Also known as “false ginger” is an essential oil known as Galangal Root Oil. This essential oil is extracted from rhizome of a plant belonging to a species known as “Alpinia galangal” in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is extracted from a rhizome using the process of “steam distillation”. In terms of aroma, this oil is extremely similar to “camphor” and is light yellow in colour. This oil is extremely popular in India, Middle East, and is mainly used for its medicinal properties.
A. Chemical constituents of Galangal Root Oil:
This oil is basically extracted from the rhizome of a plant known as “Galangal” belonging to the “Alpinia galangal” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil mainly comprises of an organic compound known as “galangin” i.e. a flavonol.
B. The uses and benefits of Galangal Root Oil:
There are a number of benefits that an individual can experience by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil when used is capable of enabling the maintenance of a good digestive system by stimulating a normal peristaltic movement in the intestines.
This oil possesses a curative property that when used helps in resolving issues related to gas formation i.e. flatulence within the intestines, and thereby serve as a carminative.
This oil also possesses “antiviral” properties, and thereby when used helps in inhibiting growth of viruses in the body. It is extremely useful in treating viral infections such as bronchitis.
This oil also serves as a “decongestant” when used, by enabling the clearing of the lungs.
It also serves by promoting the “stimulation” of the human body by providing energy, and thereby helps in resolving issues such as fatigue.
C. The adverse effects of the Galangal Root Oil:
This oil when used can cause few adverse or unwanted effects for an individual. These effects are as follows;
- The use of this oil directly on skin can cause severe damage, and hence it must be diluted before use.
- The usage of this oil could also severely affect pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.