The Uses for Essential Oils are Endless
Ginger has a distinctly warm and spicy aroma that often stirs memories of gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and other culinary treats. But the benefits of this powerful root, or rhizome, go way beyond flavoring foods. Here are some of my favorite 10 uses for ginger essential oil.
10 Uses for Ginger Essential Oil
Kick a Soda Habit
This delicious fizzy drink can help you kick a soda habit. This drink is not only delicious, but the apple cider vinegar and ginger oil are great for your digestive system and are both alkalinizing as well. Add this drink daily to your weight loss regimen and get rid of sugary sodas and other drinks!
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 drops ginger essential oil, labeled for internal use
16 oz. sparkling water, such as LaCroix
Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir, and enjoy!
Ease first trimester complaints with a simple ginger-honey tea. To a cup of hot water, add a drop or two of ginger essential oil and a teaspoon of organic, raw honey. As with anytime you ingest essential oils, be sure to select varieties labeled for internal use.
Add Some Spice in the Bedroom
If you are hoping to try the pregnancy tea above in the near future, you may benefit from using ginger in the bedroom. It can be a great addition to the bedtime routine for people wanting to become pregnant. Place a few drops on your feet and/or diffuse prior to slipping between the sheets.
Ginger essential oil can improve hair health and stimulate healthy growth. This study even shows that it can be beneficial to reducing the signs of dandruff. To make a simple scalp treatment, Mix 4-6 drops of ginger essential oil in 2 TBSP coconut oil and massage into the scalp. Leave on for at least an hour, or overnight, and shampoo as usual.
For an awesome protective hair tonic recipe, check out my Essential Oil Hair Tonic!
According to this study, ginger oil has been shown to improve memory, reaction time, and attention span. Diffusing or wearing ginger essential oil while working or studying may help you be more productive.
Soothe Achy Muscles
Gingerol, the primary chemical constituent of ginger, is relative to capsaicin and piperine, the compounds responsible for giving chili peppers and black pepper their spiciness. Thus, ginger has a mild warming effect when applied to the skin, which can be soothing to sore muscles. Try adding a few drops of ginger essential oil to your favorite lotion or massage oil and apply after a strenuous work out.
Tummy Roll On
Check out my Tummy Roll On recipe found in my Travel Roll On blog post. This is a great blend for when you have overindulged, eaten unfamiliar foods, or just need a little help with occasional tummy gripes.
Courage and Empowerment
Ginger is a root and can help with grounding and activating the solar plexus chakra. The next time you feel out of sync or need a little confidence boost, try placing a drop of ginger in your palms and taking a few deep breaths with your hands cupped over your face. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of ginger to your wool dryer balls to add the aroma to your freshly-washed clothes.
Energizing Sugar Scrub
Try this sugar scrub to increase circulation and energize your body.
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
Combine ingredients and store in a mason jar.
Wake Up Your Coffee or Tea
Add a drop of ginger to your morning beverage of choice. The warm, spicy flavor will provide a bit of extra pick-me-up. Try my favorite Oola tea, specially formulated for essential oil infusion!
Essential Oils are so Versatile
This is only 10 ways to use ginger essential oil. Have more creative ways to use ginger? Comment below and share with the community! Check out more great ideas for using Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, and Cinnamon Bark.
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