Essential Oil Ginger
Essential Oil Ginger
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the most highly valued spices in the world and like so many of the spices, is a native of Asia, growing originally in India and China. Ginger essential oil is well known for its detoxing effect on the body systems while also being effective for diffusing pain and warming the tissues as it speeds micro circulation. Also known as a remedy for coughs, colds, and any other systemic issues. The scent alone, of any of the Ginger oils, can help to ease an upset stomach. These days, aromatherapists use its warming and soothing qualities to combat digestive and joint complaints, mood swings, and to help increase libido.
Aroma: Warm, tangy, spicy-aromatic
Traditional Use: As one of the most popular spices in the world, ginger’s effective medicinal properties have been proven by their extensive use in Ancient Indian and Chinese cultures.
Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Digestive, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic
How to Use: Massage, Bath, Diffuse
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Patchouli, Ylang ylang.
Safety: Ginger Essential Oil can irritate sensitive skin, dilute before applying to the skin. Avoid use during pregnancy. Not for internal use.
HISTORY OF USE
Ginger is a perennial herb that grows to about 3 – 4 feet high (approximately 1 meter). It has a characteristic thick spreading tuberous rhizome. The essential oil is produced from the root by steam distillation, and is a pale, slightly greenish yellow, darkening with age. Many people smelling it for the first time are surprised, and even disappointed because it does not smell like the dried or preserved ginger with which they are familiar in cakes, etc. In fact, it smells almost identical to the ‘green’ or fresh root ginger. Oil of Ginger, in small proportions, blends well with many others, especially Orange and other citrus oils. A single drop can be added to a massage blend for arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pain and fatigue.
Mind & Spirit
- To stimulate memory and brain functions, 4 drops of ginger essential oil with 2 drops of rosemary oil. This mixture is perfect for an aromatherapy diffuser.
- For mood swings, a general feeling of disconnectedness, and to shake off the tendency to procrastinate, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or place on a cotton ball and inhale 2-3 times. This will help to re-energize and revitalize mind, body, and soul.
Diffused In Air
Diffusers: Add 2-4 drops of essential oils to a burner, aroma stone or aroma stream.
For a pain-relieving and warming massage, combine the following: 6 drop of ginger essential oil and 2 tbsp of carrier oil.
- For arthritis, backache, fractures, muscle pain, and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Another choice would be to use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress on affected areas.
- To stimulate the circulatory system, use 2-3 drops in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and massage into body.
- For runny nose,sore throat, sinusitis, or as a decongestant use 2-3 drops as a steam inhalation.
- To stimulate the lymphatic system, dilute a drop with vegetable oil, on a cotton ball, and dab on the arm pit area.
- To revitalize libido:use 2-3 drops in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and use as a massage, or diffuse 2-3 drops into air
Bath & Sauna
- Bath: Blend 5-8 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil or full fat milk, add to bath.
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY.
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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