The ginger plant has been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine. The rhizome is the part of the plant that is used for medicinal purposes, typically to help digestion, nausea, and the overall immune system. The rhizome part is also commonly used in cooking. People often brew ginger teas. It looks like a root, but rhizome is actually a stem that grows underground.
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The Ginger Plant
Cardamom, turmeric, and ginger all belong to the same plant family. This plant family can be found in Africa, Asia, and many other parts of the world. The plant’s scientific name is Zingiber Officinale. Zingiber Officinale, commonly known as just ginger, can be transformed into many forms, such as a ginger essential oil.
Uses for Ginger Essential Oil
A distillation process is used to extract oil from the rhizome, which is the underground stem part of the ginger plant. Similar to other essential oils, this oil is highly concentrated after the distillation process, which allows for many people to use ginger oil to help their overall health.
Ginger oil is commonly used in aromatherapy through drops. Its aroma is often described as spicy, warm, and strong, so many find ginger to be essential and keep drops on hand. It is also commonly used in hair and skin treatment products.
A variety of health conditions are treated by using ginger and its oil. These conditions include:
• Headaches and migraines
How is Ginger Oil Beneficial?
Since ginger oil has been around for hundreds of years in traditional medicine, the potential benefits that a person can receive are based on personal experiences and reports. Many of the benefits are anecdotal and have not been confirmed by scientific studies, but many also review that the essential oil drops help tremendously with many ailments.
Research is being done that would support the potential benefits a person would receive if they use ginger oil. The following information can help people get a clear idea of what current research indicates.
Anti-inflammatory Benefits of Ginger Oil
A few studies have been done with the goal of examining ginger oil for its anti-inflammatory properties. The results of these studies show that ginger oil benefits those suffering with inflammation issues. Here are some descriptions of the studies:
• In 2016, ginger oil was used in a rat model with the goal of seeing how it would affect rheumatoid arthritis. The research showed that essential oil injections inhibited chronic joint swelling, but did not reduce acute joint swelling.
• In 2018, ginger essential oil was used to treat rats that had been treated with cadmium, which is a toxin. Anti-inflammatory results were shown, which played a role in preventing changes in kidney function molecules and markers.
• In 2019, a study was done using obese mice that were on a diet that contained highly refined carbohydrates. Ginger oil extract given in high doses reduced inflammation and prevented weight gain.
Ginger Oil to Treat Nausea
In traditional medicine, inhaling the aroma of ginger essential oil is said to relieve nausea. Studies on this topic offer mixed results.
• In 2017, one study was performed to find out if inhaling ginger oil would relieve the nausea that often follows abdominal surgery. When compared to the placebo group, those who had inhaled the ginger oil rated their nausea and vomiting levels at a lower level.
• Another study was performed that involved children who were dealing with postoperative nausea. They inhaled a mix of essential oils that included ginger. There was no difference between the nausea levels of the children who inhaled the placebo or those who inhaled the ginger essential oil mixture.
Hair Treatments Using Ginger Oil
Ginger oil and extract are sometimes used in hair products like shampoo and conditioner because ginger is said to promote hair growth and health. However, little research has been done on the subject to prove if this is true.
• In 2013, a study was performed on mice and cultured cells that involved 6-gingerol. An interesting finding was that the 6-gingerol actually suppressed hair growth. This was true with the mice and cultured hair follicles that were used in the study.
Skin Treatments Using Ginger Oil
More studies need to be performed to explore if this essential oil used topically can improve the appearance of a person’s skin while reducing skin inflammation.
• In 2015, ginger essential oil and other essential oils were looked at in a study to find out if they could prevent wrinkles. The study found that the oil blend did contain high antioxidants. When the essential oils were mixed with a cream and applied to the skin, participants in the study noticed that their skin was smoother.
• Another study was performed using rats to see if applying ginger oil on the skin daily could have a positive effect on arthritis. The research showed that the rats experienced lower levels of inflammation and lower arthritis severity when using the essential oil blend including ginger essential oil.
Side Effects of Ginger Oil
The FDA recognizes ginger oil as generally safe to use. It also reports that few adverse side effects have ever been seen in connection with using ginger oil.
Ginger oil should never be used as a topical skin treatment if it is undiluted. Like other essential oils, it is highly concentrated. It is always best to perform a test before using any essential oil on the skin. This will prevent a negative reaction when using ginger oil.
The test is easy to perform. The ginger oil should be mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. One or two drops of the solution can be placed on an area of the skin that is not visible or is not likely to be as sensitive. A person should wait an hour or more to see if they have a negative reaction. If they do not, they can use the diluted ginger oil in a variety of ways.
Ways to Use Ginger Oil
Ginger oil, like other essential oils, should not be ingested or consumed. In order to experience potential benefits from ginger oil, it should be used as a topical application or in an aromatherapy. These are the safest and most effective ways to use this essential oil. Ginger oil massage benefits can promote your overall wellness. Just remember to dilute ginger essential oil products before application.
Ginger Oil and Aromatherapy
Ginger oil can be inhaled for use in aromatherapy in a couple of different ways. Here are a few common options:
Use a Diffuser: In order to add a pleasant scent to an entire room, a diffuser can be used. The essential oil can be used undiluted, or it can be diluted a little bit with water. It is important for a person to follow any instructions that are provided with their diffuser in order to use it safely.
Inhale Steam: Water infused with ginger essential oil can be used to inhale ginger oil by steam. This can be done by following these steps:
• The water should be heated until it is steaming and then poured into a bowl or other appropriate container.
• Essential ginger oil can be added to the steaming water. It has been recommended by the U of M that a person use just a drop or two of oil at first. They may eventually be able to increase the amount of drops they use.
• A towel should be draped over the person’s head.
• The person should put their head over the water container. They should keep their eyes closed the entire time and inhale deeply.
Ginger Oil Sprays
The air in an entire room can be freshened by making a spray that includes ginger oil. Follow these steps to make a ginger oil spray:
• Water should be added to a spray bottle.
• Ginger oil can be added to the same bottle. Only 10 to 15 drops of essential ginger oil should be used for every ounce of water.
Use as a Topical Application
When used as a topical application, all essential oils need to be diluted using a carrier oil. Carrier oils that mix well with essential oils, like ginger, include coconut, jojoba, almond, and avocado oil.
Recommendations given by the CSH outline that solutions containing essential oils should not go over three to five percent. For example, it has been recommended by the NAHA that about 20 drops can be added to an ounce of coconut oil or another carrier oil. This will make a three percent solution when you're making natural wellness products.
How Ginger is Used in Other Forms
While essential ginger oil should never be ingested or consumed, there are other ginger products that are edible and can be used in cooking. They can add a lot of flavor to a dish, and they still have many health benefits. Here are a few common forms of ginger that can be consumed:
• Powdered or ground
Additional Research into Edible Ginger
While the research is limited, a few studies have been performed that give insight into how other forms of ginger can be used. Here are a few examples:
• In 2015, a study was done that involved using capsules before exercising as opposed to after exercising in order to see if the participants experienced less pain. The results were positive. Additionally, the participants experienced lower levels of inflammation.
• In 2018, ten studies were reviewed that had previously been performed to see if ginger could reduce nausea in pregnant women. The review of the studies showed that ginger was an effective way to reduce nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.
• Another review that was performed in 2018 of studies that had previously been done showed that ginger did not play a significant role in relieving symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome. Those dealing with functional dyspepsia noticed that ginger increased the emptying of their stomachs, but it did not reduce abdominal discomfort or nausea.
The ginger root and plant both offer numerous health benefits for those who use variations of their products, such as in the form of oil or food. Essential oil is extracted from the rhizome, not the ginger root, and it has been used for a variety of purposes in traditional medicine. Personal experiences show that ginger has the potential to treat migraines, colds, digestive upset, arthritis, and nausea. It has also been used in skin and hair applications.
Scientific research shows that essential ginger oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It can reduce feelings of nausea after surgery and during pregnancy. Since ginger products contain high levels of antioxidants, it has proven to offer some anti-aging benefits and may even help a person to have smoother skin.
Ginger is often described as having a warm, spicy, and pleasing scent. It can be used effectively in aromatherapy products by using a diffuser, making a spray, or inhaling via steam. It can also be used topically.
Ginger is a great natural remedy for many of the issues listed above. Since it's completely natural, there's no risk for you to try it. Keep in on hand the next time you get on a boat or have to sit for a long car ride. You may be pleasantly surprised!