|Latin name||Zingiber officinalis|
|Extractiona||Distillation of the unpeeled, dried root/rhizome|
|Origin||Southern Asia and the Tropics (China)|
|Plant characteristics||A perennial herb 1m high with a thick, spreading, pungent root, from where the oil is distilled. It bears white or yellow flowers on a spike direct from the root.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale amber liquid with a warm, slightly green, woody, spicy aroma.|
|Traditional use||Used for centuries for digestive disorders including toothache. Also used for rheumatism, mucus excess, diarrhoea and malaria.|
|Properties||Ginger is analgesic, anti-catarrhal, digestive and expectorant. It is used for angina, indigestion, rheumatism, toothache, flatulence and constipation. It is also useful for fatigue, impotence and insomnia.|
|Blends well with||Frankincense, patchouli, rosewood, coriander and neroli essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||There are no known contra-indications. Ginger essential oil is not hot as the hot part of the root is the hairs, which do not distil.|
|Main chemical constituents||Terpenes 20%, sesquiterpenes 55%|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.