Ginger Essential Oil
Latin name: Zingiber officinalis
Synonyms: Common ginger
Plant family: Zingerberaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the unpeeled, dried root/rhizome
Origin: Southern Asia and the Tropics
Plant characteristics: A perennial herb 1m high with a thick, spreading, pungent root, from where the oil is distilled. It bears white or yellow flowers on a spike direct from the root.
Oil characteristics: A pale amber liquid with a warm, slightly green, woody, spicy aroma.
Traditional use: Used for centuries for digestive disorders including toothache. Also used for rheumatism, mucus excess, diarrhoea and malaria.
Properties: Ginger is analgesic, anti-catarrhal, digestive and expectorant. It is used for angina, indigestion, rheumatism, toothache, flatulence and constipation. It is also useful for fatigue, impotence and insomnia.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Patchouli, Rosewood, Coriander and Neroli.
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications. Ginger essential oil is not hot as the hot part of the root is the hairs, which do not distil.
Main chemical constituents: Terpenes 20%, sesquiterpenes 55%
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.