Ginger Essential Oil – Take Care of your Gut
Ginger comes from a flowering plant and it the actual root that is used for consumption as a spice or as an essential oil. Many people know that ginger is used for nausea relief or to soothe the stomach, think of ginger ale and ginger candy. Ginger is part of the plant family that includes turmeric and cardamom, body really beneficial for your health and wellness. Ginger is safe to eat and smell during pregnancy and is commonly recommended for prenatal patients as well.
Ginger essential oil has several key health benefits including digestion, respiratory support, reducing inflammation, and helping anxiety.
Ginger essential oil is often used to treat indigestion in people of all ages. The chemical compounds in ginger block serotonin receptors in your gut, preventing the brain from feeling the sensation of nausea, but this isn’t the only benefit of ginger on the gut or the body. Ginger contains an enzyme called zingibain, which helps the body better digest food by breaking down protein. You can add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath, in a hot tea or water, or place it directly on the stomach to aid in digestion support.
Ginger essential oil has been shown to help with respiratory issues. It’s a common ingredient in many natural cough and cold medicines. It can help remove mucus from the throat and lungs and even aid as an asthma remedy. You can diffuse the oil, add it to a hot tea, or dilute it and apply it directly to the skin for respiratory support.
Ginger essential oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory. The enzyme that aids in digestion, zingibain, is the oil’s anti-inflammatory component. Studies have shown that taking a drop or two of ginger essential oil daily can help with pain associated with headaches, sore muscles, and menstrual cramps. You can ingest ginger essential oil or dilute it and rub it directly on the muscles.
Ginger essential oil, when diffused or inhaled aromatically, can also relieve feelings of anxiousness. In some countries, this oil is used to treat emotional problems associated with fear, abandonment, and low self-confidence.
If you don’t have ginger essential oil, find a good quality brand. Read our previous blog on essential oils so you know how to choose the best quality, especially if you are ingesting the oil.