Aroma:Smells much like powdered Ginger; warm, spicy. This is a steam distilled oil from the dried Ginger root, and more pungent smelling than the organic version. Fiery and peppery, so use in moderation.
Latin Name:Zingiber officinalis
Country of Origin:India
Cultivation Method:Conventionally Grown
Extraction Method:Steam Distilled
Aromatherapy Properties:Stimulating, warming, aphrodisiac and tonic. Helps to soothe the stomach.
Suggested Use:Apply a few drops to a tissue and inhale; or add to a diffuser.
When using Ginger in skincare, please keep in mind that this is a hot and spicy oil - great for warming the tissue and many healing applications - but also prone to causing irritation when used in high concentrations.
Adding a Ginger-type blend to a warm bath brings welcome stimulation to sore, stiff and overworked muscles. In order to prevent the oils from floating on the surface, blend the Essential Oil with some Half & Half, honey, vinegar or Aromaland's Coconut Emulsifier before adding it to the water.
Ginger Essential Oil is great to replace powdered ginger in the kitchen. For example, try making your own 'gingerbread honey' or syrup, and adding it to tea or desserts. This is not only delicious but helps to soothe the stomach as well. The following is a wonderful recipe for such a honey, great also for a homemade gift.
To 2oz. of maple syrup or honey, add:
- 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil
- 1 drop Cardamom Essential Oil
- 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 3 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
- 8 drops of certified organic Orange or Mandarin Orange Essential Oil
For an easy version, blend one drop of Ginger Oil with a teaspoon of honey and enjoy with a steaming hot cup of tea; great for an upset stomach or to fight the onset of a cold or flu.
History:The vigorously growing plant mostly spreads via its energetic, tuberous roots. The plant is presenting a large and highly unusual flower at the time of bloom.
Specific Safety Information:No known toxicity. However, due to its intensity use only in moderation, skin irritation possible at high concentration. GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) approved by the FDA as food flavor. Slightly phototoxic (avoid sunlight after applying to skin).