Ginger

Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea. This oil is much more versatile than you may imagine, and I can't wait to dive into it today! Ginger essential oil can be applied topically or inhaled to help reduce feelings of nausea. During a long car ride, diffuse or place a drop of ginger in the palm of your hand and inhale. I love adding 2 drops of Ginger to my Good Girl Moonshine! 

The warm, earthy nature of Ginger essential oil makes it useful for massage. When you want a stimulating or warming massage, dilute Ginger oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut oil and apply topically. Due to its chemical makeup, Ginger oil is known as a soothing essential oil. Essential oils like Ylang Ylang and Myrrh oil share similar chemical components with Ginger oil, and are also known for their soothing properties.

Like these all-too-short autumn days, this diffuser blend is rooted in earth rhythms (Sandalwood, Ginger) and full of bright, uplifting bright sunshine (Elevation, Ginger).

Autumn Elevation diffuser blend:

  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Ginger
  • 2 drops Elevation

For centuries, ginger has been an integral ingredient in many recipes, particularly for Asian dishes. When you want to add the sweet, spicy flavor of ginger to a meal, you can simply use Ginger essential oil in the place of whole ginger in your favorite recipes. For an exotic meal featuring Ginger oil, try this recipe for Steamed Shellfish in Aromatic Asian Broth, which combines the powerful flavors of Ginger, Lime, Black Pepper, and Coriander oil.

Ginger oil is also very useful for baked goods like ginger snaps, banana bread, pies, and more. If you are looking for a Ginger essential oil recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth, take a look at our recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pies. This is the perfect recipe for the holidays, and uses the warm, spicy flavors of Clove, Ginger, and Cassia oil to put a twist on a traditional dessert.

Get to the store and gather the ingredients for these skewers immediately--you'll be glad you did. Lemon and Ginger essential oils give just the right something to push this already marvelous recipe to star status. These Shrimp and Mango Skewers (and we don't say this lightly) are sure to become a tried and true favorite.

Health Highlights:

  • Shrimp: Low in calories and high in protein, shrimp can give us important nutrients like vitamin B, and even antioxidants. The antioxidants found in shrimp can help combat free radicals reduce inflammation. When you are looking for a source of protein that contains a small amount of fat and an impressive amount of nutrients, shrimp should be your go-to.
  • Coconut Milk: Often used as a substitute for cow’s milk, coconut milk not only tastes delicious, but it includes key vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and E, as well as iron and calcium. While coconuts tend to contain a lot of fat, they include fatty acids like lauric acid, which may help to protect the body from harmful viruses or infections when consumed.
  • Mangoes: As a wholesome fruit, mangoes are a smart addition to any recipe. With plenty of fiber, folic acid, and vitamin A, eating a mango can provide several health benefits. The amounts of vitamin A in mangoes can help support healthy growth in your bones, while the fiber in mangoes are helpful for promoting proper digestion. Whether you enjoy a plain mango for breakfast, or add some fresh mango to a recipe like our shrimp skewers, this fruit can provide you with important nutrients you need for the day.

Ginger Shrimp & Mango Skewers with Paleo Crema

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves: 2-6 For the Shrimp

Marinade:

  • 1 pound shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined with tails cut off
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 full lemon's worth of zest
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 drop Ginger essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 heaping tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the Skewers:

  • 2 mangoes
  • Wooden skewers, soaked for at least an hour before grilling so they don't burn

For the Crema:

  • Half a tin of full-fat coconut milk (if you have coconut cream that works great too!)
  • All of the juice from the zested lemon
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 heaping tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro

For garnish:

  • 3 heaping tablespoons of fresh, chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Start with the shrimp. Put all ingredients for Shrimp marinade into a gallon-sized plastic bag and shake mixture until evenly coated. Leave shrimp to marinate for 1-24 hours.
  2. Begin marinating skewers at least one hour in advance of grilling.
  3. The crema can be made hours in advance or right before grilling. Put all of the crema ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. Before you are ready to begin grilling, cut mangoes into chunks and thread the skewers, alternating shrimp and mango.
  5. On a hot grill, cook the skewers for 2-3 minutes per side, leaving the skewer alone until you flip it so you can get those gorgeous grill marks. The most common way to to ruin shrimp is to overcook it. Watch it carefully.
  6. Put skewers on a serving platter, drizzle with loads of crema and cilantro, and watch the oohs and ahhs turn into mmmms of delight as they are devoured.

Note: Add greens and slivered almonds or cashews to this recipe to create a lovely salad!

Share with me how you are using your Ginger Essential Oil!