Derived from ginger, ginger oil is a great anti-inflammatory and pain reliever and can be used topically for patients with arthritis on the affected joints. It benefits right from the scalp to the toe, in shirt, the entire body mainly because of gingerol, which is the main ingredient in ginger oil. Dr Saurabh Shah, dermatologist, Bhatia Hospital Mumbai, says, “It is called the oil of empowerment because it has a lot of medicinal uses for the human body. You can use it as DIY masks for skin and hair too.”
Carlyne Remedios, group manager — clinical practices, nutrition and product development, Digestive Health Institute by Dr Muffi, says, “Ginger oil can also be used to relieve nausea and vomiting if added to herbal tea or water. In aromatherapy, ginger oil can be used to alleviate stress and anxiety.”The oil does wonders for the hair too. It contributes to making the scalp healthy and clean.Delnaaz T Chanduwadia, chief dietician, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, shares, “Treatment to most medicines conditions is in your kitchen. Ginger oil is one of the most potent as it has maximum amount of Gingerol.”
It is anti-inflammatory and analgesic hence used widely for patients suffering from pain - arthritis, migraines and also menstrual pains. Remedios, adds, “Also since it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it can help open up airways, which helps bronchitis. Animal studies have also shown protective properties to the liver, when administrated with ginger oil. Being high in antioxidants, it can also help suppress free radical damage, hence it is, cardio-protective. Animal studies conducted have shown to reduce tumour growth.”
Dr Saurabh Shah, dermatologist, Bhatia Hospital lists:
Ginger oil during monsoon
Ginger oil is especially useful during monsoon because it helps during fluctuating weather conditions. It can provide good relief for respiratory issues that are common during monsoon. Dr Saurabh adds, “It helps as a supplement for cough, cold, fever or flu symptoms, body aches etc.
A DIY ginger oil remedy during monsoons: In one glass of warm water, mix half spoon turmeric, 2 crushed black pepper, half tbsp spoon of ginger juice and half tbsp honey. Drink it in the morning and evening time. This helps boost immunity and deal with changing weather during monsoons.”The aroma, taste, and the tingle of ginger in our throat makes the day perfect drink with the perfect drink during the monsoon season. Shikha Mahajan, holistic nutritionist, Diet Podium, says, “But the magical benefits of ginger are always not highlighted. It has been recommended by ayurvedic experts that the usage of ginger helps in curing various health related problems along with preventing the human body from these unwanted diseases.”
Ginger is known as the magic root for monsoon season. Monsoon season brings relief from the summer heat, but the drastic climate change affects our health. Ginger helps to cure and prevent a lot of health issues. Dr Siddhant Bhargava, fitness and nutritional scientist, shares, “Ginger improves blood circulation. It helps to prevent fever, excessive sweating, and chills. It has antibacterial properties that help to treat flu, cough and cold. Flu weakens the digestive system; the consumption of ginger stimulates the appetite and digestion. Ginger boosts the immune system naturally.”
Remedios adds that ginger tea with honey can help beat sore throat during monsoons and can also help increase immunity. Upsets stomach or indigestion are also very common during the monsoons, sipping on herbal tea with ginger extract or water with a few drops of ginger oil can help ease nausea and bloating. Sinusitis and chest congestion are also very common during the monsoons which can be eased with ginger oil infusions.