Ginger Essential Oil
Latin name Zingiber officinale – Family species Zingiberacae
Ginger is also referred to as Common Ginger and Jamaica Ginger.
In Aromatherapy Workbook, Shirley Price states, “The attributes of ginger oil are wide ranging; it is a digestive tonic, relieves toothache, is anticatarrhal, warming to the muscular system (indicating its use for rheumatism) and reputed to be a sexual tonic.”
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Pale yellow to pale amber to pale green
Viscosity – Watery to slightly viscous
Scent – Warm, fresh, woody, spicy, green
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Plant
Part Used – Root / Rhizome
Countries of Origin – India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Java, Nigeria, Jamaica, West Indies, West Africa
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
Alpha zingiberene, beta zingiberene, gingerin, gingenol, gingerone, linalol, borneol, ar curcumene, camphene, neral, b-bisacolene
Uses of Ginger Oil
In addition to being used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger is found in perfumery and used commercially in food and drink products.
Ginger blends well with
- clove bud
- eucalyptus citriodora
- eucalyptus globulus
- eucalyptus radiata
- rose maroc
- sweet orange
- ylang ylang
Use only in very small quantities, if at all. Make sure to do a skin patch test if you have not used ginger oil before and plan to do so on the skin.
Ginger essential oil is phototoxic.
* See Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
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