Introduction and origin of Ginger Oil
Ginger oil is derived from the root of the zingiber officinale plant. Ginger root has been used in folk medicines for its ability to soothe inflammation, fever, cold, nausea and menstrual complaints. Oil has earned the nickname THE OIL OF EMPOWERMENT. Ginger oil has a distinct aroma that can be described as strong warm or spicy. Ginger essential oil is often used for aromatherapy.
Ginger oil is extracted by two methods
1. Steam distillation
2. Solvent extraction
Steam distillation is used to get essential oil and Solvent extraction is used for extraction of ginger oleoresin.
BOTANICAL NAME –ZINGIBER OFFICINALE ROSC.
Properties of Ginger Essential Oil
The main chemical constituents of Ginger Oil are camphene alpha –pinene geranial B-phellandrene
Beta-sesquiphellandrene and curcumene.
Ginger oil is pale yellow to light-amber colored liquid. Its odor is strong spicy. Ginger oleoresin is a dark brown or very dark amber color viscous liquid with a warm spicy sweet aroma. Ginger root is brown in colour with a knotted rough appearance. The leaves are green and ribbed in texture.
HEALTH BENEFITS AND USES OF GINGER OIL
USES OF GINGER OIL
Ginger oil is used in aromatherapy.
Diffusing 2 to 3 drops of ginger boil in a diffuser of preference can improve a negative mood and low libido. Ginger oil is benefit for those who are suffering from insomnia. It also increases energy level by inspiring positive and hopeful feeling.
PROMOTE HEALTHY SKIN
Ginger oil is known to have rejuvenating effect on the complexion. It improves skin quality by clear up acne and blemishes. Mix five drops of ginger oil , two drops of honey and one tsp of lemon juice, then refrigerate the mixture for half an hour. Apply this mixture to the face like a mask.
PROMOTE HAIR GROWTH
Ginger oil stimulate hair growth by boosting blood circulation in scalp. Mix ten drops of ginger oil and ten drops of jojoba oil in small bowl and then massage this oil on scalp in circular motion.
Ginger oil has anti-bacterial, anti-coagulant and anti-inflammatory properties. So it secures skin from sunburn and fungal infection. It could be very useful in swelling.Also, stimulant action of this essential oil makes it useful for fatigue and exhaustion.
Ginger oil eliminates bacterial infection from skin with its antiseptic action. To treat topical infection mix one drop of ginger oil and one tsp of coconut oil and massage gently on affected area.
EASE JOINT PAIN
Due to antioxidant properties of ginger oil it helps to reduce knee pain and arthritis.
Due to antioxidant properties anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial properties ginger oil has been widely studied and used to manage and even prevent cancer too.
BURN EXTRA FAT
Ginger oil is helpful in burning fat also. Consuming healthy ginger soup doesn’t just make it a delicious dinner. It also helps keep excess weight off.
PROMOTE RESPIRATORY HEALTH
Ginger oil helps to clear mucus from the throat and respiratory track. It also soothe cold and even effective against cough.