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The good oil on… Ginger

Essential oils can play a part in helping the lymphatic system in a number of ways to support it in its detoxing and microbe-fighting mission. Depending on the oils used, they can detoxify, boost blood circulation and improve lymphatic flow.

Let’s look at ginger…

Ginger essential oil is derived from the ginger root, a powerful spice that contains more than a hundred chemicals that support and enhance overall well-being. Used for centuries, it is prized in Chinese medicine where it is regarded as a warming herb with particular benefits for the lymph nodes, spleen, heart and digestive organs.

Gingerol is the most active of the compounds found in ginger and is responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has a similar structure to capsaicin, the active ingredient of chilli peppers and capsicum, and a known pain reliever.  Gingerol is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and is known to be effective in breaking down and reducing the build-up of toxins in the lymph nodes that would otherwise lead to swelling. It can also help reduce the pain associated with already inflamed nodes due to its action on particular forms of pain receptors – vanilloid (capsaicin) receptors – to minimize discomfort.

Apart from breaking down the toxins and reducing pain, ginger essential oil also possesses ant-bacterial properties that help the immune system to fight bacterial diseases and fungal infections.

Remember that the correct use of essential oils requires significant knowledge and skill, so please always consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before mixing or using your own blends.