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Ginger is a flowering plant in the family Zingiberaceae; its root is widely used as a spice, and it has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Due to its digestive properties, ginger is an integral part of Asian cuisines. Most commonly, it’s added to meals, including meat, because of its ability to aid digestion. Ginger root and ginger essential oil are gaining popularity for their preservation and flavoring capabilities.

  • Searches for Ginger essential oil on Pinterest have spiked 659% over the past year, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ginger Essential Oil or Ginger Root Oil is derived from the root of the Zingiber officinale herb, better known as Ginger.
  • Ginger Essential Oil has earned the nickname “The Oil of Empowerment” for the feeling of confidence that it is known to inspire.
  • Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Essential Oil is stimulating and warming. It can enhance concentration and it can soothe and reduce feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.
  • Used topically, Ginger Essential Oil soothes redness, eliminates bacteria, inhibits the signs of skin damage and aging, and restores color and radiance to a dull complexion.
  • Used in hair, Ginger Essential Oil contributes to the health and cleanliness of the scalp, soothes dryness and itchiness, and enhances healthier hair growth by stimulating and improving circulation to the scalp.
  • Used medicinally, Ginger Essential Oil facilitates the elimination of toxins, boosts digestion, eases discomforts of the stomach and bowel, enhances appetite, clears the respiratory tract, soothes aches, and reduces inflammation.

What are the benefits of ginger oil?

The health benefits of ginger essential oil are nearly identical to the medicinal health benefits of fresh ginger; in fact, the most potent form of ginger is the essential oil because it contains the highest levels of gingerol.

With a warm, sweet, woody, and spicy scent that has an energizing effect, especially when used in aromatherapy, Ginger Oil has earned the nickname “The Oil of Empowerment” for the feeling of confidence that it is known to inspire.

Anti-inflammatory

Studies have begun to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger oil. Although many of these studies have been in animals, the results could have implications for a variety of conditions.

  • A 2018 study found that ginger essential oil had a protective effect on the kidneys of rats treated with the toxin cadmium. Ginger oil was found to be anti-inflammatory, preventing changes in kidney function markers or molecules associated with inflammation.
  • A 2016 study was performed in a rat model of rheumatoid arthritis. Investigators found that injecting ginger essential oil didn’t reduce acute joint swelling but significantly inhibited chronic joint swelling.
  • Lastly, a 2019 study looked into the effect of supplementing ginger extract into the diet of obese mice on a highly refined carbohydrate diet. The researchers found that high doses of ginger extract prevented increases in weight and decreased markers of inflammation.
Alleviates Muscle and Menstrual Pain

Because of its pain-fighting components, like zingibain, ginger essential oil provides relief from menstrual cramps, headaches, backaches and soreness. Research suggests that consuming a drop or two of ginger essential oil daily is more effective in treating muscle and joint pain than the painkillers that are given by general practitioners — this is because of its ability to reduce inflammation and increase circulation.

In a study done at the University of Georgia, a daily ginger supplement reduced exercise-induced muscle pain in 74 participants by 25 percent. (Source)

Ginger oil is also effective when taken by patients with pain associated with inflammation. A study conducted by researchers at Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Miami found that when 261 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee took a ginger extract twice daily, they experienced less pain and needed fewer pain-killing medications than those who received placebo. (Source)

Natural Aphrodisiac

Ginger essential oil increases sexual desire; it addresses issues such as impotence and loss of libido. Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is the inability for a man to sustain an erection long enough for normal, satisfying sexual intercourse; the causes may be physiological or psychological.

Because of its warming and stimulating properties, ginger essential oil serves as an effective and natural aphrodisiac, as well as a natural remedy for impotence. It also helps to relieve stress and brings forth feelings of courage and self-awareness — eliminating self-doubt and fear. (Source)

Strengthens Heart Health

Ginger essential oil has the power to reduce cholesterol levels and blood clotting. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a few preliminary studies suggest that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood from clotting, which can help treat heart disease, where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack or stroke.

Along with reducing cholesterol levels, ginger oil also appears to improve lipid metabolism, helping decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

An animal study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that when mice consumed ginger extract for a 10-week period, it resulted in significant reductions in plasma triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels. (Source)

And a 2016 study shows that when dialysis patients consumed 1,000 milligrams of ginger daily for a 10-week period, they collectively displayed significant decreases in serum triglyceride levels by up to 15 percent when compared to the placebo group. (Source)

Major Constituents of Chinese Ginger Essential Oil

The main chemical constituents of Ginger Oil are Camphene, B-Phellandrene, α-Pinene, Geranial, Zingiberene, β-Bisabolene, β-Sesquiphellandrene, and Curcumene.

CAMPHENE is known to:

  • Exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Be soothing

B-PHELLANDRENE is known to:

  • Exhibit a pleasant odor that has been described as peppery, minty, and/or slightly citrusy
  • Exhibit anti-septic, antiviral, bactericidal, and decongestant properties

PINENE is known to:

  • Have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and expectorant properties
  • Be a bronchodilator

GERANIAL is known to:

  • Be a fragrance ingredient with a Rose-like scent
  • Have insecticidal and antioxidant effects

ZINGIBERENE is known to:

  • Be the fragrance ingredient responsible for the characteristic scent of Ginger
  • Exhibit antiviral, anti-oxidant, and antiseptic properties

Β-BISABOLENE is known to:

  • Be a fragrance agent
  • Exude a warm, woody, and fruity scent characteristic of “oriental” aromas
  • Exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties

Β-SESQUIPHELLANDRENE is known to:

  • Have antiviral, carminative, and stomachic properties

CURCUMENE is known to:

  • Have hypotensive and analgesic effects
  • Exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Oil is known for its stimulating and warming effects, which can enhance concentration while soothing and reducing the feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue. 

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