Ginger Essential Oil Uses & Benefits (Recipe)
As a supplement and ingredient in a wide variety of recipes, ginger has been used for thousands of years—not only in the Far East, but also in Europe. Different cultures incorporate this spicy root into their dishes because it’s so flavorful, but also because of its health benefits. In India they grate it into their tea, while in Japan ginger is used in miso soup, and in Greece it goes well with fish.
However, there’s another great way to enjoy ginger’s benefits: By using ginger oil. Used on the skin, rather than ingested, ginger oil has been known to relieve minor aches and pain.
Did you know that ginger oil can also reduce swelling and bloating, aid in digestion, kill microorganisms in the body, and help the blood circulate normally?
Those are are enough reasons to use ginger oil if you have the following issues:
If you’re someone who has problems gaining weight, ginger is great because it promotes a healthy appetite. Issues related to gas, reflux, or overall discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract can be solved by ginger. If you have problems with an upset stomach, try massaging a few drops of ginger oil onto your abdomen for relief.
Because it’s capable of killing microorganisms in our bodies, ginger oil is widely recommended for most intestinal infections like food poisoning and bacterial dysentery.
Ginger oil is a powerful expectorant, meaning it will make that normally dry cough more productive, by letting us expel more mucus from our throat and lungs. That may be one of the reasons why they add it to their tea on the subcontinent of India. So it’s great if you struggle with arthritis. Additionally, it helps soothe the throat and fights the flu and asthma. Add some drops to a vaporizer to get some relief from the common cold.
Both raw and as an oil, ginger has been used to treat headaches and other minor pains. It’s a wonderful anti-inflammatory.
By incorporating ginger oil into your normal diet, you can strengthen your heart health. Over time it will bring down your bad cholesterol and help slow the hardening of your arteries. Together, the lack of these symptoms not only reduces the risk of blood clots but is also capable of bringing down high blood pressure.
To be sold in stores, companies normally use a process of distilling the steam from boiled ginger to create its essential oil, but we’ve got a recipe that will allow you to make your own ginger oil at home.
It’s very simple.
- Fresh ginger;
- 1 1/2 cups olive oil;
- Oven-safe bowl;
- Cheese grater.
1. Wash about a cup of fresh, unpeeled ginger. Allow it to dry completely. This may take a few hours.
2. Take the oven-safe bowl and add the olive oil to it.
3. Using the grater, grate the dry ginger into the olive oil and mix well.
4. Set the temperature in the oven to 150 degrees. Place the ginger-olive oil mixture in the oven and let it simmer for at least two hours.
5. Filter the mixture by pouring it through a cheese cloth (make sure that the cheese cloth is unbleached) in order to remove the small bits. After filtering, squeeze out the cloth to remove all of the oil possible.
6. With a funnel, if necessary, pour the oil into smaller vials and store them in a cool, dry place.
If your ginger oil isn’t super concentrated, it’s safe to use topically, because it’s non-toxic and shouldn’t irritate the skin. It’s best to test it on a smaller area to make sure you’re not sensitive or allergic.
This home made ginger oil recipe will stay fresh for up to six months.
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