Ginger is native to a host of different nations, including India, China, Africa and the West Indies. Potent and exotic, the very essence of ginger is captured in essential oil form through a process known as steam distillation.
Steam distillation uses a still (much like the kind you’d associate with the manufacture of moonshine) full of the organic material (ginger root). Then hot steam is forced over the material, releasing the essential oils for harvest. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but that's the essence of steam distillation in a nutshell.
While there is a great deal of legend and lore associated with ginger, in modern aromatherapy, it is prized for three primary reasons: a natural libido booster, a digestive aid and an effective nausea fighter.
Ginger to Lift a Lagging Libido
Ginger has been employed as a sexual stimulant for centuries, perhaps because the uses of ginger are so versatile. Ginger can be added to the diet, or ginger essential oil can offer many aromatherapy benefits. It can be consumed in teas and drinks and much, much more.
In various trials and studies, ginger has been shown to increase blood flow- an essential element to a boosted libido.
Ginger as a Digestive Aid
Even WebMD acknowledges that ginger’s digestive powers are more than mere folklore. There is a growing amount of scientific evidence that ginger can aid in both digestion and saliva production and flow.
There have also been a combination of lab and animal studies that suggest ginger can lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well. However, when taken in a dietary form, ginger can cause gas, heartburn, a slightly upset stomach and irritation of the mouth.
Because of these potential side effects, it’s a good idea to introduce ginger into your diet slowly and incrementally to avoid potential discomfort.
Ginger to Fight Nausea
Studies have systematically shown support that ginger can fight off nausea and vomiting- especially the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy and morning sickness. However, there is some concern in the medical community that ginger could lead to potential pregnancy risks, so any OBGYN should be consulted before adopting a do-it-yourself approach.
Add ginger essential oil to your Oasis Shower Diffuser to enjoy all the aromatherapy benefits ginger can provide when mixed with your shower steam.