What You Need to Know
When choosing ginger oil, you should look carefully at the label for the claims and ingredients. Be sure that there are no added compounds to the supplement oil that you are allergic to. Also, be sure that any claims that are on the label have research to support them.
A sign of a trusted supplement is third-party testing to ensure purity, potency and accuracyoof what is listed in the label. Also, a product that is GC/MS tested, which charts the components of a product, can ensure purity of the essential oil product you’re buying.
The health benefits of ginger oil appear to come from the compounds in the oil known as gingerols. However, ginger oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds come in many forms such as extracts, tinctures, and teas. Ginger oil can also be diffused as a spicy scent to mist in the air that may help relieve nausea.
Ginger oil can be applied to the skin, however, if used as a topical agent, be sure to add a carrier oil to dilute the ginger oil before using. You only need a small amount of ginger oil to reap its benefits. Therefore, just a few drops of ginger oil mixed with a teaspoon of carrier oil like avocado, coconut, jojoba, or almond oil can create a topical ginger oil. In fact, experts suggest no more than a 3-5% solution of essential oil to carrier oil, thus no more than three to five drops in a teaspoon for adults.
Research shows that ginger oil can provide several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. These benefits include joint pain relief, pain relief of the back and pelvic areas, as well as reducing muscle spasms. Other benefits of ginger oil include anti-nausea and vomiting for people who are pregnant, on chemotherapy, after surgery, or just not feeling well.
Other health benefits of ginger oil include hair growth. Although more studies need to confirm this benefit, a 2017 research study found that an oil blend of different essential oils including ginger oil might promote hair growth and enhance overall hair health when applied topically.
Ginger oil is generally recognized as safe by the FDA. However, read below for those people who should not consume or use ginger oil due to potential side effects.
Because of the limited study of health effects of ginger oil on pregnant women, it’s best to talk with your doctor before using ginger oil. Also, those who are breastfeeding as well as children should not use ginger.
Also, those who have a blood clotting disorder, or who have diabetes or a heart condition should talk with their doctor before starting to take any ginger supplement as combining ginger oil with medicines. For people with those conditions, ginger may lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and may reduce effectiveness of blood clotting medicines. Therefore, in people taking such drugs, ginger may cause decreased blood clotting, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels that may be harmful in some cases.
Other side effects of ginger may include heartburn, diarrhea, heavier menstrual periods, indigestion, or skin irritation (if applied to the skin). Those with sensitive skin should be cautious when using ginger oil topically.
If you experience any of the above symptoms from using ginger oil, stop immediately and seek medical attention right away.
Anything else a shopper should know to decide
Before deciding which ginger oil product to buy, make sure it’s a trusted brand and be sure that you are not taking any other herbal supplements that could interact with it. You can talk to the pharmacist at your local drugstore to discuss potential harmful interactions.