There are times when the following conditions can run out of control like flame. Find out what many people are turning to help. Arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections/congestion, muscular aches/pains and nausea. Some of us have experienced some or even all of these issues. I just found some research that shows how Ginger Essential Oil may help with all those issues!
Triple “A” Activities of Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil is steam distilled from the root of the plant, which originated in South Asia and now grows in subtropical climates throughout the world. In traditional folk use, ginger has been valued for easing stomach complaints. In the book Chemistry of Spices, the editors write that “β-sesquiphellandrene and ar-curcumene are regarded as partly responsible for the characteristic ginger flavor” of the spice.1
A 2013 study2 from the Amala Cancer Research Centre in Kerala, India, analyzed the chemical composition of ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil.
The main constituents as detected by GC-MS analysis were α-zingberene (31 percent), ar-curcumene (15.4 percent), and α-sesquiphellandrene (14.02 percent).
The first “A” that ginger essential oil achieved was for its antioxidant power. The researchers stated that it “scavenged superoxide, DPPH (an organic chemical compound composed of free radical molecules3), hydroxyl radicals and inhibited tissue lipid peroxidation in vitro.”4
Not only was ginger oil a great free radical scavenger, but oral administration for one month “significantly increased the antioxidants superoxide dismutase, glutathione and glutathione reductase enzymes level in [the] blood of mice.”5 The ginger oil also increased the antioxidant enzymes of glutathione-S-transferase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase in mice liver.
The second “A” stands for the power of ginger essential oil as an anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic inflammation was induced by carrageenan, dextran and formalin. The study states that ginger oil “produced significant reduction in acute inflammation.”6
The third “A” is for ginger essential oil’s antinociceptive action. Nociception is the medical term for the sensation of pain. While one cringes to think that pain was induced in laboratory mice with acetic acid, it is a relief to know that administration of ginger essential oil was antinociceptive. The study stated that the ginger oil “exhibited significant reduction in acetic acid induced writhing movements.”7
The researchers’ conclusion was positive. “The present report revealed that ginger oil possesses antioxidant activity as well as significant anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive property.”8
Editors V. A. Parthasarathy, Bhageerathy Chempakam, T. John Zachariah, Chemistry of Spices, Cabi, 2008:80.
Jeena K, Liju VB, Kuttan R, Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activities of essential oil from ginger. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013 Jan-Mar;57(1):51-62.
Jenna, op cited.