Are you having digestive problems? Are you alcoholic? Does your liver need some attention? Are you suffering from cramps due to menstruation? Perhaps you are going through all of these conditions and even suffering more from the costs of all the different medicines that, according to your doctor, are essential to help you recover.
Well, good thing nature has provided us with ample supply of alternative medicine, and for this article we’ll be focusing on GINGER! Yes, ginger has been around for years even before the birth of the first Homo sapiens (that’s us, humans)! Aside from being a ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisines, ginger has many medicinal properties.
For thousands of years, many different cultures have benefited from ginger as a treatment for digestive problems. In history, ginger has been the “ wonder medicine” for nausea, loss of appetite, pain, cramps, motion sickness and more.
Ginger, also known as Zingiber officinale, is said to have originated from Ireland. Steam distillation is the method of extracting its medicinal properties from the rhizomes. Such extraction method is said to have originated from China. Although its origin is still debatable, its healing properties are more important than where it came from.
Ginger is used as: Antiseptic, stimulant, laxative and mild anesthetic.
Its antiseptic properties can help in cleaning the wounds to avoid infection. As a stimulant, it is widely used as a booster to “ enhance” performance— an aphrodisiac or to strengthen the heart or liver. Its laxative benefits help in relieving digestive problems such as indigestion and vomiting. As an anesthetic, ginger is used in treating toothache.
In Ancient times, the Greeks and the Egyptians used ginger in their food recipes as a way to protect their people from the plagues. The Romans combined it with wines as aphrodisiacs. The Chinese, on the other hand, made teas and tonics out of ginger to improve the functionality of the heart and to ease the pain caused by head congestion. The Hawaiians cooked with ginger to avoid or to give remedy for indigestion. Lastly, the Filipinos administered ginger on bite wounds from dogs as an antiseptic.
The Benefits of Ginger Oil:
1. Alleviates digestive disorders.
Have you been to a feast or treat and found yourself suffering from indigestion? Were you forced to take a break from work because of Loose Bowel Movement (LBM)? The next time you find yourself in these situations, try using ginger essential oil.
Ginger is effective in many digestive “ sickness” . If you are suffering from indigestion, diarrhea, colic, spasms and stomach aches, simply apply a few drops of essential oil on and around the stomach area.
2.Enhances sexual performance (aphrodisiac).
Does your partner complain about your lack of sexual passion? Are suffering from erectile problems? If you want to make love in a fiery manner, apply a few drops of essential oil to acupressure points on the feet- that will help stimulate your sexual organ. Ginger your way to love!
Ginger gives a warming effect to the body; therefore, it increases sexual desire. It also helps in increasing the blood flow and energy which is beneficial most especially for those who have issues with erection.
3.Relieves muscle and menstrual pain.
Is it the first day of monthly period and you can’t take your menstrual cramps anymore? Does your headache because of the chaotic energies floating around at work? Here is ginger essential oil to ease your pain away!
Ginger has a pain-relieving property called zingibain. It alleviates back pains, headaches, soreness and menstrual cramps. It can be consumed or applied on your skin. For consumption: drink 1 to 2 drops of essential oil daily. For topical use: mix it with coconut oil or lotion and apply on the painful area.
4.Boosts liver function.
Are you worried for your liver because you are alcoholic? Are you a health-conscious person? In any case, here is ginger essential oil for you for some liver-love and care! To use, add a few drops of essential oil (maximum limit of 2 drops) to a glass of drinking water every day. The oil can also be applied topically on the liver area. Ginger essential oil has the properties of both antioxidant and hepatoprotective . A study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says that ginger oil is effective as a treatment for alcoholic fatty liver disease.
5.It is good for the heart.
Are you afraid of having a fatty heart and that you might end up taking up expensive medicines just to maintain the pumping of your heart? Ginger essential oil has medicinal properties that will help you maintain a healthy heart—or even further enhance its functioning.
Ginger essential oil decreases the risk of diabetes and heart diseases because it helps improve lipid metabolism, which is a process responsible for reducing cholesterol. According to a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger aids in reducing cholesterol and helps prevent blood from clotting.
Here’s a guide on how to make homemade ginger ale. This can treat chronic ailments:
- 1 ½ cups fresh ginger (chopped)
- 2 cups water ¼ – ⅓ cup honey (raw)
- 1 quart chilled seltzer (if not available, use club soda)
- 3 tablespoon lime juice (fresh)
How to make the syrup:
- In a small saucepan, pour in water and the chopped ginger. Cook at a low simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the heat
- Put a cover over the mixture and let it cool down for twenty minutes.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer while pressing the ginger. Discard the ginger after.
- Add honey.
- Pour the liquid back into the saucepan. Add sugar and pinch of salt and then heat over medium heat until honey is dissolved.
- Pour the syrup in a covered jar and chill until cold.
How to make the drink:
- Mix the ginger syrup, seltzer and fresh lime juice. You can start with ¼cup syrup and 1 ½ tsp lime juice per ¾ seltzer. Add more according to taste.
Ginger essential oil is the best way to use ginger as medicine. This form of ginger contains the highest levels of gingerol and this is why it’s considered as the most potent form of ginger. You can either drink it to treat medical conditions or rub it on your skin by mixing it with carrier oils like grapeseed oil or avocado oil. One or two drops of ginger essential oil will suffice.
- Caution:Do not apply ginger essential oil in your private areas. Before you apply the oil on your skin, it’s best if you test a small sample on your hand first. You can use coconut oil to dilute the ginger essential oil. If you’re drinking it and you wish to dilute the taste, you can add almond milk or any other type of milk. Drinking it raw can be quite “ hot” .