GINGER

(Zingiber officinale)


Ginger has been used for centuries in natural medicine with roots coming from southeast Asia. You can use ginger in a number of ways, but it’s a crowd favourite in aromatherapy because of the sheer amount of amazing properties it has. It is an invigorating oil that helps uplift the body and mind and treat a wide range of bodily issues.


Aromatic Profile
The essential oil has a unique scent with it being warm, spicy, woody and fresh. It blends well with oils such as patchouli, coriander, rose, vetiver, neroli, orange, sandalwood and cedarwood.


Uses
It has long been known that ginger relieves digestive issues like diarrhea, cramps, colic, nausea, travel sickness, flatulence and loss of appetite. As an anti-inflammatory, it assists with troubles associated with arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains. With its stimulation of warmth, it helps to fight common colds, the flu, poor circulation, fatigue and nervous exhaustion.


Safety

  • Non-toxic
  • Non-irritant (except in high concentration)
  • May cause sensitisation in some individuals
  • Slightly phototoxic – do not use oil in direct sunlight

References


Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.


Leech, J 2017, 11 Proven Health Benefits of Ginger, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section3


White, J 1999, Aromatherapy Blends for Life, Blends for Life, Melbourne.

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