Ginger oil Health Benefits, Uses for Colds and Hair Loss & Best Products Compared

Author: Dr. Michael Tyler
Date: 01.10.2020
Reading time: 8:51 min

Ginger is an ancient global remedy herb and is one of the few plants that primarily produces its essential oils in its roots. The scent of ginger oil is typically aromatic, and its taste is sweet and sharp.

Name Ginger Oil
Lat. Name Zingiber officinale
Synonyms Zingiber officinalis, Zingiber officinale Roscoe
Origin India, Sri Lanka, Pacific Islands
Price per 10ml 13,99

Ginger oil has numerous beneficial effects on the mind. It is a strong stimulant and therefore helps against drowsiness and tiredness. It is also said to have a positive effect on depression. Ginger oil generally brightens the mood and is said to beneficially effect memory. This effect is currently being researched in several clinical studies.  

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For good reason, the ginger plant’s medicinal properties have been used for thousands of years. The healing properties of ginger are even responsible for the fact that the tuber is revered as a sacred plant in some cultures. Some of the healing properties of ginger oil are described in more detail below.

Ginger natural cancer killer

In modern medicine, ginger is considered to be a new means of hope in the fight against cancer. The chemical 6-shogaol, which is produced when ginger roots are dried, is said to actively fight tumour cells and strengthen healthy cells. Ginger is said to be particularly effective for breast cancer.

The exact mechanism of how ginger oil works against cancer cells has already been published in a studyAccording to another study, ginger oil is said to provide very good results not only in breast cancer, but also in skin cancer.

Ginger oil is said to fight skin cancer by preventing cancer cells from taking up oxygen and thereby preventing cells from breathing. The substance responsible for this is gingerol. This ingredient can only be found in ginger. Gingerol is not only effective against skin cancer cells, it is also very effective against liver cancer. It prevents metastases in liver cancer cells, as a study recently showed. This effect of inhibiting metastases have also been observed several times in testicular cancer studies.

Cold and Flu

Ginger oil causes sweating, breaks fevers and also has powerful antibacterial properties. These all make ginger oil the ideal application for colds or flu-like infections. The antibacterial effect of ginger oil directly fights bacteria which can cause serious further complications. With its antipyretic properties, ginger also combats the symptoms of a cold. Ginger also reduces the annoying ‘chills’ that can accompany the flu, because it is a stimulant and promotes sweating.

Nausea and Vomiting

Ginger oil is an excellent remedy for nausea. This effect is so pronounced that ginger oil is even used in conjunction with chemotherapy today. Nausea and excessive vomiting are accompanying symptoms of chemotherapy and one of the reasons why chemotherapy patients often lose weight. Ingredients in ginger oil stimulate the stomach to regulate the production of gastric juice in such a way that the pH of the gastric acid is balanced again. This will reduce nausea. More details can be found in the dissertation of Dr. Anja Riyazi, which was published in 2006 at the Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

This debilitating disease manifests itself with cramps and intestinal pain. Dr. Katharina Reims proved at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster that ginger oil can effectively counteract these intestinal cramps. It inhibits the production of certain neurotransmitters in peripheral intestinal muscles. Neurotransmitters are messenger substances between nerve cells. Due to the lack of certain neurotransmitters, the muscles around the intestine can no longer contract and thus no longer trigger intestinal cramps.

Pain

Ginger oil has unique anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredients. Its mechanism of action is similar to that of aspirin. It inhibits certain enzymes in the body that are responsible for pain sensation. Ginger oil is particularly effective for chronic pain, such as those caused by osteoarthritis, gout or rheumatism.

Menstrual cramps

Ginger oil has very strong antispasmodic (muscle relaxant) effects. The antispasmodic properties of ginger are very beneficial to women during monthly periods. The oil prevents strong cramps of the abdomen and thereby relieves the pain that occurs during menstruation.

Chronic bronchitis and severe cough

Owing to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger oil is very effective against chronic bronchitis and strong coughs. It soothes painful inflammation in the throat area, which also prevents coughing. Another positive effect of ginger oil is that it has a strong analgesic effect.

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Pregnancy

Ginger oil is very effective against nausea. It is especially effective combating morning sickness of pregnancy. More details about the use of ginger during pregnancy can be found in the study of Anna-Sophia Hölzl, which was published by the University of Vienna.

Pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism

Ginger is effective in rheumatism, and similar diseases in different ways: Its promotes blood flow to the joints affected by inflammation. This allows transport of nutrients to the damaged joints, while also removing the cause of the inflammation. Ginger oil also offers direct pain relief for the affected joints. The two combined effects make ginger oil the ideal means to provide relief to people affected.

Detox

Ginger oil has a strong diuretic (helps water leave via the kidneys) and antiseptic effect. It stimulates the kidneys to produce more urine and to remove more toxins into the urine.

External effects

Hair loss

Ginger oil was a famous home remedy for hair loss in ancient China. It cannot stimulate the body to increase hair growth, but it is very good at stopping existing hair loss. Since ginger oil strongly promotes blood flow, hair follicles are increasingly supplied with nutrients. This strengthens hair roots and reduces hair loss, possibly even stopping it entirely.

Pimples

With its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, ginger oil is very effective against certain skin conditions, such as acne. It removes aggressive bacteria from the affected areas which treats the cause of the outbreak. In addition, the anti-inflammatory ingredients in ginger work against the existing inflammation and help the body to heal itself.

 

Wrinkles and Skin Tightening

The ingredients of ginger oil are now used in many anti-ageing products. The affected areas of the skin are better supplied with nutrients because ginger oil boosts circulation. The high availability of nutrients stimulates the skin cells to increasingly divide. Therefore, skin cells that have already died can be replaced by new and fresh cells. The skin rejuvenates itself, so to speak.

Psoriasis

Ginger oil is also excellent for the annoying and unsightly psoriasis. Ginger oil is not able to cure existing psoriasis spots, but it is able to prevent the spots from spreading.

Foot Odour

Foot baths with ginger oil are excellent for natural feet odours. The oil kills the bacteria that produce this unpleasant smell. The odour is not caused by sweat - a common misconception - but rather by the decomposition of organic compounds in sweat by bacteria.

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Side Effects

Ginger oil is considered to have very few side effects. However, there are a few things to consider when using it: Since the oil increases blood pressure, people with high blood pressure should refrain from consuming ginger oil.  

Ginger also has a blood thinning effect. This property helps to prevent possible thrombosis - clotting. However, this effect can act to your disadvantage. For example, ginger oil should not be consumed before operations. The oil should also not come into contact with open wounds, as the effects of the oil that promote lood flow makes it difficult to stop the bleeding.

Ginger oil can be used during pregnancy, but this should only be in consultation with a doctor, as ginger oil is suspected of causing labour.

Application

If you want to use the oil as a fragrance oil, simply heat it up in a diffuser or a fragrance lamp. Baths with ginger oil as an additive have proven to be very therapeutic. Simply add a few drops of ginger oil to the bath water. However, be careful not to overdo it with the amount: ginger oil is extremely irritating to human skin. Should you therefore use the oil for external application, always do so in diluted form.

Simply add 5-6 drops of ginger oil to 10 ml of a suitable carrier oil, such as safflower oil. You can then apply the oil mixture to your skin. For internal use, you can add the ginger oil to any food or drink. This gives your food a uniquely spicy taste. You can also take the ginger oil pure with a little honey.

 

Manufacturing

Ginger oil is obtained using steam distillation. You need up to 25 kg of ginger roots for 1 liter of essential oil. But there is also an easier way, as shown in this video:  

 

Ingredients

The most important biologically active ingredients in ginger oil are:

  • Gingerol
  • Zingiberol
  • Phellandras
  • Citral
  • Borneol
  • Zingiberen
  • Camphene
  • Cineole

History

Ginger is one of the oldest of the spices and medicines known today. Ginger was used in traditional Chinese medicine around 2000 BC. It was effective against toothache and nausea when added to tea. Today ginger is one of the central medicinal plants in Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger came to Europe via the first Europeans to travel to the Far East in the Venetian era. King Henry VIII of England even recommended ginger as a treatment for the plague. 

Botany 

Ginger originates from China and parts of Korea. Most people only know ginger in the form of its rhizome. The above-ground part of the plant forms a single long style with long leaves. The plant reaches a height of up to 150 cm. Due to the long leaves and the single style, the plant has a reed-like appearance. The leaves of the ginger plant are not stalked and grow up to 30 cm long. The flowers of the ginger bush sit on a stalk up to 25 cm long and are mostly green in colour with a slightly yellow edge. The ginger forms so-called capsule fruits.  

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Cultivation

Today, ginger is mainly grown in the tropics and subtropics. The largest ginger producer in the world is India. However, the harvest in India is used almost exclusively for personal use. The largest ginger exporter is China. Ginger takes up to 8 months to be ready for harvest. However, after these eight months it can only be used as a food crop, since the young roots of ginger do not yet develop any essential oils. The ginger needs another 8-10 months to mature for oil production. Under favourable conditions, ginger can also be cultivated in Central Europe. However, it is not hardy and can therefore only be used as an ornamental plant in European latitudes.

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