Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil is steam-distilled from the rhizomes of the plant. This essential oil imparts antiseptic, laxative, stimulant, tonic, and warming properties. This oil has a sweet, spicy-woody, warm, tenacious, fresh, and sharp aroma, which may help influence physical energy, sex, love, money, and courage.
Historically, ginger has been used in Egyptian cuisine to ward off epidemics, in Roman wine for its aphrodisiac powers, in Indian tea to soothe upset stomachs, and in Chinese tonics to strengthen and relieve head congestion. Today, ginger essential oil is commonly used to help with angina, diarrhea, gas/flatulence, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, rheumatic fever, scurvy, teething pain, tonsillitis, vertigo, and vomiting.
Other possible uses of this oil include alcoholism, loss of appetite, arthritis, broken bones, chills, colds, congestion, coughs, cramps, fevers, flu, impotence, infectious diseases, memory, nausea, sinusitis, and sprains.
Safety Data: Repeated use may lead to contact sensitization. Avoid direct sunlight for 3–6 hours after use.
Ways to Use Ginger Essential oil:
- Ginger may help alleviate joint and muscle pain and reduce inflammation when applied topically on location. Combine 5 drops each of ginger and frankincense in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with the carrier oil of your choice. Apply the roll-on to the area of need whenever necessary. This blend is a 5% dilution, making it perfect for daily use. If you don’t use it that regularly, you can apply a higher concentration.
- Diffuser blends are a great way to enjoy the benefits of some of your favorite essential oils, and ginger is no exception! The powerful aroma of ginger essential oil can greatly increase your energy, so why not diffuse it around your house to help energize your body and infuse your mind with courage and love? Here’s a diffuser blend you can try out!
- Cooking with essential oils adds a wonderful flavor to food and beverages and can often be less expensive than buying fresh herbs. Ginger oil can easily be substituted in place of ginger root. The recipes below use ginger oil for the wonderful spicy flavor it provides, but also as an immune builder and digestive support.
- If you suffer from morning sickness or nausea, ginger essential oil is important to keep around. Add 2 drops of ginger to a warm bowl of water, and inhale the warm vapors. You can drape a towel over your head to increase the effects.
- Ginger essential oil is great for helping with pelvic pain syndrome. Simply combine 3 drops ginger and 2 drops geranium with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil. Place this mixture in a warm bath by running it directly under the tap. The mixture creates a soothing bath oil that will help ease the pain.
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, p. 80.