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Get to Know Your Oils: GINGER

When you cut a slice of fresh ginger, you are met with its beautiful golden yellow color and are immediately enveloped by its warm, spicy aroma.

Fresh ginger is known as one of the herbs (or rhizomes, in this case) of longevity, as it is so beneficial to your health. Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent, helping to deal with muscle and joint pain. Because of its warming quality, it is particularly helpful with varying forms of arthritis.

The bioactive compounds in ginger have been shown to combat cellular inflammation, making it an excellent culinary choice for people struggling with auto-immune disorders, degenerative brain issues and many types of cancer. Some of the ways ginger has been shown to assist in nurturing healthy cells are as follows:

  • growth-inhibiting and death-inducing effects on cancer cells
  • ability to reduce inflammatory markers
  • preventing active cancer cells from building resistance to cancer treatments

Ginger has antibacterial properties, making it very supportive to your immune system; it can greatly reduce the risk of infection. I have also seen studies regarding ginger powder that show great promise in its ability to lower LDL cholesterol, resting blood glucose levels and, in general, risk of heart disease.

The other main way we can benefit from ginger, is using it in times of stomach upset and nausea. Ginger has an affinity towards digestion, helping you to breakdown and absorb your food, helping to ease an upset stomach and helping to eliminate nausea and its associated head and abdominal pain. In fact, ginger has a long history of use with preventing cases of motion sickness.

The Essential Oil

To extract its essential oil, ginger (Zingiber officinale) is put through a process of steam distillation. The result is a warm, spicy, sweet and somewhat lemony aromatic oil with spectacular therapeutic benefits:

CHEMISTRY

  • Sesquiterpene-rich (about 50%);
    predominantly a-zingeberene & a-curcumene
  • Monoterpene-rich (about 25%);
    predominantly camphene & B-phellandrene

PHYSICAL

  • Analgesic (pain-killer)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiemetic (prevents nausea)
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative (aids digestion)
  • Expectorant (pulls out mucous from the chest)
  • Immunostimulant
  • Warming

EMOTIONAL

  • Warming
  • Encouraging
  • Promotes stability
  • Promotes balance

MENTAL

  • Stimulates willpower
  • Restores motivation
  • Combats burnout

SPIRITUAL

Ginger resonates best with the lower chakras:

  • Root Chakra – grounding, supportive, assists with survival
  • Sacral Chakra – cultivates nurturing relationships and creativity
  • Solar Plexus Chakra – clarifies personal identity and restores personal power

Experience Ginger for Yourself

Here at BE Light, we love ginger so much, we decided to include it in two of our products. Be sure to check them out!

Highlighting ginger’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties:

Highlighting ginger’s antiemetic and carminative properties:

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