Essential Oil of the month – Ginger

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Winter is a cold contractive time, but with the use of essential oils, we can bring light & balance into the long dark season.

One of the delightful aromas around Christmas time is freshly baked gingerbread cookies. The warming scent, stimulates the taste buds, similar to that of ginger oil.

Ginger has been used since ancient times in Asia, and during the Middle Ages, travelled to the west along the spice route.

Ginger is very warming, spicy oil, with a hint of lemon and pepper. It is used for many circulation conditions; especially arthritis, muscular aches, pains and sprains. It is also helpful for digestive disorders such as; flatulence, stomach cramps and indigestion. Ginger is very effective with feelings of nausea, motion sickness and hangovers, as it seems to settle the stomach.

Try grating fresh root ginger into hot water, with a squeeze of honey. This is excellent in promoting secretion of gastric juices, relieving bloating and reflux discomfort.

Ginger is especially helpful with excess moisture conditions such as; catarrh, flu and colds. Two drops of ginger oil can be used in a gargle for sore throats and swollen glands. A warm compress placed around the throat, helps clear mucus, catarrh, reduce fever and calm a shivery body. It’s antiseptic qualities make it a perfect oil to burn, to kill germs.

Ginger warms the emotions, sharpens the senses and aids the memory. It stimulates the mind, yet is very grounding oil. An Aromatherapy  Massage is one of the most effective ways of using essential oils, easing muscular aches and tension, with the added bonus of inducing relaxation!

Mairead x

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