Ginger Root Oil

About Ginger Root Oil

Zingiber officinale, better known as Ginger, is a flowering plant whose roots are widely used as a spice or in alternative medicine. Ginger is indigenous to south China, but over the centuries, this herbaceous perennial has spread across many tropical areas of the globe. Today, it can be found in China, Jamaica, parts of the USA, and India, which is the number one producer of ginger.

The rhizome is an underground stem that produces the roots and shoots of the Ginger plant. It has a long history as a culinary delight; often found in various food preparations including soups and other savory dishes, Asian cuisines, as well as sweet dishes such as biscuits and ginger beer. As a multi-purpose alternative medicine, ginger has long been used to ease nausea and vomiting.

 

How It Works

Although research on the benefits of Ginger Root for the skin is still relatively new, it has found many positive uses for this ingredient in skin care products. For starters, the rhizome of the Ginger Root is very high in antioxidants and also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which allow it to help treat a variety of skin related issues.

When ginger is applied to the skin, it has shown the ability to reduce edema, a specific type of inflammation that can adversely affect the skin. It has proven beneficial in treating inflammation related to acne, reducing its appearance and decreasing the likelihood of scarring. There is also evidence to suggest that when applied to a cut or scrape, ginger can speed wound healing and collagen production, thereby helping to repair the skin’s structure.

With warming properties, ginger root is able to promote circulation when applied to the skin and scalp, helping soothe sore muscles and preventing hair loss.

 

Common Concerns

Whether it is consumed orally or applied topically, ginger is considered safe to use for most people. However, in rare circumstances, allergic reactions can occur. There has been some concern about using ginger while pregnant (it is often used to fight morning sickness) because there have been a few reports linking it to an effect on fetal sex hormones in miscarriage during the first 12 weeks, but most studies still suggest the herb is safe to consume. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.

 

Quick Facts

Binomial Name: Zingiber Officinale
Common Name: Ginger Root Oil
Source: Rhizome of the Ginger plant
EWG Score: 1

 

Proven and Possible Benefits

Cosmetic

Hair loss Acne

Medicinal

Burns Pain Cuts and scrapes Inflammation

 

 

 

Information contained in this website is intended for educational purposes only and is in no way intended for diagnosis. The Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada have not evaluated this information. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For health problems, please refer to a qualified health practitioner.

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