5 Ways I Love to Use Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger root has a long history of use in traditional health practices dating back over 2,500 years. And ginger essential oil, sourced from the underground stem of the ginger plant, has also been used for health and wellness. 
 
Thanks to its slightly sweet yet warm and spicy profile, you can use ginger oil in various ways, including to ease nausea, aid in digestion, or use in your favorite recipes.

 

Chemical Components

Ginger essential oil is made up of a chemical group called sesquiterpenes, which are commonly found in soothing essential oils like ylang ylang and myrrh oil. The sesquiterpenes in ginger are called zingiberene and sesquiphellandrene, which contribute to digestive health when used internally and promote the grounding and balance of emotions when used aromatically.
 
The chemical makeup of Ginger oil contributes to its soothing properties for the body, including its ability to support healthy digestion and to reduce occasional nausea when taken internally, or to create a soothing massage. 
 

Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil

 

1. Provides Antioxidant Benefits

Scientists have studied the compound in ginger and discovered that it may help support healthy immune and respiratory function (source).

To use: add one drop to your morning smoothie. 

2. Relieves Feelings of Nausea

I always try to keep a roller bottle of ginger with me in case someone experiences a moment of nausea, especially on long car rides. 

To use: diffuse in a car diffuser or place a drop in your hand to inhale its calming and soothing aroma.

Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil | LeannForst.com

 

3. Aids in Digestion

One study showed that ginger, as well as turmeric oil, significantly increased the cellular levels of antioxidant enzymes. This prevents gastric damage, thereby maintaining the health of gastric tissue (source). 

To use: when you’re experiencing gas or bloating, add one drop to four ounces of liquid or place 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule.

4. Creates a Calming Atmosphere

Ginger is known as a soothing oil. It’s one of the oils I grab for when I want to create a balanced and grounding feeling in my home. 

To use: diffuse 1-2 drops in your favorite diffuser. Or you can try this this potpourri recipe

5. Adds Flavor to Food

Any time you have a recipe that calls for ginger, you can substitute the oil. But as with any oil, just use a tiny bit. Even a small toothpick amount can add lots of flavor to your meal.

To use: you can try these recipes from doTERRA:

Oils that Blend Well with Ginger Essential Oil

The spicy, earthy tones of ginger essential oil blend well with other warm oils like cinnamon and cassia. You can also blend it with sweet citrus scents like wild orange or ylang ylang.  
 
 

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Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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