Ginger essential oil, zingiber officinalis, has a peppery, sharp, pungent, aromatic, warm and spicy aroma, often with a hint of camphor or lemon. Inhaling the scent is said to be stimulating and helpful in clearing your head. While fresh ginger root is often used as a digestive aid for upset stomach, we do not recommend taking ginger essential oil internally. Used in a compress, lotion, liniment, or massage oil, it's heating action relieves pain from arthritis, sore muscles, menstrual cramps, and headache. Ginger oil stimulates both appetite and poor blood circulation and helps relieve nausea and motion sickness. Ginger essential oil acts as a sexual stimulant. Ginger oil reduces drowsiness and irritability, and increases concentration and mental energy.
Ginger is a perennial plant; the aromatic, knotty rootstock is thick, fibrous, and whitish or buff-colored. It produces a simple, leafy stem covered with the leaf sheaths of the lanceolate-oblong to linear leaves. The plant reaches a height of 3-4 feet, the leaves growing 6-12 inches long. It is now cultivated in great quantities in Jamaica and comes into this country dried and preserved. The root from the West Indies is considered the best. Jamaica or White African is a light-brown colour with short rhizome, very pungent. The essential oil is steam distilled from the roots.
Ginger essential oil, zingiber officinalis, blends well with the following essential oils: sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, frankincense, rosewood, cedarwood, coriander, rose, lime, grapefruit, geranium, spearmint, lavender, orange and other spice or citrus oils.
Ginger essential oil cautions - Avoid ginger in excessive amounts with a peptic ulcer, bleeding ulcers, very high fever, or inflammatory skin diseases. Ginger oil is a safe remedy for morning sickness when applied externally in small doses. Always dilute with a carrier oil and do not exceed doses recommended. Other commercial anti-nauseates should not be taken during pregnancy without consulting a doctor, because of the possibility that they may cross the placenta and adversely affect the fetus.
Ginger oil properties - Antispasmodic, antiemetic, analgesic, antiseptic, appetizer, aromatic, carminative, condiment, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, pungent, sialagogue, stimulant.