Ginger Zingiber

Zingiber officinale

Ginger essential oil is extracted from the plant Zingiberaceae officinale of the
Zingiberaceae family and is also known as Common or Jamaica Ginger.

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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 root. It has narrow spear-shaped leaves and white or yellow
flowers growing directly from the root. The oil is distilled from the unpeeled
dried ground root. The aroma of Ginger Essential Oil can vary widely, depending
on the distillation and quality of the root being distilled.

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. The name ginger is said to be derived from the
Gingi district in India, where tea made from ginger is used for stomach upsets.

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APPEARANCE    Light Yellow to orange brown colored liquid 
ODOUR    Warm, spicy, earthy and woody aroma
SPECIFIC GRAVITY @20°C    0.870 - 0.882
REFRACTIVE INDEX @20°C  1.480 - 1.494

Some of the main components of Ginger Zingiber officinale oil include:


Ginger essential oil is renowned as a warm and fortifying aromatherapy oil that is ideal for soothing the mind and counteracting fatigue. It 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 has warming, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for muscular tension and pain. Ginger essential oil has a stimulating effect on the digestive system and can be useful for poor digestion and flatulence. It is also useful for treating nausea and vomiting, including travel sickness, and morning sickness.

Asian Medicine:
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.

Topically, Ginger Essential Oil can be useful in blends and formulations intended to help improve circulation and relieve symptons of arthritis, muscle aches and pains. When used topically at low dilutions Ginger Oil can help to
ease nausea and motion sickness.

Massage Oil:
Used in therapeutic massage oils for the joints and muscles. It is particularly useful when the muscles are cold and contracted.

Ginger Oil blends well with other spice oils and citrus oils. It is popular for winter aromatherapy treatments, helping to prevent chills, stimulate the circulation and warm the extremities. As well as being considered an aphrodisiac it is energizing and uplifting and can relieve nausea. Often used in aromatherapy blends for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Blends well with:
Orange, Clove and Lavender, bergamot, frankincense, neroli, rose, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.