Although ginger is an indispensable component of worldwide cuisine, it is most noted for its ability to ease indigestion. Ginger’s sweet fragrance accompanies a multitude of other therapeutic benefits. Has been used for nausea due to morning sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy, and general anesthesia. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties help some varieties of migraine headaches and arthritis. Some use to help with high cholesterol. Also used as an expectorant, stomach ache, chest pain, and back pain. And for the common cold and to lessen the effects of viral flu on onset. Apply to help rheumatism. Some find relief of sore throats and coughs. DōTerra Ginger is of the botanical family Zingiberaceae, grown in Sri Lanka and made from the fresh root of this plant. Mix 3-5 drops with water or juice, then drink (2-3) times per day to aid motion sickness or nausea. Ginger can be applied topically for nausea or stomach issues. Apply to the stomach, lower back, and behind the ears. Apply to the feet of children or use with a carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil). Apply topically for chest, back pain, cold, or flu symptoms. Diffusing, cup and inhale, or a tissue cup lessen nausea or motion sickness. Apply directly to originating areas of migraine or headache immediately upon onset. Gargle or drink 1-2 drops in water or juice for sore throat.
The Benefits Revealed In Modern Medicine
I am always impressed by the courage exhibited during my discussions with patients and their families in the pre-operation holding area. The intensely anxious mood created when explaining the risks of anesthesia are almost totally dissipated when I change the subject to aromatherapy. Introducing and integrating a technique using Ginger essential oil to ease occasional discomfort allows for a calm and satisfied patient and family experience.
The Power of Ginger
In my career as an anesthesiologist, I have emphasized the use of ginger due to a specific need of my specialty: easing post-operative nausea. I conducted a statistical analysis on 100 of my anesthetized patients evaluated to be at high risk for nausea to prove to myself that the aroma of ginger helps to ease the side-effects of anesthesia. The results were so remarkable that they were published in the Journal of Aromatherapy in 2005.
Surgical patients are asked to refrain from eating and drinking fluids for many hours prior to the induction of anesthesia, often leaving them with head tension or nausea. Ginger has been traditionally utilized for nausea, but more recently has been shown to ease muscle tension in the head and neck. In my practice, patients have experienced a relief after applying a drop of Ginger essential oil to their palm and inhaling the aroma.
Almost everybody has a story about a food product that contains ginger. Ginger ale, for example, is often used as a remedy for nausea. Recently, my 83-year-old patient asked for a ginger snap to go with the drop of Ginger oil I placed in her palm.
In 2012, research on the same subject was conducted by a university medical center. Their results echoed my own and verified that a blend of ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom oils can help ease nausea in the recovery room. The author’s conclusion states, “Aromatherapy is a promising, inexpensive, non-invasive treatment that can be administered and controlled by patients as needed.” 1
The Uses of Essential Oils in Medicine
There is an abundance of literature on the clinical applications of essential oils. Human studies using essential oils for various medical issues provide evidence-based clinical trials for the use of essential oils in managing various symptoms and conditions. I find the articles on www.aromaticscience.com to be an important part of the medical aromatherapy presentations that I share with nurses, doctors, patients, and family members.
I am elated as I am introduced to the ever-growing wellness line of products offered by dōTERRA. The dōTERRA mission statement resonates within me in: “Bringing together health-care professionals of traditional and alternative medicine to encourage further study and application of therapeutic-grade essential oils in modern health-care practices.” Just as I have found value and validation in using the essential oils as a physician, you too can find value in using and sharing them in your own element with your families. It is encouraging to read the impressive aromatic science literature and work with dōTERRA in advancing wellness research for mankind.
Article Written By: Dr. James Tad Geiger, MD, Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Dr. Geiger is a board certified anesthesiologist practicing acute care anesthesia. He provides medical aromatherapy presentations and consultations on the safe and effective uses of essential oils in hospitals and surgical centers.
Dr. Geiger is the author of The Sweet Smell of Success: Your Doctor’s Natural Guide to a Longer, Healthier Life.
1) Anesth Analg. 2012 Mar 5. Aromatherapy as Treatment for Postoperativ Nausea: A Randomized Trial. Hunt R., Dienemann J., Norton HJ., Hartley W., Hudgens A., Stern T., Divine G.From.
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