BOTANICAL NAME: zingiber officinale
PARTS USED: roots (stems)
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: smoky, spicy, sweet, woodsy
BLENDS WELL WITH: allspice, cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, coriander, elemi, frankincense, galbanum, lemon, lime, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vetiver
AROMATIC BENEFITS: anchoring, energizing, invigorating, memory loss, stimulating, strengthening, stress, warming
MAGICAL USES: attraction, business success, courage, love, lust, magickal energy, money, peace, physical energy, prosperity, purification, sex
PHYSICAL USES: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetite stimulant, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, bronchitis, bursitis, carminative, cerebral palsy, chilblains, chills, circulatory stimulant, colds, constipation, convalescence, coughs, cramps, diabetes, diarrhea, digestive, edema, exhaustion, expectorant, fibrositis, flatulence, fractures, frostbite, ganglion, hair loss, hangovers, indigestion, inguinal hernia, laryngitis, laxative, lower abdominal pain, lumbago, motion sickness, muscular aches, muscular dystrophy, nausea, normalizes blood pressure, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, sea sickness, sprains, stomachic, synovitis, tendinitis, tennis elbow, tonsillitis, travel sickness, vomiting.
Ginger is a commonly used spice, which originated in India. The spice is very common in India and China and is now used all over the world. It forms an integral part of many Asian cuisines due to its digestive properties. It is especially helpful in digesting food items such as meat and poultry, and is added while cooking to soften the meat. Ginger root and ginger oil are also used as a preservative and flavoring agent. The peculiar hot taste and pungent taste of ginger can be attributed to the presence of an acrid compound called Gingerol. Most of the health benefits of ginger are attributed to Gingerol. Also, according to the American Cancer Society, preliminary research on animals has shown that ginger may be useful in treating cancer through chemotherapy.
Analgesic: any medicine that reduces pain without inducing unconsciousness.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Expectorant: a substance used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Stomachic: related to the stomach; beneficial to the stomach or digestion.
Safety Warnings: May irritate sensitive skin. Slightly phototoxic. Dilute well before use. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription.