16 Uses & Benefits for Ginger Essential Oil (+ Application Tips)

Earthy, woodsy, and warmly aromatic, the spice ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a long history of use dating back 5000 years. Ginger essential oil is the most potent form of ginger because it’s concentrated and contains the highest levels of gingerol, an abundant phytochemical (plant chemical). Read on to discover 16 benefits of ginger essential oil, as well as several ways to use it!

Historical Use of Ginger

Ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family of plants, which includes cardamom and turmericGinger is one of the oldest medicinal herbs and highly revered. The medicinal benefits of ginger have been described in ancient Greek texts and ancient Chinese writings. Ginger Root

Chinese and Indian doctors considered ginger to be a healing gift from the Divine, and writings from the Koran describe ginger as being from the holiest of heavenly spirits. Immense wealth was garnered by those who grew and traded ginger and, for those in the spice trade, enormous power and wealth was theirs to command.

Ginger has been used by many cultures as a systemic tonic to balance hormones, enhance energy, improve digestion, and aid circulation. Ginger was even used as an aphrodisiac. Women in Senegal were known to use ginger to increase the sexual potency of their partners.

In modern times, many an expectant mother has been advised to make a cup of ginger tea to help offset nausea associated with early pregnancy. And many people utilize ginger to reduce motion sickness.

16 Research-Backed Uses for Ginger Essential Oil

There are many potential ways to benefit from ginger essential oil uses. Here are 16 of our favorites:

#1. Antiseptic & Antibacterial

Ginger has a long tradition of being used as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial. 2008 research found ginger to be a potent inhibitor of several strains of bacteria including Coliform bacillus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Streptococcus viridans [1].

#2. Can Assist with Healing from Certain Types of Cancer

Research has produced many discoveries about ginger uses in relation to cancer. Below are just some of the research findings:

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#3. Improves Cardiovascular Health  

In 2000, the Journal of Nutrition reported that ginger extracts given to mice improved their cardiovascular health. After consuming ginger for 10 weeks, the mice had a 44% reduction in atherosclerotic lesions, 27% reduction in triglycerides, and 29% reduction in cholesterol.

In addition, the mice also had a significant reduction in LDLs, or low-density lipoprotein, considered the “bad” form of cholesterol, which is associated with increased risk of heart disease [10]. Research also found that ginger had anti-platelet properties, and was an effective COX-1 inhibitor, stating that ginger worked better than aspirin against inflammation and platelet aggregation [11].

#4. Aids in Detoxification 

Ginger is known to be warming to the body and helps the body to detoxify by promoting healthy sweating. Sweat contains natural germ-fighting agents that provide protection against microbial organisms.

#5. Helpful for Diabetes

Dozens of studies indicate that ginger essential oil can be helpful for people with type 2 diabetes.

Most noteworthy, one study showed that citral (one of the phytochemicals in ginger) reduced blood lipids and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance [12]. The Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine reported that patients given powdered ginger daily improved in eight different ways, including reduction in serum glucose levels, insulin levels, insulin resistance, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress markers [13].

#6. Protects Against Diarrhea

One study found that zingerone (one of the phytochemicals in ginger) significantly blocks the action of Escherichia coli diarrhea (E. coli), the leading cause of death in infants in developing countries.

Zingerone works by collecting the toxins so they are unable to affect the digestive tract [14]. More recently, researchers found that extracts from ginger and curcumin were effective against giardia, a common parasite, which causes diarrhea in humans and animals. They noted that ginger worked better than curcumin in this respect [15].

#7. Digestive Aidwoman with upset stomach

A study appearing in Digestive Diseases and Sciences investigated the role of ginger in the digestive tract. Researchers found that ginger helped relieve spasms in the digestive tract, and also had direct effects on the parasympathetic nervous system, which could explain why it assists with “hyperactive states of gut like colic and diarrhea [16].”

Furthermore, ginger essential oil inhibited the formation of gastric ulcers in rats by 85%. After oral administration of ginger essential oil, there was an increase of antioxidant enzymes and a reduction in erosion, hemorrhage, and necrosis of the stomach wall [17].

#8. Used for Fungal Infections

Among other essential oils tested, ginger had anti-fungal properties against fluconazole-resistant Candida albicans, a strain of fungi resistant to common anti-fungal drugs and responsible for hard-to-eradicate yeast infections [18].

#9. Reduces Inflammation

Many studies exist attesting to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties. In the early 1970s, it was discovered that ginger had inhibitory effects on prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandins are biochemicals involved in the inflammatory process. A 2014 study found that among seven plants studied, ginger presented the highest anti-inflammatory activity [8]. 

Another study investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger essential oil on rats with rheumatoid arthritis. The study found that ginger oil prevented chronic joint inflammation in the rats.

Researchers also investigated the purported phytoestrogenic properties of ginger essential oil. They found that it had no in vivo effect on the classical estrogen target organs, such as uterus or bone [19].

#10. Liver Protective

Ginger has been shown to reduce inflammatory responses in the liver, protect against oxidative stress, and down-regulate enzymes associated with the biosynthesis of lipids [20].

A study on rats being fed a high-fat diet found ginger improved lipid profiles, reduced blood levels of glucose, insulin, and leptin, and had other liver-protective actions [21].

#11. Eases Nausea

For centuries, ginger was known to be calming to the digestive tract, greatly reducing nausea and vomiting. Ginger is considered especially useful for morning sickness, and effectively relieves the severity of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy without significant side effects [22].

A study investigating the usefulness of ginger in chemotherapy-induced and post-operative nausea found it to be beneficial [23]. Additionally, nausea and vomiting “decreased considerably” in the first six hours after inhalation of ginger essential oil [24].
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#12. Neuroprotective

Researchers have concluded, “that the sesquiterpene ZGB [zingiberene] can be used as a novel and natural potential therapeutic in counteracting oxidative damages in the field of neurodegenerative disorders [25].”

Researchers have also stated that gingerol exhibited “therapeutic potential” for the management of Alzheimer’s disease [26].

#13. Soothes Osteoarthritis

Zingerone has had multiple protective benefits in reducing the cartilage degradation associated with osteoarthritis [27].

A study on patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee found that ginger relieved their joint pain and improved the quality of life for participants [28].

#14. Pain Reliever

Ginger essential oil not only has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but also antinociceptive benefits [29]. Antinociception is considered by some pain specialists to be the best form of pain relief because it blocks the detection of pain by nerves.

#15. Assists with Respiratory Relief

Researchers evaluated certain ginger extracts on human bronchial epithelial cells and found that Ar-curcumene and a-Pinene (both phytochemicals found in ginger) exhibited strong anti-inflammatory effects.
Researchers stated these plant chemicals could be used as anti-inflammatory drugs in respiratory infections [30].

#16. Eases Seasickness

A small trial reported in 1988 found ginger to be helpful for vomiting, cold sweats, nausea, and vertigo for 80 naval cadets unaccustomed to sailing in heavy seas [31].

Tips for Using Ginger Essential Oil

Precautions & Tips for Using Essential Oils

When used in combination with other treatments, essential oils can be beneficial in assisting the body’s healing processes.

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