Ginger Root Oil

The health benefits of ginger root oil can be attributed to its digestive, carminative, expectorant, antiseptic, analgesic, antiinflammatory, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties. The benefits of ginger oil include its ability to treat stomach problems, nausea, heart strokes, indigestion, inflammation, respiratory problems, and menstrual disorders.

Ginger is commonly used as a spice, and it has its origins in India. The spice is very common in India (it is known as adrak in Hindi) and China and is now used all over the world. It forms an integral part of many Asian cuisines due to its digestive properties. It is especially helpful in digesting food items such as meat and poultry, and it is frequently added to recipes for cooking meat as it softens the meat considerably, making it easier to digest. Ginger root and ginger oil are also used as preservative and flavoring agents.

Ginger oil is obtained from the root of the herb Zingiber Officinale. The peculiar hot and pungent taste of ginger can be attributed to the presence of an acrid compound called Gingerol. Most of the health benefits of ginger are actually due to the presence of Gingerol.

Health Benefits of Ginger Root Oil

The health benefits of ginger root oil include the following:

Ginger root oilStomach: Ginger root and ginger oil are often used for upset stomachs. It is one of the best remedies for indigestion, stomach ache, dyspepsia, colic, spasms, diarrhea, flatulence and other stomach and bowel related problems. Ginger or ginger oil is often added to recipes, especially in India, as it helps in improving digestion. Ginger tea is also used for relieving stomach problems. Furthermore, it can increase your appetite, which is great for people who are trying to put on weight.

Food Poisoning: Ginger is an antiseptic and carminative substance. As a result, it can be used to treat food poisoning. It is also used for treating intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery.

Nausea and Vomiting: Research has shown that ginger root and its oil are also effective against nausea, motion sickness and vomiting. Use of ginger may also result in a reduction of pregnancy-related vomiting in women.

Malaria: Ginger root and ginger oil are also effective against yellow fever and malaria.

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Respiratory disorders: Since ginger root and ginger oil are both good expectorants, they are effective in treating various respiratory problems such as cold, cough, flu, asthma, bronchitis and breathlessness. Ginger is very effective in removing mucus from the throat and lungs, so it is often added to tea in India. The health benefits of honey and ginger in treating respiratory problems is well known.

Inflammation and Pain: The extract of ginger is often used in traditional medicine to reduce inflammation. Research has now proven that its anti-inflammatory properties can be attributed to the presence of a substance named Zingibain. It is analgesic in nature and reduces the pain caused by muscle aches, arthritis, rheumatic conditions, headaches, and migraines. Ginger oil or  ginger paste is often topically massaged on aching muscles to remove muscle strain. It is further believed that regular use of ginger leads to the reduction of prostaglandins, which are the compounds associated with pain. Therefore, ginger helps in pain relief. Recently, a few Chinese researchers have reported that ginger can be very effective in treating inflammation of the testicles.

Menstruation Problems: Irregular and painful menstrual discharges can be treated with ginger.

Heart ailments: In China, it is strongly believed that ginger boosts and strengthens your heart health. Many people use ginger oil as a measure to prevent as well as cure various heart conditions. Preliminary research has indicated that ginger may be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and preventing blood clots. With reduced cholesterol levels and blood clotting, the chance of blood vessel blockage decreases, thereby reducing the incidences of heart attacks and strokes.

Stress: Ginger oil, being an essential oil, is stimulating and therefore relieves depression, mental stress, exhaustion, dizziness, restlessness and anxiety.

Impotency: Ginger is helpful for male health as well. Since ginger root and its oil are aphrodisiac in nature, it is effective in eliminating impotency and preventing premature ejaculation.

Kidney: It is also believed that ginger root juice is able to dissolve kidney stones.

Hair care: Ginger is useful for hair care as well. Ginger juice is useful in controlling dandruff.

Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, preliminary r esearch on animals has shown that ginger may be useful in treating cancer.

It should be noted that ginger oil is very strong and should therefore be used carefully and sparingly.

Ginger oil blends well with many other essential oils including lemon, cedarwood, lime, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, patchouli, myrtle, bergamot, rosewood, neroli, orange and ylang-ylang.

Further Reading:
Use of ginger in treating Cancer

What do you think?

  • kathleen mcmullen

    Ginger is very good for dandruff related conditions.

    Freeze the ginger or juice of ginger. Apply cold juice sparingly to the irritation, it will tingle. leave for an hour or so, then wipe with cool water. Spray with diluted ACV 1:1 with a drop of ginger oil.

  • Arletta Johnson

    I just received a bottle of ginger esstial oil, it has a very strong unpleasant aroma is this correct or is it spoiled?

    • Yohan Chu

      The ginger root itself has bitter taste. If you buy ginger root and cut
      it in half, then you will know how ginger really smells. If your
      ginger essential oil smell like raw ginger root cut in half, then it is
      correct.

  • Lorena Elena Correa

    “It should be noted that ginger oil is very strong and should therefore be used carefully and sparingly.”

    Can you go into more detail as to why? what are the side effects if you have too much?

  • janette Graves

    I did find this very informative.

  • Dan

    I smash raw ginger in my tea, apple juice and oj , its awesome 😉

    • Yohan Chu

      I would recommend honey instead of (out-of-market) juice for anti-inflammatory purposes.

      Here is how to make a ginger tea in two ways:

      I. When you using the pot

      1. Take the peel off the ginger roots (3~5 pieces medium to large) (depends on the size of the pot).
      2. Slice the ginger (quarter coin thickness).
      3. Boil the Water.
      4. Reduce the water temperature to hot (not boiling)
      5. Put the ginger into the hot water.
      6. Reduce to simmer immediately
      7. Put 3~5 spoonful (adult size spoon) of brown sugar.
      8. Simmer for 30~45 minutes (do not boil) (do not pass 1 hour) (due to gingerol reduction).
      9. Cool them down.
      10. Turn on the heat again and simmer for another 30~45 minutes and serve. Drink 2~3 times a day.

      II. When you use clean glass container/jar

      1. Take the peel off the (medium or average size) ginger roots (3~5 depending the size of the container).
      2. Slice the ginger and chop them into halves or quarter them.
      3. Put them into the jar.
      4. Pour honey or agave/maple syrup or brown sugar until ginger pieces submerge (do not exceed 70% of its capacity)
      5. Lock the cap and stay on room temperature for 2 weeks
      6.
      After time is passed, unlock the cap and get 1 scoop of it and serve (2~3 times a day) with hot water in a tea cup (not a regular cup or
      glass, or mug).

      Key: Drink this ginger tea after your meal. It helps for digestion (after eating meat or fish) and really good for detoxification. It also spread the energy (heat) throughout the body.

      • Yohan Chu

        I would recommend honey instead of (out-of-market) juice for anti-inflammatory purposes.

        Here is how to make a ginger tea in two ways:

        I. When you using the pot

        1. Take the peel off the ginger roots (3~5 pieces medium to large) (depends on the size of the pot).
        2. Slice the ginger (quarter coin thickness).
        3. Boil the Water.
        4. Reduce the water temperature to hot (not boiling)
        5. Put the ginger into the hot water. You can add 2~3 of cinnamon sticks if you like.
        6. Reduce to simmer immediately
        7. Put 3~5 spoonful (adult size spoon) of brown sugar.
        8. Simmer for 30~45 minutes (do not boil) (do not pass 1 hour) (due to gingerol reduction).
        9. Cool them down.
        10. Turn on the heat again and simmer for another 30~45 minutes and serve. Drink 2~3 times a day.

        II. When you use clean glass container/jar

        1. Take the peel off the (medium or average size) ginger roots (3~5 depending the size of the container).
        2. Slice the ginger and chop them into halves or quarter them.
        3. Put them into the jar.
        4. Pour honey or agave/maple syrup or brown sugar until ginger pieces submerge (do not exceed 70% of its capacity)
        5. Lock the cap and stay on room temperature for 2 weeks
        6. After time is passed, unlock the cap and get 1 scoop of it and serve
        (2~3 times a day) with hot water in a tea cup (not a regular cup or glass, or mug). You can add cinnamon powder or a slice of lemon as well.

        Key:
        Drink this ginger tea after your meal. It helps for digestion (after eating meat or fish) and really good for detoxification. It also spread the energy (heat) throughout the body.

      • Yohan Chu

        Here is how to make a ginger tea in two ways:

        I. When you using the pot

        1. Take the peel off the ginger roots (3~5 pieces medium to large) (depends on the size of the pot).
        2. Slice the ginger (quarter coin thickness).
        3. Boil the Water.
        4. Reduce the water temperature to hot (not boiling)
        5. Put the ginger into the hot water. You can add 2~3 of cinnamon sticks if you like.
        6. Reduce to simmer immediately
        7. Put 3~5 spoonful (adult size spoon) of brown sugar.
        8. Simmer for 30~45 minutes (do not boil) (do not pass 1 hour) (due to gingerol reduction).
        9. Cool them down.
        10. Turn on the heat again and simmer for another 30~45 minutes and serve. Drink 2~3 times a day.

        II. When you use clean glass container/jar

        1. Take the peel off the (medium or average size) ginger roots (3~5 depending the size of the container).
        2. Slice the ginger and chop them into halves or quarter them.
        3. Put them into the jar.
        4. Pour honey or agave/maple syrup or brown sugar until ginger pieces submerge (do not exceed 70% of its capacity)
        5. Lock the cap and stay on room temperature for 2 weeks
        6. After time is passed, unlock the cap and get 1 scoop of it and serve
        (2~3 times a day) with hot water in a tea cup (not a regular cup or glass, or mug). You can add cinnamon powder or a slice of lemon as well.

        Key:
        Drink this ginger tea after your meal. It helps for digestion (after eating meat or fish) and really good for detoxification. It also spread the energy (heat) throughout the body. It is really good for all women.

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