Ginger oil is extracted from the dry, unpeeled root of the ginger herb plant. According to "A Complete Guide To Understanding and Using Aromatherapy For Vibrant Health and Beauty," by Roberta Wilson, ginger has been in use for over 4,000 years. Today, many holistic and natural health practitioners believe that ginger oil can be used to heal the body, mind and soul. Speak with a physician or health care provider before ingesting ginger oil or any other essential oil.
Ginger oil is used in the practice of aromatherapy and is believed to be effective at treating the emotions. According to "The Aromatherapy Bible," by Gill Farrer-Halls, ginger oil can be used as an aphrodisiac and acts as a mild stimulant. It is also used to improve memory and communication. Ginger oil can be used alone or blended with other essential oils, such as sandalwood, patchouli and rosewood, and worn as a perfume. It may also be used as a massage oil, added to a bath or used in an aromatherapy diffuser. Caution should be used when using ginger oil on the skin as it may irritate sensitive skin.
Health and Medicinal Benefits
There are also medicinal benefits associated with ginger oil. According to "A Complete Guide To Understanding and Using Aromatherapy For Vibrant Health and Beauty," ginger oil is effective at relieving menstrual cramps and easing the symptoms of motion sickness and jet lag. In China, doctors have prescribed ginger tonics to ease congestion and strengthen the heart. Ginger oil is believed to be effect at boosting the immune system and is used to ward off cold and flu symptoms. It is also thought to be effective at treating respiratory infections and is used to ease sore throats. It can be used to alleviate queasiness and feeling of nausea caused by a hangover. Ginger oil is believed to be effective at treating diarrhea, relieving gas pain and stimulating the appetite.
Beauty and Skin Benefits
According to "A Complete Guide To Understanding and Using Aromatherapy For Vibrant Health and Beauty," ginger oil is not commonly used in skin care products because it tends to irritate sensitive skin. It is, however, sometimes used in colognes for men and is thought to be effective at treating cellulite and varicose veins. If you have sensitive skin, use ginger oil with caution, or choose another essential oil that is safe to use on sensitive skin, such as rosemary or cypress.