The Gem of Ginger Essential OilDec 25, 2022
Otherwise known as the ‘oil for empowerment’, its warming, grounding, and stimulating aroma can provide a feeling of strength and longevity when we include it in our lives. Discover more wellbeing benefits in adding this aroma to your environment.
What are the benefits of Ginger essential oil?
The ginger root grows mostly in India and South East Asia with a unique anti-inflammatory property called alpha-zingiberene. With its GRAS status, ginger is highly utilised in traditional Chinese and Ayurveda medicines. It’s most commonly known to reduce nausea for pregnancy and travel sickness, however, it has many more supportive properties for wellbeing.
Eases digestion, as research has shown its ability to calm the digestive system which can become unsettled from overindulgence, stress, pregnancy, motion sickness and side effects from medications. Rub it clockwise on the belly in a diluted carrier oil (1,3).
Relieves a tired mind with the warming scent that revives the nervous system so that general fatigue and mental confusion can gently lift (1). The uplift this provides can offer improved confidence, positivity and removal of unmotivated blocks (3).
Combats colds with antiseptic properties that can ward off viruses, as well as easing sinus congestion and discomforting sore throats. Yup - ginger and honey drinks really work! (1)
It relieves headaches with its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making ginger a great natural choice for migraines and headaches (1). At a spiritual level, this can help us clear other’s energy through connecting to our root of source being and stabilise our centre (3).
Ease muscle pain as it boosts circulation and provides natural warmth to sore muscles - great for post-workout soreness (1). It’s also good for warming the body for training on a cold day, meaning that it can also help ease rheumatic pain in colder weather (3).
Reduces inflammation due its anti-inflammatory properties, particularly with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Administering doses with oral supplements and directly to the skin of the inflamed joint has proven positive results in reducing pain and discomfort (5).
Relieves menstrual cramps, and is even comparable to Ibuprofen as a pain killer during your moon cycle (6)
Contraindications: Dilute this essential oil if applied topically to the skin to 1% or less due to its warming nature (3). Start low and add in small amounts with this strong aroma.
How to use Ginger essential oil
Massage oil for headaches, tight muscles and troublesome stomachs simply place 2 drops into 1 tablespoon of a base carrier oil. We like grapeseed for its hypoallergenic properties.
Gargle for sore throats with 1 teaspoon of vodka and 2 drops of ginger essential oil. You can join one of Nid’s gargle-a-long songs to lift your spirits as you gargle and spit out at the end!
Full Moon blend to support letting go and releasing what no longer serves - 4 drops of ginger with 2 drops of palo santo, 1 drop of vetiver and 10 drops of laurel along with the Moon Ceremony in the Embody Life Sanctuary can release with gratitude.
Find out your next essential oil aroma
Welcome, change with the YEI Intentional Candle by NidRa Aroma. Designed to support the relinquishment of attachments, obtain clear insight and connect to life with Ravensara, ylang-ylang, geranium bourbon and ginger.
If you are interested in one of my bespoke blends that align with your intention and energetic shifts, then let me know. A candle brings ritual, but a bottled blend may be more appropriate to your setup. So get in touch and find out!
This information is for general interest only and is not to be taken as advice: therapeutic, medical or otherwise. We do not make a claim of any therapeutic advice offered in the writing. Please seek professional advice for the appropriate use of essential oils for your situation.
Research used for blog:
- Neal’s Yard Remedies: Essential Oils edited by Claire Cross 2016, pg. 145
- Guide to Australian Essential Oils by Salvatore Battaglia 2009
- Nature’s Essential Oils by Cher Kaufmann pg. 137-139
- Healing Essences Aromatherapy Treatment Guide 2020
- Comparison of effects of ginger, mefenamic acid, and ibuprofen on pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea
Giti Ozgoli et al. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Feb.
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