Ginger has been used for thousands of years both in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine. The greatest benefits of ginger come from its anti-inflammatory properties due to several compounds. Here are 7 benefits of ginger oil.
In Chinese medicine, your body can be too hot or too cold, too dry or too damp and so what you typically want to do if somebody has candida or fungal issues or digestive issues, you typically want to lightly warm the body and you want to dry the body.
Well, ginger has both of those properties. So again, using ginger is great for digestion especially with people with SIBO, that’s small intestinal bacteria overgrowth, IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, all of those digestive conditions can benefit from using ginger oil on a daily basis.
Now the other benefit of ginger is just simply smelling it, you can also add it into a hot tea, just a single drop. Now, you don’t want to do too much essential oils that contain a lot of these volatile compounds. If you do too large amounts of them, they can actually start to tax the liver and even the digestive tract. But overall, in small amounts, an oil like ginger can be very healthy to do internally.
We know most diseases today are inflammatory in nature. Think about this, anything with an I-T-I-S at the end, in Latin means “inflammation.” So arthritis, that’s inflammation of your joints. Ulcerative colitis, colitis is inflammation of your colon. In fact, heart disease today isn’t caused by high cholesterol. Your body lays down cholesterol because you have inflammation, your arteries.
So ginger is great for fighting all of these conditions because of the compounds gingerols as well as zingiberene, the anti-inflammatory properties.
The longer you cook ginger in terms of the temperature, the more that starts to fade, zingiberene compound, and actually turns into a different compound. But that’s why doing actually raw ginger or things that are cold pressed like a cold press CO2 extract often times have that really strong ginger bite there at the end.
Ginger falls in the same family as two other herbs, turmeric and galangal and that entire family of herbs have really powerful anti-cancer properties.
In fact, ginger oil and zingiberene compound is part of the family called sesquiterpenes which are compounds found in essential oils that have massive anti-cancer properties.
They also tend to be very grounding. So if you ever fly anywhere and you tend to get jet lag, doing herbs that are grounding in nature that have that sesquiterpenes properties such as myrrh oil, a lot of sort of wood and tree oils like cedarwood, vetiver, those really earthy woody smelling oils are very grounding to the body as well and good especially if you’re traveling or flying.
A lot of people today aren’t actually absorbing the vitamins and minerals they are consuming. And so adding a little ginger oil and some probiotics, upping those in your diet, is going to help you better absorb vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B12. It’s also going to help you absorb more minerals like magnesium and iron. So again, you want to make sure, again ginger oil is great for malabsorption.
So if a woman is pregnant, they could do a little bit of oftentimes using something like a ginger oil, possibly mixed with oil like sometimes chamomile, sometimes peppermint, but things that really just kind of soothe the body.
And with pregnancy, I recommend, not internal use, but just simply smelling it, getting a diffuser and just simply smelling it can be really calming to the body there as well.
Now, in Chinese medicine, when you get a cold, have you ever thought about this, why is a cold called a “cold?” Well, cold is called cold because within Chinese medicine, when you get a cold or flu, your body tends to get cold that’s why you tend to sometimes get the chills or you get really hot as your body is cold internally.
Well, ginger’s a warming herb so it helps warm your body helping you overcome a cold. That’s why some of the most ancient remedies include ginger tea with cinnamon. So cinnamon is also a warming herb. Those warming herbs together help warm the body combating a cold that you can have. So again, ginger, one of my favorite natural immune boosters especially for the cold and flu.
The other incredible thing here is ginger oil, the compounds, have been shown to help balance out insulin levels. Now we know insulin levels is important for hormones, insulin is important for healthy energy levels. It’s also important for fighting diabetes and really supporting those insulin receptor sites on your pancreas.
And so again, another great benefit of using ginger oil every day is the insulin balancing, those blood sugar balancing benefits.