Ginger essential oil is extracted from the plant Zingiberaceae officinale of the Zingiberaceae family and is also known as Common or Jamaica Ginger.
This warming essential oil is often used for digestive problems, as well as nausea – be that morning sickness or travel upset. It is also of value when treating colds and flu and especially for catarrhal lung conditions and rheumatic pain. It can also be used on the skin to help clear bruises.
Ginger oil can vary in color from pale yellow to a darker amber color and the viscosity also ranges from medium to watery. It is a strong smelling oil – spicy, sharp, warm and with a hint of lemon and pepper, which smells of actual ginger.
Origin of Ginger
The plant is said to originate from India, China and Java, yet is also native to Africa and the West Indies. It was most likely brought to Europe between the 10th and 15th century as a condiment and spice.
Ginger is a perennial herb and grows to about 3 – 4 feet high with a thick spreading tuberous rhizome. Every year it shoots up a stalk with narrow spear-shaped leaves, as well as white or yellow flowers growing directly from the root.
It has been used as a medicine since very early times and is recorded in both Sanskrit and Chinese texts and is also mentioned in the literature of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Arabians.
Asian medicine uses dried ginger for stomach problems such as stomach-ache, diarrhea, and nausea. The Chinese also use it to boost the heart and to help with mucus and phlegm.
The name ginger is said to be derived from the Gingi district in India, where tea made from ginger is used for stomach upsets.
The oil is extracted by means of steam distillation from the unpeeled or dried, ground-up root (rhizome) of the plant, and can yield about 2 – 4 % oil.
The essential oil has various chemical constituents including the following: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, neral, geraniol, geranial, geranyl acetate, b-bisabolene and zingiberene.
Ginger oil is non-toxic and non-irritant (except when used in high concentrations) but could irritate sensitive skins and can also cause photosensitivity.
The therapeutic properties of Ginger oil are analgesic, anti-emetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic.
Ginger oil is used in the treatment of fractures, rheumatism, arthritis, bruising, carbuncles, nausea, hangovers, travel and sea sickness, colds and flu, catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sores on the skin, sore throat, diarrhea, colic, cramps, chills and fever.
Ginger oil is well suited to help ease colds and flu, nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, muscle aches and pains, as well as poor circulation and arthritic pain.
Its warming qualities are good to use for feelings of loneliness and winter depression, and its energizing properties make it a good aphrodisiac.
- Burners and vaporizers
- In vapor therapy, it can be used to help relieve catarrh, lethargy, nausea, colds, flu, feeling of loneliness and loss of libido.
- Blended oil or in the bath
- In blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, it can be used for arthritis, rheumatism, lethargy, nausea, colds and flu, muscle aches, poor circulation and digestive upsets.
- Blended in base cream
- As a part of a cream or lotion it can be used for arthritis, muscle aches, rheumatism, and also to help with poor circulation and to disperse bruises.
- Hot compress
- When used with hot compresses, ginger oil can be used for arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and digestive upsets.
- Drop on handkerchief
- For ease of use, when applying a drop of oil to a handkerchief for quick inhalation, it can be used for nausea, morning sickness, indigestion, colds and flu and travel sickness.
More information about Ginger Oil
Skin & Hair Care ~ helps to treat bruises & skin sores ~ helps to prevent dandruff
Body Care ~ aphrodisiac effect ~ helps release suppressed sexual energy & increases libido ~ for men ~ effective in helping to eliminate impotency & preventing premature ejaculation
Circulatory System ~ circulatory stimulant & tonic of the heart ~ recommended for poor circulation & for cold hands & feet
Digestive System ~ stimulating & warming ~ recommended for poor digestion, abdominal distension & flatulence ~ excellent to help relieve vomiting, colic, cramps, travel & morning sickness & hangovers
Immune System ~ helps to treat chills & fever
Musculoskeletal System ~ excellent for rheumatism, arthritis, muscular aches & pains of a cold contracting type & lower back pain associated with muscular fatigue, fractures, sprains & strains ~ anti-inflammatory (helps relieve inflammation) & analgesic (pain relieve properties)
Nervous System ~ stimulating ~ helps to relieve depression, mental stress, exhaustion, dizziness, restlessness, anxiety, lethargy, feelings of loneliness & winter depression ~ energizing properties ~ helps relieve headaches & migraines
Reproductive System ~ helps relieve irregular & painful menstruation
Respiratory System ~ recommended for respiratory infections, catarrhal conditions, congestion, flu, colds, sore throats, coughs, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, asthma & breathlessness
Emotional / Spiritual ~ provides the courage to break out of apprehension & allows spirituality to soar free & high ~ brings liberation & optimism ~ allows one to feel empathetic & pray from the heart ~ brings stimulation & protection ~ used to bring true love ~ helps with self-confidence & motivation into the physical realm
Blends Well With ~ Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Cananga, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frangipani, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Scented Tea Tree, Lemon Scented Eucalyptus, Lime, Mandarin, Myrtle, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Peppermint Scented Eucalyptus, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang
Safety: non-toxic, non-irritating & non-sensitising