Essential Oils - Ginger

Smelling ginger essential oil can evoke thoughts ranging from medicinal to sushi. When served alongside sushi, fresh or pickled ginger is meant to cleanse the palette before eating the next bite. When used as a spice, this amazingly versatile rhizome can be found in a wide assortment of foods including Asian dishes, Chai teas and desserts. It’s fascinating to note that ginger was so highly prized in 13th and 14th century Marseilles, France; a pound of it was valued the equivalent to an entire sheep.

Name of Oil: Ginger
Latin Name: Zingiber officinale
Areas of Origin: India, China, Java, Africa, West Indies.
Historical Use: It has been used as a medicine and a spice since very early times.
General Growth, Habitat: Ginger grows to 3-4’ and has thick spreading tuberous rhizomes.  The stalk has narrow, spear-shaped leaves and white or yellow flowers growing from the root.
Parts Used in Distillation: Root.
Scent: Warm, spicy, woody, earthy.
Uses: Colds, flu, seasickness, sore throat, cramps, chills, fever.
Emotional Use: Physically energizing.
Safety: Possible skin irritant for sensitive skin. 

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to directly to the site of aches and pains. 
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to the lower abdomen to relief gas and/or diarrhea.
  • Add a few drops of the essential oil to a diffuser to relieve a sore throat, runny nose or sinusitis.

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

References
10 Health Benefits of Ginger Root – The Wonder Spice. (2015, April 30). isha. Retrieved from http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/lifestyle/food/10-ways-ginger-root-of-well-being/.


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