Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Oil from dōTERRA®
Powerful, all-natural relief from motion sickness, congestion and arthritis
Ginger has offered benefit to mankind since the beginning of recorded history. Anciently esteemed as a spice, and recognized for its affinity for the digestive system, ginger oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks, as well as other people groups from around the world.
15 ml bottle.
About ginger oil:
One of ginger's most distinctive characteristics is its sweet, warm and citrusy fragrance.
Its unique scent is the expression of hundreds of individual compounds. In fact, ginger is one of nature's most complex essential oils. And, an almost infinite cascade of beneficial activity results from the synergistic reaction of its chemical constituents, giving ginger oil profound therapeutic benefits, and making it one of the most valuable of the oils.
Key properties of ginger oil
Primary constituents of ginger:
- Sesquiterpene (zingiberene 77%)
- Aldehydes (citronellal 4%)
Some of the therapeutic properties of ginger include: analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, expectorant and stumulant.
Common uses for ginger oil
During the cold and flu season, ginger oil offers some important benefits. It provides excellent soothing benefits to the digestive system, helping to relieve nausea and lessen diarrhea and vomiting. It can also be used as an expectorant, and for congestion, coughs and sore throat.
Ginger is also beneficial for nausea due to morning sickness, motions sickness, chemotherapy and general anesthesia. It can also be used for stomach ache.
Ginger also aides digestion, and is helpful for colic, constipation, diarrhea, stomach ache, indigestion and nausea.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be beneficial for some types of migraine headache, as well as arthritis and rheumatism, chest pain and back pain. It might also help with high cholesterol (which can be a response to inflammation).
To aid with motion sickness or nausea, mix 3-5 drops of ginger oil with water or juice, then drink. This can be done 2-3 times per day, depending on the need. Ginger may also be diffused or inhaled to lessen nausea or motion sickness.
Ginger can also be applied topically for nausea or stomach issues. Just apply to the stomach, lower back and behind the ears. For use on children, either apply to the bottom of the feet, or dilute with a carrier oil.
For a sore throat or throat infections, add 1-2 drops to water or juice and drink or gargle.
For chest or back pain, or cold or flu symptoms, apply topically on location. For migraines or other headaches, apply to the originating areas immediately upon onset.
Modern research into ginger oil
Several studies have been published that confirm the traditional claims that ginger is an effective anti-vomiting and anti-motion sickness agent. In one such study, when ginger was given to persons who suffer from motion sickness, it actually produced better results than dimenhydrinate, an antihistamine used in the over-the-counter motion sickness products Dramamine, Gravol and Vertirosan.
Ginger was also tested in a double-blind, randomized placebo study on sea sickness. In this study, 80 naval cadets, not used to heavy, high seas were given either a ginger capsule or placebo. Those who took the placebo experienced symptoms of sea sickness; those who received the ginger capsules had reduced tendancies to both cold sweats and nausea.
In another study, researchers found that ginger exerted migraine-headache-relieving and preventative activity, without side effects.
Other uses for ginger oil
Ginger's esteem as a spice dates back to ancient times. It has also been recognized for its affinity for the digestive system.
The Greeks, up to 4,000 years ago, used ginger in gingerbread. In ancient Egyptian, it was used in cuisine and to ward off epidemics. In Indian, it was used for a tea, to soothe upset stomachs. And, in Chinese, ginger was used in tonics, to strengthen the heart and relieve head congestion. Other uses for ginger include the following:
- Apply one or two drops to feet, back of neck and wrists, to assist with motion sickness.
- Place one drop in palm of hand, rub hands together and inhale for further motion sickness assistance.
- Drop one or two drops on arthritic joints, for relief of pain and swelling.