Ginger is a spice that has been used in many traditional cuisines as well as for numerous medicinal purposes in natural remedies. In this article, we will reveal about the benefits of its product, the ginger oil. Also, you’ll learn how to prepare homemade ginger oil.
This oil has an incredible range of uses, and that is something that everyone wants to have in his home.
It can be applied topically, for promoting circulation and relieving aches and pains. By taking it in the food, it provides:
– Clears up diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness.
We recommend the following uses:
- Boost your energy levels and revitalize your mind, soul, and body, by applying 2-3 drops in a diffuser and inhaling
- Relieve diarrhea and gas, by applying a drop on your abdomen and gently massaging it
- Get rid of pain by adding it to your hot bath or applying a few drops on a hot or cold compress. Place the compress on the painful areas.
- Relieve a runny nose, sinusitis, and sore throat by inhaling via a diffuser or vaporizer
- Dismiss arthritis, backache, muscle pain, fractures and rheumatism,
- Revitalize your libido and stimulate your circulatory system by mixing 2-3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil and use this oil for massage.
Here is the list of many health problems treated by ginger oil:
According to the study published in the journal Nutrition, the daily intake of 2-4 grams of ginger can prevent numerous chronic diseases.
Ginger oil can treat food poisoning, intestinal infections, and bacterial dysentery, due to its potent antiseptic and carminative properties.
The 2005 study showed that ginger can lower blood pressure by blocking the voltage-dependent calcium channels. It can also reduce the risk of hypertension by 8%.
Malaria And Yellow Fever
Ginger oil can repel Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which transmit malaria in tropical countries.
This oil can treat coughs, breathlessness, bronchitis, asthma, and flu. Fresh ginger eliminates mucus from throat and lungs. It is usually added to tea because of its soothing effects.
Reduces prostaglandins, compounds related to pain.
Stomach and Bowel Related Problems
As it has the ability to improve digestion, it is an excellent remedy for dyspepsia, flatulence, spasms, and indigestion. It can increase the appetite, why it is recommended for individuals who are trying to gain weight.
How to prepare your own ginger oil
– Fresh ginger
– Oven-safe bowl
– 1½ c olive oil
– Cheese grater
1) Rinse a cup of fresh ginger and let dry for a couple of hours.
2) Chop ginger and shred it with a cheese grater.
3) Add it in a bowl of olive oil and mix it well.
4) Simmer the mixture in the oven under low heat (150 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2 hours.
5) After simmering, pour the mixture through an unbleached cheese cloth, eliminating the bits of ginger.
6) Squeeze out the remaining oil from the cheese cloth and transfer the ginger oil into bottles.
7) Keep the oil in a cool and dry place,
8) It can stay up to 6 months.
If the ginger oil is not used in very strong concentrations, it is safe for use longer. For all who have sensitive skin are recommended to do a skin patch test. It can be also diluted with other carrier oils (bergamot, ylang-ylang, frankincense, sandalwood, neroli, and rose).
Note: Ginger oil may be phototoxic, so make sure not to apply ginger oil on skin areas that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours after application. Pregnant women must consult their doctor before using it, while young children are not allowed to use it at all.
Side Effects of Ginger Oil
Ginger oil shouldn’t be used if you have any sensitivity to ginger root as it can cause some side effects, such as:
– Nausea, heartburn, sores in the mouth, and skin rashes – if you use it topically
– Also, you must consult your physician in a case you are taking some medications.