Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ginger lily essential oil

Ginger lily essential oil, hydicum spicatum, is a clear brown liquid with a warm, woody, spicy, light floral aroma. Not to be confused with ginger oil, which is from the root distillation of ginger, this essential oil is from the flowers of the white ginger plant. It's also known as Awa-Puhi in Hawaii.
Ginger lily, hydicum spicatum, is a 3 foot high plant with very large leaves and white, orchid-like flowers. It grows in areas that recieve extensive rainfall, and flourishes at higher, cooler elevations. This particular essential oil is commercially grown in India, where it is harvested for steam distillation of the flowers and leaves.
Ginger lily essential oil properties - Anti-nausea agent, slightly tranquilizing, carminative, tonic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-asthmatic, stimulant.
Ginger lily oil blends well with cajeput, cassia, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, and lavender
Ginger lily essential oil cautions: Non-toxic, non-sensitizing.

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