Ginger is one of the most highly valued spices in the world, renowned not only for the spicy flavor it gives to food–including holiday gingerbread!–but for its healing properties. The ancient Greeks used it to counteract the effects of poison, and traditional Chinese medicine recommends it for a vast array of ailments from respiratory issues to toothache. Today, healers rely on ginger to combat digestive and joint complaints, ease mood swings, and help to boost the libido.
Find out how ginger can help you to have happier holidays, here:
To re-energize body and soul
This simple technique eases mood swings, helps shake off a tendency to procrastinate, and alleviates general feelings of disconnection:
Place 2-3 drops of pure essential oil of ginger in a diffuser, or place on a cotton ball and inhale 2 to 3 times.
For joint complaints, muscle pain, and backache
Use 2-3 drops of pure essential oil of ginger into 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected area. Or use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress on affected area.
For sinus problems, sore throat, or as a decongestant
Use 2-3 drops of essential oil of ginger as a steam inhalation.
To revitalize the libido:
Use 2-3 drops essential oil of ginger in 1 ounce of carrier oil and use as a massage, or diffuse 2-3 drops into the air.
Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by PJ Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by PJ Pierson and Mary Shipley. Reprinted by permission of Vital Health Publishing.
Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by PJ Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004).