Essential Oil Profile: Ginger

Ginger ( Zingiber officinalis )

Latin Name: Zingiber officinalis

Family: Zingiberaceae

Plant Part: Rhizome

Method: Distillation

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.


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