You’re probably familiar with using ginger as a cooking ingredient or to create a homemade cold or flu remedy, but what about using it as an essential oil?
Because ginger oil does exist in an essential oil format. Ginger oil, as the name suggests, comes from the rhizome (the roots) part of ginger plants. Just like the food ingredient, ginger essential oil has a warm and spicy scent that can be used in aromatherapy and topically.The ginger plant (or Zingiber Officinale) comes from the same plant family that turmeric and cardamom comes from and is found worldwide, particularly in Asia and Africa.1
How is it made?As with most essential oils, ginger oil is extracted from ginger plant tree sap in a number of ways, which usually involves steam distillation.2
How long have people been using ginger essential oil for?Ginger as a whole has a long-standing reputation for being a natural healer.3 It was used by the Romans and Greeks for various treatments, ranging from flavouring food to aiding digestion.4 Ginger root has been used for thousands of years in folk medicine and is renowned for its flavouring and digestive properties. While in Ayurvedic medicine, ginger oil has traditionally believed to help with emotional issues, such as anxiety and low self-confidence.5
How can it be used?There’s so much you can do with ginger oil. You can:6
By putting 1 to 2 drops of it into a facial steamer or a hot bowl of water. If using the second method, cover your head with a towel to capture all of the ginger oil vapours.
To freshen up your room. To make a room spray, simply add 10 to 15 drops per ounce of water to a spray bottle and spritz away!
Dilute it with a carrier oil (such as almond, jojoba, coconut or avocado oil) and then apply a few drops to the bottom of your feet or rub it into your pulse points.
Either breathe it in directly from the bottle or sprinkle some droplets on a towel or cloth and pop it underneath your pillow.
Diffuse itPut some in a diffuser and breathe in the warm and spicy scent. (Try this: combine 3 drops of ginger oil with 2 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of patchouli essential oils).7
Massage itDilute 5 drops of essential oil with 10ml of Miaroma base oil and gently apply. (Note – it blends well with lemon, cinnamon, rosemary and peppermint oils).8
Bathe in itAdd 4 to 6 drops of oil into warm running water. Then relax in the bath for at least 10 minutes to allow the aroma to work.9
Ginger oil benefitsGinger oil has widespread anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a result, there are lots of benefits to using it, including these five:10
- Reduces inflammation – initial studies have found that ginger can help soothe and ease the body.11
- Fades scars – because of its antioxidant properties that can reduce the appearance of hypopigmented scars.12
- Aids anxiety – thanks to its warming and calming properties.13
- Ease the senses - inhaling ginger essential oil can help reduce the build-up of mucus in the lungs and throat.14
- Reduce the feelings of nausea – the pleasant aroma’s said to help stomach upsets, as well as motion, morning, altitude and migraine-related sickness. It also helps to aid digestion when inhaled, which can potentially contribute to nausea.15
How to use it safelyAlways do a patch test to it make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin and always dilute it first with a carrier oil before putting it on your skin. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to use it.16
Some interesting facts about ginger oil
- Ginger oil is thought to be even more powerful than ginger because it contains more Gingerol, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties17
- It has been found to work as a natural aphrodisiac18
- It’s also widely referred to as ‘The Oil of Empowerment’19
- It can help promote hair growth. Dilute a few drops with a carrier oil and then massage the mixture through your hair and scalp. Leave it in for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.20
Last updated: 11 September 2020