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Ginger Oil

Carrying an interesting botanical name-- "Zingiber officinale", the essential oil of ginger exhibits numerous precious benefits for the well-being of mankind. Remaining a popular choice in Aromatherapy, this oil is extracted from Ginger-- the herbal plant grown all over the tropics, predominantly in India, Malaysia, Africa, United States, and West Indies. Varied in color tones, from pale yellow to a darker amber color; the oil also differs in viscosity, ranging from medium to watery. Ginger oil has rich sources of a multitude of chemical constituents including a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, neral, geraniol, geranial, geranyl acetate, b-bisabolene, and zingiberene.

Owing to its strong spicy and peppery smell, the ginger essential oil can overpower weaker oils. However, it blends well with all citrus and spicy oils such as lemon, cedarwood, lime, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, patchouli, myrtle, bergamot, rosewood, neroli, orange and ylang-ylang. It works particularly well when blended with atlas cedarwood, blue gum eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, lemon, lime, Roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, sandalwood and vetiver.


The warming qualities of ginger oils make it an ideal to help ease colds and flu, nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, muscle aches and pains, as well as poor circulation and arthritic pain.
It is considered to be a good aphrodisiac, blowing away the feelings of loneliness and winter depression with its energizing properties. What more...this ginger essential oil is popularly used for its antiseptic, aphrodisiac, laxative, stimulant and tonic properties. Though having non-spicy food habits, even the Chinese use ginger oil in their medicines to break up phlegm from respiratory infections, strengthen the heart, rheumatism, and anything to do with an over abundant amount of moisture in the body.
 

Oil Extraction
Addressed as a perennial herb-- Ginger grows to about 3 - 4 feet high with a thick spreading tuberous rhizome. Ginger root oil is extracted from the root of this plant (Zingiberaceae officinale of the Zingiberaceae family). The extraction process takes place by the means of steam distillation from the unpeeled or dried, ground-up root (rhizome) of the plant, and can yield about 2 - 4 % oil.

History of Ginger
Finding its initial roots in the Indian sub-continent, the ginger plant is also native to China, Java, Africa and the West Indies. It is believed that the plant was most probably brought to Europe between the 10th and 15th century as a condiment and spice. It became so popular in Europe that at one time it was included in every table setting, like salt and pepper. Endowed with rich medicinal values, ginger finds its place of repute in both Sanskrit and Chinese texts; along with mention in the literature of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Arabians.

The plant has derived its name from the Sanskrit word "stringa-vera", which means "with a body like a horn" from its antler-like appearance. Reports also indicate the presence of ginger in Arab countries as far back as 650 A.D., named in the Koran, the sacred book of the Muslims. A common article of medieval and Renaissance trade, it was one of the spices used against the plague. In English pubs and taverns in the nineteenth century, barkeepers put out small containers of ground ginger, for people to sprinkle into their beer -the origin of ginger ale.
 

Applicable Benefits
Showcasing therapeutic properties in manifolds, the Ginger oil is an analgesic, anti-emetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic. Indeed, this essential oil forms an integral part of many Asian cuisines (specially meat sand poultry) due to its digestive properties. It is also used as a preservative and flavoring agent. The peculiar hot taste and pungent taste of ginger oil can be attributed to the presence of an acrid compound called Gingerol. In fact, most of the health benefits of this oil are due to Gingerol, including the following:

  • Stomach: Playing a major role in treating stomach upsets, ginger oil is one of the best remedies for indigestion, stomach ache, dyspepsia, colic, spasms, diarrhea, flatulence and other stomach and bowel related problems. It is often added in numerous food preparations, especially in India, as it helps in improving digestion.
  • Food poisoning: Owing to its antiseptic and carminative properties, ginger oil can be used for treating food poisoning. It is also used for treating intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: The ginger root oil is immensely effective against nausea, motion sickness and vomiting.
  • Heart: It is strongly believed in China that ginger boosts and strengthens your heart. Many people use ginger oil as a measure to prevent as well as cure heart diseases. Preliminary research has indicated that ginger may be helpful in reduction of cholesterol levels and prevention of blood clotting. With reduced cholesterol levels and blood clotting the chances of blockage of blood vessels decrease thereby reducing incidences of heart strokes.
  • Respiratory: Since ginger oil is a good expectorant, it is effective in various respiratory problems such as cold, cough, flu, asthma, bronchitis and breathlessness.
  • Inflammation and Pain: Extract of ginger is often used in traditional medicine to reduce inflammation. Research has now proved that its anti-inflammatory properties can be attributed to the presence of the substance named Zingibain. It is analgesic in nature and reduces pain caused by muscle aches, arthritis, rheumatisms, headache, migraine, etc.Ginger oil Gingeror paste of ginger is often massaged on aching muscles to remove muscle strain. It is further believed that regular use of ginger leads to reduction of prostaglandins which are the compounds associated with pain. Hence ginger helps in pain relief. Recently a few Chinese researchers have reported that ginger is effective for treating inflammation of the testicles.
  • Menstrual Problems: Irregular and painful menstrual discharges can be treated with ginger.
  • Malaria: Ginger oil is also effective against yellow fever and malaria.
  • Stress: Ginger oil, being an essential oil is stimulating and therefore relives depression, mental stress, exhaustion, dizziness, restlessness and anxiety.
  • Impotency: Ginger is helpful for men’s health as well. Since ginger oil is aphrodisiac in nature, it is effective in removing impotency and treating premature ejaculation.
  • Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, preliminary research on animals has shown that ginger oil may be useful in treating cancer through chemotherapy.
 
Caution Note: Ginger oil is non-toxic and non-irritant (except when used in high concentrations) but could irritate sensitive skins and can also cause photosensitivity.
 
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