Ginger has long been used in traditional medicine. The part of the plant that’s used for these purposes is called the rhizome. While it may look like a root, the rhizome is actually an underground stem off of which roots branch.
Ginger is a member of the same plant family that includes tumeric and cardamom. It can be found throughout the world especially in Asia and Africa. The scientific name of the plant is Zingiber officinale.
Ginger oil uses
Ginger oil is extracted from the ginger rhizome after a distillation process. Like other essential oils, it’s very concentrated.
Ginger oil has a distinct aroma that can be described as strong, warm, or spicy. As such, it’s often used for aromatherapy. Ginger oil can also be used in a variety of applications in the skin and hair.
Ginger and ginger oil have also been used to help ease the following conditions:
Ginger oil benefits
Some of the potential benefits of ginger essential oil are anecdotal. This means that they’re based off of personal reports or testimony as opposed to scientific studies.
However, there has been ongoing research into the possible health benefits of ginger oil.