Aromatherapy Essential Oils



Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential Oil

Zingiber officinale



Properties:
Ginger essential oil varies in colour from light yellow to a dark amber colour. Its viscosity also ranges from medium to watery. It has a strong smell likely spicy, sharp, warm and with a hint of lemon and pepper.

Origin:
It originated in India, China and Java.

Extraction Method:
Ginger oil is extracted using steam distillation.

Chemical composition:
A-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, neral, geraniol, geranial, geranyl acetate, b-bisabolene and zingiberene.

Therapeutic properties:
Analgesic, anti-emetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic.

Uses:

  1. fractures
  2. rheumatism
  3. arthritis
  4. bruising
  5. carbuncles
  6. nausea
  7. hangovers
  8. travel and sea sickness
  9. colds and flu
  10. catarrh
  11. congestion
  12. coughs
  13. sinusitis
  14. sores on the skin
  15. sore throat
  16. diarrhea
  17. colic
  18. cramps
  19. chills and fever

Precautions:

  • Ginger oil is non-toxic and non-irritant (except when used in high concentrations) but could irritate sensitive skins.
  • It can also cause photosensitivity.
  • Avoid using in sun.

Blends well with:

Bergamot, Neroli, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang, and other spice oils.