Ginger Essential Oil
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- Latin Name:
- Zingiber officinale
- Naturally Grown
About the Oil: The scent of Ginger oil is gently stimulating, bringing physical energy and courage. We have two Ginger essential oils: one a deep, rich CO2 extract which is said to be better for the musculoskeletal system, and the other a bright, fresh steam distillation which is said to be better for the digestive system. The scent of Ginger oil is gently stimulating, bringing physical energy and courage.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Ginger root is a tropical perennial herb that grows up to four feet tall with reed-like stems, narrow, spear-shaped leaves, and yellow flowers with purple markings. It is native to southern Asia, and has become a popular cultivar in the tropical regions of Nigeria, the West Indies, India, China, Jamaica and Japan.
ABOUT THE OIL
We offer two Ginger essential oils: one is a CO2 extract thought to be better for the musculoskeletal system, and the other is steam distilled and thought to be better for the digestive system.
The CO2 Ginger essential oil is called a 'total' extract, because the CO2 method used yields a greater number of aromatic compounds from Ginger than other methods of distillation. The pale yellow liquid from the plant's root has a fresh woody-spicy aroma with a rich middle to bass note.
The steam distilled Ginger essential oil is said to have 100 identifiable constituents. This includes of gingerol, the active ingredient of ginger root that makes it ideal for digestive support.
Ginger was one of the first commodities to travel the spice route from Asia to Europe and take up a notable residence on the shelves of ancient Greek and Roman physicians.
It has a long history of healing for its warming, digestion stimulating properties. Ginger oil has been used for centuries to alleviate motion sickness and as a general digestive tonic for upset stomachs. In Ayurvedic cooking, it is added to dishes to enhance a meal's digestibility. Interestingly, ginger essential oil has been noted to assist other essential oils in reaching their target organs.
Years before British surgeon Dr. James Lind discovered that lime could reduce symptoms of scurvy, 5th century Chinese sailors were using the vitamin C found in Ginger for the same purpose on long voyages.
Ginger has long been reputed as a sexual tonic – women in Senegal weave ginger root into the belts of their mates to increase sexual potency.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Circulatory stimulant
- Recommended for cold extremities
- General warming & stimulating effect
- Boosts inner strength, motivation & clarity
From Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty2:
- Calms upset stomach & motion sickness
- Relieves hangover symptoms
- Reduces sore throat pain
- Helps to dry runny noses
PROPERTIES OF GINGER REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH
- Kidney protection5
- Liver protection5
- Analgesic 8
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
- A double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted with 576 cancer patients to study the benefits of ginger. Subjects who took ginger capsules daily over a 6-day period were found to have significant relief from chemotherapy-induced nausea.3
- In a study on mice, the animals were fed a high-fat diet and given ginger extract. The mice in the experimental group given ginger showed significantly reduced weight gain compared to the control group. The researchers suggest that this effect "may be due in part to the inhibition of intestinal absorption of dietary fat".4
- Ginger extract was found to significantly reduce susceptibility to kidney and liver damage in rats.5
- Supplementation with ginger juice "produced a significant increase in insulin levels and a decrease in fasting glucose levels in diabetic rats". These effects suggest that ginger may have potential therapeutic value for patients with type I diabetes.6
- Topical application of ginger extract was shown to significantly protect against skin tumor growth in mice.7
- A study in mice showed that ginger extract has a pain-blocking activity with the same effectiveness as aspirin. It was also shown to have significant anti-inflammatory effects.8
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Wilson, Roberta. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty. Penguin, 2002.
3 Ryan, Julie L., et al. “Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Reduces Acute Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea: a URCC CCOP Study of 576 Patients.” Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 20, no. 7, July 2012, pp. 1479–1489., doi:10.1007/s00520-011-1236-3.
4 Han, Li-Kun, et al. “Antiobesity Actions of Zingiber Officinale Roscoe.” Yakugaku Zasshi : Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, vol. 125, no. 2, Feb. 2005, pp. 213–217., doi:10.1248/yakushi.125.213.
5 Mohammad, Sarbaz I., et al. “Ameliorative Effect of the Aqueous Extract of Zingiber Officinale on the Cadmium-Induced Liver and Kidney Injury in Females Rats.” Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences, vol. 6, no. 3, 2013, pp. 231–234., doi:10.12816/0001539.
6 Akhani, Sanjay P., et al. "Antiâdiabetic activity of Zingiber officinale in streptozotocinâinduced type I diabetic rats." Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology vol. 56, no. 1, 2004, pp. 101-105.
7 Katiyar, Santosh K., et al. "Inhibition of tumor promotion in SENCAR mouse skin by ethanol extract of Zingiber officinale rhizome." Cancer Research, vol. 56, no. 5 1996, pp. 1023-1030.
8 Raji, Y, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory and Analgesic Properties of the Rhizome Extract of Zingiber Officinale.” African Journal of Biomedical Research, vol. 5, 2002, pp. 121–124., doi:10.4314/ajbr.v5i3.53999.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- May be used in a diffuser to bring energy to a room.
- massage, compress, bath, ointment
- Rub on temples and stomach for motion sickness.
- For respiratory system support, ginger oil can be blended into a chest rub blend, a few drops put into a bath, or hot tea.
- For stomach upset, add a few drops of Ginger oil to warm water and drink slowly.
This Ginger oil has a fresh jasmine-like top note, a candied orange and clove middle note and deep, gently spiced wood undertones.
The CO2 Ginger oil has a jasmine-like top note, a candied orange and clove middle note and deep, gently spiced wood undertones.
The steam distilled Ginger is woody with a bright lemon-like top note, and a warm complex spicy-floral middle note.
Ginger oil blends well with Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Frankincense, Rosewood, Cedarwood, Rose, Lime Neroli, Orange, Lemon Grapefruit oils, Eucalyptus Radiata Oil, Geranium Oil, Myrtle Oil, and Rosemary Oil.
Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Can be sensitizing with repeated use. Avoid direct sunlight after use; slightly phototoxic.
If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.