Ginger oil — so magical with its many uses, yet so unknown to the world. Unlike coconut oil and olive oil which has gotten so much popularity over the years, people often overlook ginger oil to use in various situations. However, as it has many uses and not only limited to cooking and traditional remedy, it would be worth your time to check it out.
Originated from the plant Zingiber officinale, also commonly known as ginger, it is distilled to get the utmost benefits. It is commonly used in Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent, which enhances proper digestion of food in the intestines. Ginger oil is also used as aromatherapy as it freshens up the room. In addition, it is also commonly used as a cosmetic and a substance for medicine. If you are intrigued by the essentials of ginger oil, make sure to pay attention to what is going to be explained below.
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How To Make Ginger Oil
It is better to obtain ginger oil by purchasing it from the local stores or online retailers. Prices will vary depending on the quality; the purer and undiluted the ginger oil is, the more expensive it gets. Oil making experts will tell you that making ginger oil by yourself requires patience and a lot of free time, hence it is better to avoid it altogether. However, if you really insist on making it by yourself, there are two methods of doing it; it depends on whatever resources you have at hand, and how much oil you want to extract from the ginger(s). The process is actually not that complicated — it just takes a lot of time.
The first method to make ginger oil is combining two cups of grated ginger and around three cups of olive oil. Pour them into a crockpot and heat on low for forty-eight hours. After heating it, train the oil through cheesecloth or a very tight strainer and collect the oil. Place the strained oil in an airtight jar or bottle and wait for the oil to settle in for twenty-four hours until the substances are separated. When it does, remove the oil on top by pouring it off, and the oil is ready to use.
The second method to make ginger oil is much simpler and takes less time than the first one, though it does not produce as much oil as the former method. Prepare one cup of fresh ginger roots and one and a half cups of olive oil. Rinse the ginger roots, including the skins, and let them dry off — this might take two or three hours. Once dry, shred the ginger by using a cheese grater, and then add them to bowl. Pour in the olive oil, then heat the mixture in the bowl in the oven at around 150°F for about two hours.
Once the heating is done, pour the oil through cheesecloth or a tight strainer (just like the first method) into another bowl to get rid of the chunks of grated ginger. After you are certain that the chunks are gone, place the oil in a funnel, a bottle, or a jar, and keep it somewhere cool. The oil will stay fresh for approximately six months.
How To Use Ginger Oil
After making (or purchasing) your ginger oil, a new question emerges: how to use ginger oil? As an oil extracted from a kind of spice, ginger oil has a lot of uses, especially for aromatherapy and traditional medicine. However, using ginger oil is not limited to the two domains. Just like other types of oil, such as coconut oil, it can also be used in cuisines.
There are several notable ways to use ginger oil:
If you want to use ginger oil as aromatherapy, there are three ways to apply it: using a diffuser, create a steam inhalator, and making it into a spray. If you opt to use a diffuser, make sure to follow the instructions written in your diffuser, and do not forget to dilute the oil in water. If you choose to inhale the steam, place water in a bowl and heat it until steaming, add a few drops of ginger oil to the steaming water, preferably one or two drops at most. Then, drape a piece of cloth or a towel over your head, then, place your head close to the steaming bowl, and you can inhale deeply. The last way is to make it into a spray. First, add ginger oil to water, ten to fifteen drops per ounce of water. Add a dispersing agent like soluble which helps in distributing the oil in water, though this step is optional. Finally, make sure to shake the bottle before spraying the perfume.
2. Topical Application
Before being applied to the skin, ginger oil should be diluted in carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. An oil solution’s ratio should not exceed three to five percent, so to make a three-percent oil solution, add twenty drops of ginger oil per ounce of carrier oils.
3. Flavoring Agent
Ginger oil is not only used as a medicine-related purpose, but also as a spicy kick for your food. Use ginger oil on Asian dishes like dumplings and soups, pour a bit of fish, make it into a dipping sauce, and mix it up with raw vegetables, salads, as well as stews for better flavors.
Benefits of Ginger Oil
You should know the benefits of ginger oil if you are about to use it. Since it is used as aromatherapy and cosmetics, there are plenty of rewards for applying ginger oil in your daily life. Ginger oil is useful for alleviating the symptoms of nausea, motion sickness, headaches, and digestive issues. it relieves respiratory issues — soothing a cough, helping to unclog a mucus-filled nose, and lubricating irritations in your respiratory tracts.
Ginger oil also promotes the optimal functioning of the inner organs, such as the digestive system, blood-pumping organs, as well as the liver. It also reduces cramps, helps with fatigue, anxiety, depression boosts libido and immune system and gets rid of toxic substances that unknowingly enter your body.