Ginger ( Zingiber officinalis )
Latin Name: Zingiber officinalis
Plant Part: Rhizome
Note/Element: Note: Middle/Base Element: Earth, Fire, Metal.
Functional Groups: Alcohol, Aldehyde, Ketone, Sesquiterpene, Terpene.
Type: Stimulating Warming
Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Kapha
Scent: Spicy, penetrating, earthy, woody
For Skin Type: None
Cautions: May irritate sensitive skin, May be slightly photo-toxic. Pregnant and breast feeding women should be cautious (although can be useful with morning sickness).
Physical Uses: Digestion, menstrual cramps, flatulence, nausea, motion sickness, appetite stimulant, cough, mucus , colds, flu, muscle & joint pain, food poisoning, headaches & migraines,respiratory conditions, arthritis, hair loss (helps with blood circulation) .
Mental/Emotional Uses: Clarity, eating disorders, promote interest in life, lethargy, grounding, fear, exhaustion, renews the spirit.
Other Uses: Aphrodisiac, primary first aid essential oil in traditional Chinese medicine
Blends Well With: Peel, Resin, Seed, Spice, Wood
Possible Substitutions: Cardamom, Plai ( Thai Ginger )
Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.