If you’ve ever eaten any dishes containing ginger, you will know how warm the spice is and therefore you’ll not be surprised to learn that essential oil of ginger has warming properties also. (Do not take the ginger essential oil internally, it is much more powerful than the root or powder that is used in cooking.)
The fragrance of this oil tells you that you’re going to feel cosy and well when you use it. Here are some uses for ginger essential oil.
Joints pain. The heat of ginger essential oil soothes the aches and pains of the joints. Use 5-10 drops in a warm bath or you can use as a massage oil on the affected area: simply blend 3-5 drops with 10mls of carrier oil.
For arthritic hands or feet, use a basic light cream to make your own ginger hand cream. You could add some lavender essential oil too for an extra pleasant hand or foot treatment.
Period pain. Use a blend of 3-5 drops in a carrier oil and massage into the abdomen.
Muscle pain. A blend of ginger and marjoram is ideal for sports aches and pains.
Colds and coughs. 3-5 drops of ginger oil in an oil burner helps to clear the airways and move mucus. Use 5-10 drops in a warm bath to ease away the chills and aches that accompany a cold.
Digestion. Used as a massage oil or in the bath, ginger can aid digestion and help with constipation.
Skin. Ginger as a face wash or toner can add a radiant glow to the skin. Some say that it can help reduce cellulite.