Weekly Whiff episode 2 is Ginger. Ginger has to be one of my new favorites. Ginger is not only is an effective essential oil but an amazing herb.
Ginger is found in my home in 4 different forms, dried, fresh, infused in honey, and as an essential oil. As I said, its a new favorite because its so effective!
Ginger Zingiber officinale is most commonly harvested in Madagascar, China, and India. The root is steam distilled to make the essential oil. Ginger is very warming to the body and the emotions. If you have ever had Ginger tea then you know what I'm talking about. As a tea it makes you feel warm and cozy- perfect for when you are feeling cold. It can help get your body moving and help stimulate your energy.
Ginger can be warming to the skin so its best to use in lower dilutions if using topically. It is also a strong aroma so use caution when blending so its not too overpowering.
Some of the amazing therapeutic properties of Ginger are:
Analegesic- Its pain relieving making it great for headaches and muscle aches and pains
Antiemetic- It is great to use topically and via inhalation to relieve nausea and vomiting
Carminative- supports digestion and gas
Diaphoretic- promotes sweating to help the skin get rid of waste
Expectorant- Helps get rid of nasty wet coughs
Rubefacient- Increases blood flow, especially good for pain and swelling
Warming/Drying- Can help with issues such as internal moisture such as diarrhea or excessive mucus or people who tend to normally be wet or oily
Ways to use Ginger
Use fresh or dried Ginger to make a warming tea on cold winter mornings or nights. I also love this recipe when I'm feeling a bit nauseous from over eating too many sweets.
Boil water and add 1-2 Tablespoons of Ginger to a Tea Ball and steep for 5-10 mins. Add honey if you'd like for taste. It can have a bit of a kick but its yummy!
Headache Inhaler Blend
Ginger is so great for increasing blood flow, therefore helping relieve pain. I like to add Ginger to my blends when it comes to helping relieve headaches.
1 blank inhaler
5 drops of Ginger
4 drops of Frankincense
3 drops of Peppermint (not safe for children under the age of 6)
3 drops of Lavender
Add your essential oils to a small glass or ceramic dish. Place your cotton wick from the inhaler into the oils. With tweezers, place the wick back into the inhaler and replace the cap.
Use this inhaler at the start of a headache (or nausea) and relief should follow after a few minutes. I keep this blend with me in my purse and use it often!
For those who suffer from major injury or chronic pain such as arthritis this is a great blend. I made a similar blend when I had Shingles this past Spring.
4 drops of Ginger
3 drops of Black Pepper
5 drops of Lavender
3 drops of German Chamomile
3 drops of Patchouli (not for pregnant or nursing women)
Once oils are blended add to 1 ounce of lotion or carrier oil. This would be a 3% dilution which is safe for adults to use daily for acute issues such as injury. For chronic/long term issues add to 1.5 ounces of lotion for a 2% dilution which is safe for daily use.
I hope you all learned something new about Ginger- a truly amazing addition to your essential oil collection and spice cabinet!
As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!