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Explaining Essential Oils- Ginger

Explaining Essential Oils- Ginger

Ginger Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

What is it?

Ginger Essential Oil is extracted from the roots of the Zingiber officinale herb. It is named after the Greek term “zingiberis” which means “horn shaped.”

How can I use it?

Anti-inflammatory. The International Journal of Preventive Medicine reported a study that revealed the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity. Ingesting ginger can help the body reduce inflammation levels and promote healthy antioxidative action.

Anti-Cancer. Studies have shown the anticancer potential of ginger due to its functional cancer preventing ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols. Ginger has been suggested as a possible natural cancer preventing protocol along with avoiding cancerous toxins such as tobacco and other carcinogens.

Cooking Addition. Many cultures use ginger as a culinary secret. Adding a ginger to an style recipe can help provide a healthy, natural flavor boost.  It can also be used to flavor certain desserts such as stewed apples and is used in many cider recipes.  

Motion Sickness & Nausea. Ginger has long been used as a remedy for queasiness. You can make a natural ginger ale drink by adding 2-4 drops of therapeutic or food grade ginger essential oil product into your water and sipping on it as needed until symptoms subside.  

It can be beneficial to take ginger oil with you on trips to help manage motion sickness in a car, train or airplane. You can also take it with you during activities that may induce nausea such as theme park or boat rides.

Liver Health. Multiple studies have shown the protective effect of ginger extract was exhibited in acetaminophen-induced liver damage and indicated that it could be useful in preventing acute liver injuries.  Therefore the data in this study suggests that taking ginger oil on a routine basis can help you detox your body and promote liver health.

What are the benefits?

Ginger carries great potential for treating a number of ailments including degenerative conditions, digestive issues such as indigestion, ulcers, nausea and vomiting, and has shown evidence in cancer prevention. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties which can be beneficial in multiple organ systems.

What are the risks?

Do not ever start or stop any natural remedy, supplement or treatment without first checking with your healthcare provider and discussing the risks and benefits.

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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