Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature
From Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty1:
- Helps to calm upset stomach and motion sickness
- Can calm symptoms associated with hangovers
- Reduces pain of sore throats and can help to dry up a runny nose
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy2:
- Analgesic, Antiseptic, Carminative, Expectorant, Laxative, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic
- Circulatory stimulant – recommended for poor circulation and cold extremities
- General warming and stimulating effect
- Boosts inner strength, motivation, and clarity
Ginger in Research
Like many spices that have been used culinarily and medicinally for thousands of years, investigations of modern science have found many medically relevant and exciting properties of ginger. Findings from some of these studies include anti-nausea3, anti-obesity4, kidney and liver protection5, anti-diabetic6, anti-tumor7, analgesic (pain-blocking)8, and anti-inflammatory properties.8
Summary of Research Studies
- In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with 576 cancer patients, ginger capsules taken daily over a 6-day period were found to significantly relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea.3
- Ginger extract given to mice fed a high-fat diet significantly reduced weight gain and researchers suggest that this "may be due in part to the inhibition of intestinal absorption of dietary fat".4
- Ginger extract was found to have a significant protective effect against kidney and liver damage in rats.5
- Supplementation with ginger juice "produced a significant increase in insulin levels and a decrease in fasting glucose levels in diabetic rats". These results suggest that ginger may be beneficial for patients with type I diabetes.6
- Topical application of ginger extract has a significant protective effect against skin tumor growth in mice.7
- A study in mice showed that ginger extract has a pain-blocking activity comparable to asprin, as well as significant anti-inflammatory effects.8
Non-toxic. Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Ginger can be sensitizing with repeated use. Avoid direct sunlight after use.
1 Wilson, Roberta. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty. Penguin, 2002.
2 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
3 Ryan, Julie L., et al. “Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Reduces Acute Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea: a URCC CCOP Study of 576 Patients.” Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 20, no. 7, July 2012, pp. 1479–1489., doi:10.1007/s00520-011-1236-3.
4 Han, Li-Kun, et al. “Antiobesity Actions of Zingiber Officinale Roscoe.” Yakugaku Zasshi : Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, vol. 125, no. 2, Feb. 2005, pp. 213–217., doi:10.1248/yakushi.125.213.
5 Mohammad, Sarbaz I., et al. “Ameliorative Effect of the Aqueous Extract of Zingiber Officinale on the Cadmium-Induced Liver and Kidney Injury in Females Rats.” Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences, vol. 6, no. 3, 2013, pp. 231–234., doi:10.12816/0001539.
6 Akhani, Sanjay P., et al. "Anti‐diabetic activity of Zingiber officinale in streptozotocin‐induced type I diabetic rats." Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology vol. 56, no. 1, 2004, pp. 101-105.
7 Katiyar, Santosh K., et al. "Inhibition of tumor promotion in SENCAR mouse skin by ethanol extract of Zingiber officinale rhizome." Cancer Research, vol. 56, no. 5 1996, pp. 1023-1030.
8 Raji, Y, et al. “Anti-Flammatory and Analgesic Properties of the Rhizome Extract of Zingiber Officinale.” African Journal of Biomedical Research, vol. 5, 2002, pp. 121–124., doi:10.4314/ajbr.v5i3.53999.