Ginger Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
There are countless health benefits of ginger essential oil (Zingiber officinale), an oil steam distilled from the roots of the plant. Ginger oil smells like you'd expect: sweet, spicy, woody, and warm. The benefits for it are nearly identical to the benefits for fresh ginger.
Essential oils are often called the "lifeblood" of the plant, and contain chemical constituents that have been known to have an immensely positive impact on the body's ability to heal itself. Using the essential oil of a plant creates a more potent affect of its properties. Ginger is well-known to have an effect on the digestive system, as well as the nervous system.
- Helps ease indigestion and nausea
- Promotes digestion
- Supports overall digestive health
- Warming to the body
One of the lesser known health benefits of ginger essential oil is the affect it has on our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. Ginger has also been called the "oil of empowerment", addressing feelings of powerlessness, patterns of fears of victimization, and creating an inner fire and strength to step into a role of leader in one's own life.
Because of this nonphysical effect, it may be useful in addressing patterns of courage or fear, scarcity or abundance, and finding the healthy balance between the two sides of the spectrum.
How to Use Ginger Essential Oil
Traditionally, ginger essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Ginger Essential Oil
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Ginger Essential Oil
- Use aromatically or topically over the solar plexus (upper abdomen) to stimulate strength and responsibility.
- Inhale directly from the bottle or massage over the lower abdomen (root chakra) to increase a sense of trust, commitment, strength, and fire for life.
- Put 1–2 drops in water to help with an upset stomach.
- If you are feeling nauseated, put a drop of Ginger in the palm of your hands and inhale.
- Rub 1–2 drops on your stomach or bottom of feet to aid digestion.
- Use Ginger essential oil in your favorite sweet and savory dishes.
Inspiration for Using Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger Lime Body Scrub: Mix together; 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 15 drops Lime essential oil, and 10 drops Ginger Oil. Store in and air tight glass container.
Long Drives = Upset Tummies? Keep cotton balls with Peppermint and Ginger essential oils in a bag when you travel for those with motion sensitivity.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils