Ginger (Dried) Essential Oil

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Ginger (Dried) Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Zingiber officinale
Plant Family: Zingiberaceae
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Plant Part: Dried Rhizome
Growth Method: Organic, Cultivated
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Pale Yellow
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Strong

Ginger is a perennial herb of the Zingiberaceae family and a popular spice and medicine in its native Southeast Asia. Its underground, horizontal stem, called rhizome, has nodules from which roots and vertical stems shoot out. The leafy stems of Ginger can grow up to a meter high, with elongated leaves measuring from 6 to 12 inches in length. Overlapping green bracts enclose the herb's single yellow-green and purple flower. Ginger contains approximately 2% essential oil, most of which is found just below the skin, in the underlying tissue.

Laxative, tonic, stomachic and aperitif, Ginger is a fine remedy for loss of appetite, flatulence and various indigestion. It reduces the nausea of motion sickness by its aromatics, carminative and internally detoxifying effects. In China, Ginger tea is a remedy for colds, coughs, flu, dysentery and diarrhea. Ginger is a phagocyte immunostimulant. Antiseptic as well as febrifuge, it makes an effective sore throat gargle.

Ginger essential oil is valued for its antibacterial property and often used to combat ulcers caused by helicobacter pylori. It is also anti-inflammatory and is an excellent treatment for osteoarthritis. It is recommended to use Ginger essential oil in combination with other essential oils since the oil by itself can be too resolute. Ginger oil is found to be especially bracing for the nerves, often recommended in cases of anxiety and nervous tension. It sharpens the senses and can relieve fatigue and mental exhaustion. The oil's warming and uplifting fragrance is considered helpful in cases of frigidity and impotence.

Essential oil from dried Ginger does not give off the pungent aroma that most people are familiar with from cooking with Ginger. Instead, it is subtler; it emits a fresh, clean scent slightly reminiscent of fresh Ginger.

The aroma of Ginger oil has a warming and stimulating effect that can strengthen emotions, increase determination and inspire action. It is also rich and arousing and is particularly useful in battling Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as the "winter blues".

  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Frankincense
  • Lime
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet Orange
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

Ginger essential oil is non-toxic and non-irritating though mildly phototoxic. Use of Ginger oil can cause sensitization in some people and should be used only in low concentrations.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.

Essential Oil Index: A B C D E F G H J L M N O P R S T V Y

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