The Health Benefits of Galangal Oil
Galangal oil is oil extracted from the roots of the galangal plant by steam distillation,
Known for its ginger like aroma and bitter taste. No wonder it is also called “false ginger oil” which is also yellow in colour. Galangal oil has numerous health benefits, in fact, research have shown that this volatile oil helps to cure cancer especially lung and breast cancer, as it is found that it kills cancer cells.
The therapeutic properties of galangal oil are analgesic, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, aphrodisiac, balsamic, carminative, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, restorative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic substance, it is a rich source of iron, vitamin A and vitamin C also contains anti oxidants which are useful in removing toxins in the body. Medically used for treating cholera, congestion, and digestion and skin problems.
A member of the ginger family and belongs to the genus Alpinia galangal herb is found mainly in South-East Asia.The name “galangal” is derived from the Chinese word for “ginger,” and it is native to Thailand, India and southern China. It is a common ingredient in Thai soups and curries.
Galangal oil has been used to treat rheumatism, respiratory problems especially in children, and acts as a sexual stimulant. It is an excellent choice for the digestive system; it treats nausea, flatulence, colic, and motion sickness, promotes blood circulation and helps with stiffness in the muscles and joints. It can also be used to treat or cure fevers, colds, cough, sore throat, and liver complaints.
Galangal oil is used to flavor French liqueurs and in some tobaccos and is found in many kitchens all over the world because it is used in many dishes, especially in China and India. Galangal possesses tonic and antibacterial qualities and can be used to heal minor cuts and wounds.
Galangal oil can be found in any health food store worldwide and must not be used by pregnant women without doctors’ permission.