21 November 2008

This Ginger Essential Oil is called a 'total' extract, as the CO2 method used yields a greater number of aromatic compounds from Ginger than other ways of distillation. This pale yellow liquid from the plant's root has a fresh woody-spicy aroma with a rich middle to bass note. The scent of Ginger oil is gently stimulating, bringing physical energy and courage.

Ginger has a long history of healing for it's warming, digestion stimulating properties.

Botanical Name
Zingiber officinale

Origin
India, China and Java

Color
Varies in colour from light yellow to a dark amber colour

Consistency/Viscosity
Its viscosity ranges from medium to watery

Perfumery Note
Middle/Base

Aroma
Strong smell likely spicy, sharp, warm and with a hint of lemon and pepper

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong

Extraction Method
The oil is extracted using steam distillation

Constituents and 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 for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • For respiratory difficulties. Ginger oil can be used as part of a chest rub blend, in a bath, or in hot tea
  • In Ayurvedic cooking, it is added to dishes to enhance a meal's digestability
  • Ginger oil is traditionally used to alleviate motion sickness, and can be used as a general digestive tonic for upset stomachs
  • In the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, is is specifically indicated for flatulent intestinal colic
  • Also noted as a carminative, stimulant, rubefacient, aperative, stomachic, antiseptic, general tonic, febrifuge and analgesic
  • Ginger essential oil has also been indicated for improvement of circulation in the joints and muscles, possibly helping arthritis, rheumatism and general aches and pains
  • Ginger is also noted as a sexual tonic. Women in Senegal weave ginger root in the belts of their mates to increase sexual potency
Precaution
  • Ginger oil is non-toxic and non-irritant (except when used in high concentrations) but could irritate sensitive skins
  • It can also cause photosensitivity. Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Can be sensitizing with repeated use. Avoid direct sunlight after use
Blend With
Bergamot, Neroli, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang, Eucalyptus Radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Myrtle, and Rosemary

Recipe

For stomach upset :
add a few drops of Ginger oil to warm water and drink slowly. Rub on temples and stomach for motion sickness. Also may be used in a diffuser to bring energy to a room.

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