Some ingredients are worth their weight in gold or some other precious commodity. Among these, ginger is one. Today, you find it in supermarkets, but back in the 14th century, its value was high -- equal to a live sheep or some other livestock.
The high premium on ginger goes back even further, some 5000 years when the Indians and ancient Chinese used the spice for a range of ailments, according to In-Depth Info. On Ginger. At some point, ginger was exported from India to Ancient Rome, where it was used extensively. It nearly disappeared from use when Rome fell but regained its popularity as the Arabs took control of the East's spice trade. Eventually, it made its way to Europe and, like other spices, became costly.
Why all the fuss over ginger essential oil?
If you’re wondering why such a high value is placed on ginger essential oil obtained from the herb's root, you must consider all of their healthful benefits. First, the ginger essential oil is high in gingerol, the active ingredient of ginger with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The ginger essential oil also is composed of sesquiterpenes, which are strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents.
Benefits of Ginger Root Oil for mind and body
Reduction in inflammation: Organic Facts notes that ginger essential oil often is topically massaged on aching muscles to remove muscle strain. It is further believed that regular use of ginger leads to reducing prostaglandins, which are the compounds associated with pain. The site also says that research has now proven that ginger essential oil's anti-inflammatory properties can be attributed to the presence of zingibain. This substance is analgesic and reduces the pain caused by muscle aches, arthritis, rheumatic conditions, headaches, and migraines.
Lowers stress: Organic Facts also writes that Ginger essential oil helps relieve depression, mental stress, restlessness, and anxiety.
Preserve the skin: The antioxidants in ginger essential oil prevent damage from free radicals to preserve the skin’s youthful appearance. Ginger also improves the skin’s elasticity, and it has powerful skin antiseptic and cleansing qualities.
BIOTONE products with ginger essential oil
- Ginger EO Single Note: 100% Pure. Common Uses: Uplifting, astringent, bactericidal, muscle fatigue
- Energy Aromatherapy Massage Lotion Energy massage lotion is made with a 100% essential oil blend of mandarin, ginger, lemongrass, clove, cinnamon, and sweet orange. It contains jojoba, avocado, and olive oils, which are known for their skin-soothing benefits. Shea and mango butter gives a luxuriously silky feel and smooth finish. This lotion is excellent for all massage modalities. Extended glide with fewer reapplications. A light, natural aroma helps energize the body and sharpens the senses.
Herbal Select Body Massage Oil: Gel-textured feel without oily residue. Arnica, Hawaiian White Ginger, Bayberry, and Violet Leaf stimulate circulation, relieve soreness, soothe and calm. Great glide over dense body hair.