Ginger Essential Oil

gingerLatin 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

  • bergamot
  • cedarwood
  • clove bud
  • coriander
  • eucalyptus citriodora
  • eucalyptus globulus
  • eucalyptus radiata
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine
  • juniper
  • lemon
  • lime
  • mandarin
  • neroli
  • palmarosa
  • patchouli
  • rose maroc
  • rosewood
  • sandalwood
  • sweet orange
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang

Special Precautions*

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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