Spicy Ginger

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The weather is starting to cool and my mouth waters at the thought of fall spices. Nutmeg, clove, ginger… ginger ale, ginger snaps, candied ginger, gingerbread. My mind is wandering. Back to ginger –  a wonderful remedy for things that ail you this time of year.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) produces a spicy essential oil that warms heart, soul and body. The heart is warmed by ginger’s qualities as an aphrodisiac. The soul benefits as the oil encourages inward realization and outward self-assurance. The body is heated up in the respiratory, digestive and muscular systems.

How ginger affects the body seems most important this time of year. We become susceptible to congestion, coughs, sore throats, indigestion, fever, flu, and chills. “The virtues of ginger oil are: 1) it warms up the lungs and helps expel mucous from the respiratory system, 2) it expels stagnant food from the digestive system, and 3) it strengthens vital organs such as the kidneys and the lungs and act as a tonic.”

If you seek relief from arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscular aches and pains, then ginger oil may be the answer. A recent study showed “the efficacy of ginger oil as an efficient therapeutic agent in acute and chronic inflammatory conditions.” Other research proved “massage therapy (with ginger oil) seems to have potential as an alternative method for short-term knee pain relief.” At Elemental Aromas we are very familiar with the benefits of ginger essential oil and have included it in Arthritis Ease, Aches Away, No More Colic for babies and No More Constipation for babies. We love the smell, too!

Speaking of the scent, we leave you with a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Diffuser Blend from Mountain Rose Herbs:
20 drops Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil
20 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil
20 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) essential oil
15 drops Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) essential oil
5 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) essential oil