Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?
I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.
We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.
As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.
Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.
And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take.
Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.
Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…
Ginger is claimed as a native plant in regions as diverse as India, China, Africa, and West Indies. Sanskrit and Chinese texts make reference to ginger oil, and the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Arabians are said to have used it for a wide range of ailments. Ginger oil, reputed to possess both aphrodisiac and curative properties, is produced through stream distillation of the plant’s root, which id dried with the skin on and ground before the distillation process begins.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Chills and Fever
- Digestive Issues
- Motion Sickness (I personally use ginger for this reason)
- Skin Sores
- Sore Throat
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer or diffuser
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a bath
- As a neat (undiluted) application on a handkerchief
- In a warm compress
- Bitter Orange
- Black Pepper
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION
AVOID EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT FOR 12 HOURS AFTER USE.
- Ginger oil is a photosensitizing oil, so don’t use it if you expect to be out in the sun within 12 hours of application, and never add ginger oil to a tanning or sunscreen blend.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled October 27, 2019