Root, Steam Distilled, Indonesia
Ginger is a warming spice with medium odor intensity. It is one of the oldest and most renowned spices used in cooking and medicine. It is used for congestion, colds, coughs, bronchitis, throat infections and fever. Ginger can also help with excess fluids, headaches and arthritis. Ginger can help with nausea and upset stomach, along with diarrhea. Use the spice or fresh ginger root for loss of appetite, gas, abdominal cramps, painful digestion and as a laxative. Ginger can be a possible skin irritant to sensitive skin, and therefore appropriate dilution should be observed.
Our organic Ginger essential oil is warm, spicy, and pungent with a hint of sweetness and is excellent for digestive ailments and motion sickness. Ginger is a well-known spice used extensively in food preparation, traditional and herbal medicine, as well as in aromatherapy and perfumery. For personal care, cosmetic and skincare formulas, this milder distilled (essential) oil of Ginger is recommended, rather than the more pungent and very concentrated CO2-extracted Ginger oils.1
Zingiber officinale is native to the tropical coastal locales of India and is cultivated in most tropical and subtropical regions, including Jamaica, southwest India, Indochina, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), West Africa, south China, south Japan, and Central America, with smaller crops grown in Madagascar, Zanzibar, Indonesia, northwest Australia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and other areas of the West Indies.2 It is considered one of the oldest and most important spices, according to Ernest Guenther, who cites Hoffmann when he states that it was “known to, and highly esteemed by, the ancient Greeks and Romans who obtained the spice from Arabian traders via the Red Sea.”3
Ginger is used for digestive issues, like indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea; as a sexual tonic for impotence; and, as an expectorant for chronic bronchitis.4 It is employed as a circulatory stimulant to address cold hands and feet, cardiac fatigue, and angina pectoris,5 while also being beneficial for muscle pain, joint pain, colds, flu, prevention of morning sickness in pregnancy, motion sickness, and post-operative or chemotherapy-induced nausea.6,7 In 2007, a study was published by BioMedCentral.com where it was reported that, “[g]inger root (Zingiber officinale radix Roscoe) and its main poly-phenolic constituents (gingerols and zerumbone) have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic activity,” and that, “[t]he use of dietary agents such as ginger may have potential in the treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer.”8
Aromatic Profile: Warm, spicy, pungent, with a hint of sweetness.
Appearance: Light yellow, mobile, clear, transparent liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, Natural Perfumery.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved. Should be used very sparingly due to its intense aroma strength.
Blends Well With: Caraway, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Bergamot and other citrus oils, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Labdanum, Myrtle, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Verbena, Vetiver. We also recommend blending the different types of Ginger oils we carry to create a unique, complex Ginger accord.
Safety Considerations: Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
1 Bowles, E. Joy. The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, 3rd ed., 2003, pp. 168-9.
2 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 276.
3 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. V, 1952, pp. 106-7.
4 Price, Shirley and Len Price. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd ed., 1995, p. 350.
5 Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, 1998, p.78.
6 Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy – An A-Z, 1988, p. 134.
7 Foster, Steven and Rebecca L. Johnson. Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine, 2008, pp. 180-1.
8 Rhode, Jennifer, Sarah Fogoros, Heather Wahl, et al. “Ginger inhibits cell growth and modulates angiogenic factors in ovarian cancer cells,” www.biomedcentral.com, BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 7:44, 10.1186/1472-6882-7-44, published 20 December 2007.
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