GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL
Ginger oil is one of the most popular spices in the world, ginger has been prized for its medicinal and culinary benefits for thousands of years. The rich, spicy warmth of ginger essential oil works well in stir-frys and vegetable dishes, as well as sweet cakes and cookies. Ginger essential oil is used in Ayurvedic cookery to improve the digestion of a meal, and helps to alleviate gastrointestinal problems. Ginger oil is well known for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, particularly in pregnancy. In cookery, ginger essential oil particularly complements chocolate and citrus fruits, such as lemon, lime and orange. Ginger oil is also fantastic for adding zing to fruit juices and smoothies. Because of ginger essential oil’s versatility, it can be added to sweet and savory foods. For a savory taste, add Ginger oil to soups and stir-fry for an authentic Asian taste. For a sweet taste, add to chocolate sauces, biscuits and jams.
BOTANICAL NAME: Zingiber officinalis
Plant Part: Root
Origin: Sri Lanka
Processing Method: Steam Distillation. The ginger root is macerated and distilled over high heat, from which the oil is extracted.
Description / Color / Consistency: Ginger essential oil is a thin, pale yellow to yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: Ginger oil is a middle note with a medium aroma, Ginger Essential Oil has a warm, spicy, woody scent with a hint of lemon and pepper.
Product Abstract: Ginger essential oil is a perennial herb that grows to about 3 – 4 feet high (approximately 1 meter). It has a characteristic thick spreading tuberous rhizome. The ginger root is macerated and distilled over high heat, from which ginger essential oil is extracted.
- Ginger Essential Oil or Ginger Root Oil is derived from the root of the Zingiber officinale herb, better known as Ginger.
- Ginger Essential Oil has earned the nickname “The Oil of Empowerment” for the feeling of confidence that it is known to inspire.
- Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Essential Oil is stimulating and warming. It can enhance concentration and it can soothe and reduce feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.
- Used topically, Ginger Essential Oil soothes redness, eliminates bacteria, inhibits the signs of skin damage and aging, and restores color and radiance to a dull complexion.
- Used in hair, Ginger Essential Oil contributes to the health and cleanliness of the scalp, soothes dryness and itchiness, and enhances healthier hair growth by stimulating and improving circulation to the scalp.
- Used medicinally, Ginger Essential Oil facilitates the elimination of toxins, boosts digestion, eases discomforts of the stomach and bowel, enhances appetite, clears the respiratory tract, soothes aches, and reduces inflammation.
HISTORY OF GINGER OIL
Ginger Essential Oil or Ginger Root Oil is derived from the root of the Zingiber officinale herb, better known as Ginger, which is named after the Greek word “zingiberis” meaning “horn shaped.” This flowering perennial belongs to the plant family that includes Turmeric and Cardamom and is native to the south of China; however, its growth has spread to other parts of Asia, India, the Moluccas – also known as the Spice Islands, West Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.
For thousands of years, Ginger Root has been used in folk medicine for its ability to soothe inflammation, fevers, colds, respiratory discomforts, nausea, menstrual complaints, upset stomachs, arthritis, and rheumatism. It has also traditionally been used as an anti-microbial food preservative that prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, and it has been used as a spice for its flavoring and digestive properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger Oil has traditionally been believed to soothe emotional difficulties such as nervousness, sadness, low self-confidence, and a lack of enthusiasm.
The health benefits of Ginger Oil are the same as that of the herb from which it originates, with the oil even being considered to be more beneficial due to its higher Gingerol content, a constituent that is mostly reputable for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. With a warm, sweet, woody, and spicy scent that has an energizing effect, especially when used in aromatherapy, Ginger Oil has earned the nickname “The Oil of Empowerment” for the feeling of confidence that it is known to inspire.
BENEFITS OF GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL
The main chemical constituents of Ginger Oil are: Camphene, B-Phellandrene, α-Pinene, Geranial, Zingiberene, β-Bisabolene, β-Sesquiphellandrene, and Curcumene.
CAMPHENE is known to:
- Exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Be soothing
B-PHELLANDRENE is known to:
- Exhibit a pleasant odor that has been described as peppery, minty, and/or slightly citrusy
- Exhibit anti-septic, antiviral, bactericidal, and decongestant properties
PINENE is known to:
- Have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and expectorant properties
- Be a bronchodilator
GERANIAL is known to:
- Be a fragrance ingredient with a Rose-like scent
- Have insecticidal and anti-oxidant effects
ZINGIBERENE is known to:
- Be the fragrance ingredient responsible for the characteristic scent of Ginger
- Exhibit anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and antiseptic properties
Β-BISABOLENE is known to:
- Be a fragrance agent
- Exude a warm, woody, and fruity scent characteristic of “oriental” aromas
- Exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties
Β-SESQUIPHELLANDRENE is known to:
- Have anti-viral, carminative, and stomachic properties
CURCUMENE is known to:
- Have hypotensive and analgesic effects
- Exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Oil is known for its stimulating and warming effects, which can enhance concentration while soothing and reducing the feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.
Cautions: Dilute before use; May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
IMPORTANT: All products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner.