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Ginger Oil Health Benefits

Ginger is one of the most popular herbs used in many households worldwide and its oil is just as effective. Ginger oil is obtained from the root of the herb Zingiber Officinale. The peculiar hot and pungent taste of ginger can be attributed to the presence of an acrid compound called Gingerol.

 

Its ability to assist us with any kinds of digestive upsets is what it is best known for. From nausea to morning sickness to indigestion, the benefits are welcome.

 

It acts as an anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic, expectorant, anticoagulant, digestive aid, laxative, carminative, stimulant and tonic.

 

Ginger oil can vary in colour from pale yellow to a darker amber colour and the viscosity also ranges from medium to watery.

 

It is strong smelling oil – spicy, sharp, and warm and with a hint of lemon and pepper, which smells of actual ginger.

 

Ginger is an antiseptic and carminative substance. As a result, it can be used to treat food poisoning. It is also used for treating intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery.

 

Since ginger root and ginger oil are both good expectorants, they are effective in treating various respiratory problems such as cold, cough, flu, asthma, bronchitis and breathlessness.

 

Ginger is very effective in removing mucus from the throat and lungs, so it is often added to tea in India. The health benefits of honey and ginger in treating respiratory problems is well known.

 

As a part of a cream or lotion it can be used for arthritis, muscle aches, rheumatism, and also to help with poor circulation and to disperse bruises.

 

Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.

 

It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an essential oil that you’ve never used before.

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