Ginger is a plant with leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. Ginger is native to warmer parts of Asia, such as China, Japan, and India, but now is grown in parts of South American and Africa. It is also now grown in the Middle East to use as medicine and with food.
Ginger oil can benefit the body in the following ways:
Supports digestion and stomach health: Ginger is one of the oldest remedies in the world for upset stomachs. Finer soothes feelings of nausea, improves digestion, and reduces gas. Ginger is mild enough that it can be used during a low risk pregnancy to relieve morning sickness during the first few weeks.
How to use for nausea: Diffuse ginger in the air to relieve feelings of a sour stomach. If you feel nauseated, mix ginger with a carrier oil and rub gently into the stomach. You can also sniff ginger oil when waves on nausea hit. Ginger is also soothing after vomiting and speeds digestion.
Boost healing: Ginger has antiseptic properties, killing infections that cause adverse health conditions. Ginger is effective in killing many common bacteria, microbe, and viral strains that cause illness in humans. Ginger can help the spread of these illnesses.
Calms Inflammation: Ginger is one of the oldest remedies for reducing inflammation both externally and internally. Although ginger seems like it would just have a stimulating effect on the immune system, it helps improve circulation and reduces swelling and inflammation from the outside in. Ginger contains an ingredient called Zingibain, which is what gives ginger its inflammation-fighting properties.
How to Use Ginger as an Anti-Inflammatory. You can ingest ginger in various forms. You can add a few tablespoons to your diet by grating ginger over a salad or into a stir fry.
Or you could grate one to two teaspoons and simmer it in a pot with hot water for five minutes to make a soothing tea. A ginger poultice may be effective in relieving pain associated with arthritis and sporting injuries. You can make the poultice at home. Don't apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin, as it can lead to irritation or other adverse reactions. Instead, mix the ginger oil with vaseline/carrier oil to make a salve. Start with a one to 10 ratio of ginger oil to vaseline or a carrier oil.
Reduces Muscle Pain: Ginger helps reduce pain because of the helpful ani-inflammatory ingredient Zingibain. The oil helps relieve minor aches and pains including mensural cramps, tension headaches, stiff joints, and minor cramps in the stomach, legs, and throughout the body.
How to use for muscle pain: Dilute two drops of ginger oil in a carrier oil and massage it into sore muscles two or three times a day to reduce pain in the muscles and joints.