Here’s How To Prepare And Use Ginger Oil, A Wonderful Remedy Against Stress And Pain
Ginger is one very beneficial spice that’s commonly used in China and India but as of late people all over the world have started realizing its amazing properties. As a spice, it can be added to many dishes to improve their flavor and add a distinctive aroma. It’s mostly added to meat to make it more tender and soft but it can be added to any dish, per your preference.
Aside from using it in powder form, ginger can be used as an oil as well. Ginger oil is made from the Zingiber root and has a very intense aroma. It abounds in gingerol, which is why it has such a bitter aroma but it’s also why it’s so health beneficial.
Ginger oil has antiseptic, expectorant, digestive, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, carminative and stimulant properties and it’s widely used for digestive problems, stomach aches, respiratory issues, heart problems, nausea, menstrual issues and inflammations.
Here are the most important benefits of this amazing oil:
Both the spice and the oil are commonly used for stomach aches. It helps in the treatment of spasms, flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, colic and many other intestinal and stomach problems.
Ginger has antiseptic and carminative properties which means that it can be used in case of food poisoning.
Vomiting and nausea
According to studies ginger oil is effective in reducing nausea and the urge to vomit in pregnant women and in people who don’t handle travelling very well.
Both the spice and the oil are effective remedies for malaria and yellow fever.
Ginger oil can be used as an expectorant and in the treatment of numerous respiratory issues associated with the seasonal cold, flu and cough. It’s also effective in treating asthma and bronchitis. You can add it to a cup of tea and effectively remove lung or throat mucus.
Some women have a very problematic period, with pain, cramps and discomfort at least for the first couple days. Using ginger in powder or oil form can help you relieve this and make your period days much more comfortable.
Pain and swelling
Ginger has been commonly used against pain and inflammation in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries. Recent studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory properties ginger contains are mostly owed to the presence of a certain substances known as zingibain, which acts as a natural analgesic and successfully relieves pain and swelling caused by arthritis, muscle sprains, rheumatism and headaches.
You can use ginger oil to massage your sore muscles and relieve muscle cramps and fatigue.
Chinese medicine traditionally uses ginger in the treatment of heart problems and recommends its use for cardiovascular health. Ginger oil is used by many for protection against different hear problems. According to recent studies, ginger has proven effective in reducing cholesterol and preventing blood clots formation.
The American Cancer Society has examined the research conducted on animals regarding the effects of ginger in treating cancer and has concluded that it has proven to be beneficial against cancer. However, having in mind the concentration of ginger in ginger oil it should be used with precaution. It’s best if it’s mixed with some other beneficial oil to dilute it. You can use a variety of oils like orange oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, frankincense oil, rosemary, cedar oil, rose oil etc.
And finally, ginger has a relaxing effect on your body and can ease the stress, anxiety, depression and psychological discomfort you might be feeling after a long and stressful day.
Ginger oil – Method of preparation
Instead of buying commercial ginger oils it’s best if you know how to prepare it yourself. This way you’ll be sure that it’s 100% natural and will reap all of its benefits.
Here’s what you need to make ginger oil:
- 40 gr. ginger
- Half a liter olive oil
- A glass jar
First grate the ginger and add it to the glass jar. Pour in the olive oil and stir everything until it’s combined. Close the lid and leave it in a dark place for a week. Make sure you shake the jar every day. After a week your ginger oil is ready for use. You can use it to relieve painful muscles, apply it topically or consume it orally. You can even use it for hair care, it has amazing effect.
If you use it orally make sure you don’t consume more than 2-3 drops a day.