Ginger Oil is that kind of herbal remedy where it’s much better to concoct at home. Instead of buying an extract or a processed one in the commercial stores, you can just make one on your own.

But for what? Let’s count the ways you can use ginger oil for health benefits.

For Circulation

Topically applied, this concoction can boost your body circulation and relieve pain.

As an Energy Booster

Inhale 2-3 drops of ginger oil using a diffuser. It is also effective to alleviate sinus problems and a sore throat.

For Digestive problems

Apply a drop of ginger oil on your tummy and abdomen for diarrhea and gas issues. Massage the oil gently.

Pain Reliever

For best results, put several drops of ginger oil in a hot bath then soak.

For relieving arthritis, rheumatism or other muscle and bone pain, just mix 2-3 drops in an ounce of a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil, then massage into aching area.

Food Poisoning

Great against intestinal infections, food poisoning, and bacterial dysentery.

Chronic Diseases

Taking 2-4 grams of ginger or ginger oil daily can prevent chronic diseases, according to studies. Those prone to blood clots, arteriosclerosis, and high cholesterol can eat ginger or ginger oil.

Heart Disease

Daily consumption of ginger is proven to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 13%.

Respiratory problems

Highly effective against coughs, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and breathlessness. Take in as food or steep as tea.

Anti-Hypertension

Ginger oil or ginger root can lower blood pressure and lessen the risk of hypertension.

Malaria and Yellow Fever

You can apply ginger oil on your skin as an effective protection against Anopheles Culicifacies mosquitoes, the main cause of malaria.

Making Ginger Oil

Gather all the ingredients like –

Fresh ginger

Coconut oil (1 ½ cups, unrefined)

Bowl (microwavable and over-safe)

Cheese grater

Instructions:
  • Place some fresh ginger in a cup of water (don’t peel the skin). Remove from water and let it dry for a few hours.
  • Heat some unrefined coconut oil in your oven-safe bowl. Shred the ginger into tiny bits and put in the coconut oil.
  • Put the concoction in the oven, simmer under low heat (150°F) for 2 hours.
  • After cooling, pour all ingredients into an unbleached cheesecloth to filter it.
  • Squeeze the oil from the cloth. Move the ginger oil into dark-colored bottles (dark-colored bottles are supposed to make them last longer).
  • Store in a cool and dry place. Can be used for about 6 months.

A word of caution: those with sensitive skin should do a patch test of the ginger oil under their elbow. You can also dilute the oil with other carrier oils like sandalwood, bergamot or frankincense.

Do not use with young children and pregnant women without doctor’s approval. Also, do not apply on skin areas that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours after application.

Consult your doctor for any possible contra-indications if taking medication.

So, are you going to use ginger oil as a healthy cure-all? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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