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16 December 2021 / Laura Garvin Gomez

Ginger Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Warming ginger has a vast range of medicinal benefits, and can even act as an aphrodisiac.

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Warm and spicy, ginger oil has been at the forefront of herbal supplements for thousands of years.

From classic home remedies like adding ginger root and honey to hot water for a cold to an exhilarating ginger shot promoted by some influencer or another, the presence of ginger is one long associated with wellness and upkeep.

Used primarily to aid digestive health and boost mood, as well as in the treatment of common illnesses and ailments, ginger essential oil’s distinct sharp aroma seems to give us a kick of strength from its scent alone.

What is Ginger Essential Oil?

Steam distilled from the root of the rhizome, a tropical plant native to several regions of Asia, ginger essential oil is naturally yellow in colour, with a sharp yet slightly sweet aroma that adds to its overall warmth.

Also known by the botanical name Zingiber Offcianale, different types of ginger oil are often determined by their levels of zingiberene – a component in the oil that varies based on the type of soil the rhizome plant is grown in.

Our  essential oil is distinguished by these levels as well as the regions they are grown in, with Ginger (Chinese) having a slightly higher concentration of zingiberene than the Indian variety.

What are the health benefits of Ginger Essential Oil?

Ginger is such a renowned home remedy, both in oil form and otherwise, for a reason. Some ginger essential oil benefits include:

  • Supporting digestion
  • Relieving cold symptoms
  • Managing pain
  • Lifting mood
  • Regenerating skin

Zoomed in picture of a ginger root.

Does ginger essential oil support digestion?

Ginger oil is one of the best oils to treat a wide variety of gastric complaints.

found that ginger oil could inhibit the growth of ulcers in the stomach by up to 85%, and ginger’s gastroprotective properties have also been used to treat indigestion, diarrhoea, and even colic.

One of ginger’s most famous traditional uses is in the treatment of nausea – it has long been a popular household remedy for sickness and vomiting.

was able to demonstrate this link when it found that ginger oil was able to reduce feelings of nausea after surgical procedures.

Inhaling diffused ginger oil is a great way to experience these benefits and may help to provide protection to the gut and relief from nausea.

As ginger oil can be phototoxic, it is safer not to apply it to the skin before stepping out into direct sunlight.

Can ginger oil help treat cold symptoms?

Ginger is also a popular home remedy for the common cold.

Ginger essential oil is a natural expectorant, meaning it can help to get mucus moving through blocked airways as well as help flush out harmful bacteria.

Its antiseptic properties also help to protect against infections and kill the pathogens responsible for cold symptoms – whilst its anti-inflammatory properties, which it owes to the components gingerol and zingiberene, help to soothe swelling in the lungs and open airways.

found that ginger can cause a significant and rapid relaxation of human airway smooth muscles, preventing the restriction of airways and allowing easier breathing even through a stuffed nose.

Using ginger essential oil to help manage pain

The component zingiberene in ginger oil has been found to have powerful pain-relieving properties.

found that ginger oil was associated with reducing inflammation-induced pain and was able to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee, and a further  found that ginger was able to reduce exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.

Zingiberene not only has powerful anti-inflammatory properties but is also believed to help reduce the number of prostaglandins in the body - compounds associated with the sensation of pain.

This allows ginger oil to soothe swollen muscles and joints whilst also inhibiting the pain response.

Diluting ginger essential oil with a carrier oil (such as or ) and massaging it into your temples has also been known to help provide relief against headaches and migraines.

Is ginger oil good for lifting mood?

found that ginger oil can activate the human serotonin receptor, providing a possible explanation as to why ginger oil has always been associated with confidence and happiness.

It has been found that ginger oil can help to reduce the severity of increased low mood in women suffering from PMS, and many people use ginger oil to help combat anxiety.

Ginger oil’s mood-boosting effects are so pronounced, in fact, that for centuries it has been considered an aphrodisiac.

Ginger’s warming and stimulating properties, as well as the stress relief that it provides, are said to help combat problems such as impotence and loss of libido.

Ginger essential oil and skincare

Thanks to its extensive antioxidant properties, ginger oil can help to effectively fight and protect against free radicals, helping to safeguard the skin against a number of issues including premature aging.

These properties can also help to improve elasticity in the skin, while ginger’s benefits as an astringent can help reduce hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and scars.

We always advise diluting ginger essential oil before applying to the skin, as well as performing a patch test.

As ginger contains phototoxic qualities, we would recommend avoiding application before going into direct sunlight.

How to use Ginger Essential Oil

Aromatherapy

Many ginger essential oil benefits can be unlocked through the common practice of aromatherapy.

Diffusing this strong and spicy scent throughout your home can help facilitate feelings of positivity as well as help relieve symptoms of nausea or congestion.

Combine 5-7 drops of the oil with water and add to an oil burner or diffuser for a distinctive, warming aroma.  

Alternatively, you can simply hold a bottle of ginger essential oil to your nose and gently inhale or add a few drops to a tissue or cotton ball for on-the-go aromatherapy.

Massage

Due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, ginger essential oil makes for a great at-home massage remedy for stubborn aches as well as inflamed areas of the skin.

Dilute 5 drops to 10ml of carrier oil (such as  or oil) and massage evenly into the skin.

Applying diluted ginger oil to your temples can also help with migraines and nausea associated with it.

We always advise performing a patch test before applying ginger essential oil to the skin.

Bath 

Add 6-8 drops of ginger essential oil to warm bathwater for an uplifting and restorative experience for the mind and body.

Adding ginger oil to your bath can carry many of the same therapeutic benefits as aromatherapy, as the scent will carry through and fill the air with a warm  and spicy aroma.

Skincare 

Add a couple of drops of ginger essential oil to a carrier oil (such as sweet almond or jojoba oil) or your chosen lotion and spread evenly, or onto affected areas.

Ginger oil makes for a highly effective acne treatment due to its excellent antibacterial properties and can be used to spot treat these areas as well as create an effective skin-tightening cleanser.

We always advise performing a patch test before using ginger essential oil on the skin, as well as avoiding direct sunlight due to the oil’s phototoxic qualities.

Soap & Candles 

Suitable for soap making and candle making. We recommend following a tested recipe.

Looking for creative ways to use your ginger essential oil? Discover a number of fun candle and soap recipes in our Make at Home blog section.

History of Ginger Essential Oil

Known as “the oil of empowerment” because of its ability to boost mood and confidence, ginger has had an incredibly diverse history of use.

Ayurvedic medicine considered ginger a ‘universal remedy’ for centuries, prescribing it for all manner of ailments, and the Romans and Greeks employed it in particular to aid digestion.

These gastric health benefits were so famous that the Chinese Emperor Confucius was said to never be without ginger when he ate.

    Associated strongly with both good health and confidence, ginger oil works hard to keep us feeling positive.

    It’s no mystery where ginger’s association with empowerment came from, and no surprise that it has endured in medicine for thousands of years.

    Product Name

    100% Pure Ginger (Chinese) Essential Oil
    Botanical Name Zingiber Officianale
    Scent Type Spices
    Benefits & Uses Aids Digestion, Mood Boosting, Decongestant
    Suitable for Diffusers? Yes, this ginger (chinese) essential oil is perfect for diffusers.
    Suitable for Candles and Soaps? Yes, this ginger (chinese) essential oil is perfect for candle and soap making.
    Extraction Method Steam Distillation
    Bottle Type Tamper proof and UV resistant

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