Physical benefits of ginger essential oil
Traditionally, ginger essential oil has been used for nausea, digestive complaints, and immune system support. Recent research studies indicate ginger also benefits more specific complaints such as ulcers and fatty liver disease. This is due to ginger’s anti-ulcer activity and liver-protective properties. Chinese medicine has used ginger root for centuries to neutralize toxins, harmonize other herbs, and aid digestion.*
The properties of ginger essential oil differ greatly from fresh ginger and ginger tea, as also seen with the significantly different aromas. High in sesquiterpenes (up to 90%), ginger oil targets deeper levels in the body including bone marrow (where our bodies make adult stem cells) and brain matter. A recent study demonstrates that ginger oil protects bone marrow DNA from radiation poisoning in rats and reverses damage in the small intestine.*
When blended with lemon, lime, lemon-myrtle, or lemongrass, the combination of ginger oil’s anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-radiation properties creates a powerhouse blend for diffusing and benefiting the entire household. However, when applied topically, ginger oil increases sensitivity to the sun at the site of application for up to six hours. So it’s best to use this oil after the sun goes down or when inside.*
Emotional benefits of ginger essential oil
A recent study of ginger oil proves the pharmacological basis for what Chinese medicine has known for centuries–the combination of ginger oil with magnolia bark creates an antidepressant-like effect. Ginger oil’s affinity for the brain and ability to neutralize toxins encourages the release of toxic and self-destructive thought patterns. The emotion associated with the liver is anger; and ginger’s liver-restorative properties release anger toward others and internalized anger related to depression.*
Test ginger essential oil to any of the following Body-Feedback areas:
- Stomach meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Spleen meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Small intestine meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Urinary bladder meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Kidney meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Triple burner meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Liver meridian Body-Feedback areas
- Governing vessel Body-Feedback areas
- Conception vessel Body-Feedback areas
- Master Body-Feedback areas
*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.
Ginger essential oil research articles:
Liju VB, Jeena K, Kuttan R. Gastroprotective activity of essential oils from turmeric and ginger. J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 2015 Jan;26(1):95-103. doi: 10.1515/jbcpp-2013-0165. PubMed PMID: 24756059.
Jeena K, Liju VB, Ramanath V, Kuttan R. Protection against Whole Body γ-Irradiation Induced Oxidative Stress and Clastogenic Damage in Mice by Ginger Essential Oil. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2016;17(3):1325-32. PubMed PMID: 27039766.
Liu CT, Raghu R, Lin SH, Wang SY, Kuo CH, Tseng YJ, Sheen LY. Metabolomics of ginger essential oil against alcoholic fatty liver in mice. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Nov 20;61(46):11231-40. doi: 10.1021/jf403523g. Epub 2013 Nov 12. PubMed PMID: 24171385.
Qiang LQ, Wang CP, Wang FM, Pan Y, Yi LT, Zhang X, Kong LD. Combined administration of the mixture of honokiol and magnolol and ginger oil evokes antidepressant-like synergism in rats. Arch Pharm Res. 2009 Sep;32(9):1281-92. doi: 10.1007/s12272-009-1914-6. Epub 2009 Sep 26. PubMed PMID: 19784585.
Shukla Y, Singh M. Cancer preventive properties of ginger: a brief review. Food Chem Toxicol. 2007 May;45(5):683-90. Epub 2006 Nov 12. Review. PubMed PMID: 17175086.