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General Properties of Ginger Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • aphrodisiac
  • astringent
  • carminative
  • digestive
  • stimulant

Origin: India. Steam distilled from the root. Base note.

Description of Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger roots are used for steam distillation to produce an essential oil that starts out pale greenish to yellow and darkens as it ages. It is native to Asia, but came into Europe via trading in the Middle Ages. It is also now grown in the West Indies and Africa as well. Its main components are gingerin, gingenol, and zingiberine.

Ginger is a warming essential oil that is well known for its ability to assist with digestion as well as calm upset stomachs and even help ease pregnancy's 'morning sickness'. It may also help with hangovers and motion sickness.

Ginger essential oil is effective for aching muscles, rheumatism and stomach cramps and nausea which are soothed by its fiery properties. It is also considered a powerful nerve tonic, good for exhaustion and mental fatigue. It is a good essential oil to use in massage oils to help with arthritis, rheumatism and muscular pain due to its analgesic and rubefacient properties (it is important to note, however, that a single drop in a massage oil should be sufficient as higher concentrations can irritate the skin).

This oil blends well with Cinnamon essential oil, Coriander essential oil, Clove essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Lime essential oil, Orange essential oil, Rosemary essential oil and Spearmint essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Ginger Essential Oil

May irritate sensitive skin and can cause photosensitivity. Avoid during pregnancy.

References about Ginger Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinalis
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.