Ginger, or Zingiber officinale, has been used in cooking, as well as in medicinal preparations, since centuries. It was bought to Europe between the 10th and 15th century. Ginger oil is extracted from ginger root through the process of distillation, and has a strong, spicy smell. It blends well with other oils such as those obtained from lime, rosemary, sandalwood, orange, geranium, cedarwood, patchouli, eucalyptus, myrtle, neroli, bergamot, etc. However, it is strong, and should be used with care. It should be used only when needed, and in the exact quantity prescribed.
Below are some points that highlight the various health benefits offered by ginger oil.
Ginger is said to contain a substance called 'zingibain' which has analgesic properties. Hence, its application can reduce joint pain caused by arthritis, muscle aches, body aches, etc. In a recent study conducted by a group of Chinese researchers, it was found that ginger can effectively reduce inflammation of testicles. According to aromatherapists, ginger oil can decrease the prostaglandin that creates pain, and hence its application can provide instant relief from muscle aches.
A Chinese belief states that consumption of ginger is good for heart health, and hence it is used in a variety of cuisines. Regular use of ginger oil boosts the cardiovascular system, reduces the risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as helps to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol in blood.
It is known to provide relief from stomach ache, indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery, colic, abdominal spasms, and other gastrointestinal problems. It can be used as a carminative to reduce gas formation and bloating. It has antiseptic properties, which are useful to deal with intestinal infection and food poisoning.
Ginger oil serves as an effective expectorant, and is useful for relief from cough, cold as well as asthma, bronchitis, and flu. It helps to break down the mucus which is formed in the lungs, thereby clearing the airways and nasal passages, thus providing relief.
A massage with a blend of this oil with other essential oils, helps to improve blood circulation, reduces aches and pain, and rejuvenates the individual. It also helps to ease sore throat and nasal congestion. It may also be used to encourage sweat in case of fever.
The numerous medicinal properties of ginger and ginger oil have been recognized and promoted since ancient times, and new applications continue to be explored.
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