Zingiber officinale

Ginger essential oil has a sharp, spicy aroma with a hint of lemon and pepper. It is warm and very pleasant. The oil is produced from steam distillation of the dried, unpeeled rhizome or root and is a light amber colour.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ginger is used for any condition where the body is not coping effectively with moisture. Diarrhoea, catarrh, flu, bronchitis and runny colds are examples of the bodies inability to deal with internal moisture, while rheumatism is intensified by external damp.

The warm analgesic properties of Ginger are used to help relieve arthritic and rheumatic pains, as well as sprains, muscle spasm, menstrual pains and fatigue. Use only one drop of Ginger and two drops of Lavender in 10ml of carrier oil for massaging into affected areas.

Ginger stimulates circulation and is said to help reduce chilblains, high cholesterol levels and varicose veins.

The antiemetic properties of Ginger have proven helpful for motion sickness, post-operative nausea and morning sickness. A drop on a tissue for inhalation will help, or peel and chop some fresh ginger into a cup with hot water and a little honey.

Ginger oil is able to relieve feelings of anxiety, anxiousness, exhaustion and depression. In Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger oil is believed to treat emotional problems like fear, abandonment and lack of self-confidence. It stimulates feelings of courage and ease. Add a two drops of ginger, two drops of Lime and two drops of Palmarosa into 5ml of carrier oil and pour into a warm bath to relax and gain clarity of mind.

Ginger blends well with essential oils of Bay, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Clove, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Rosemary and Verbena.