Ginger roots are used for steam distillation to produce an essential oil that starts out pale greenish to yellow and darkens as it ages. It is native to Asia, but came into Europe via trading in the Middle Ages. It is also now grown in the West Indies and Africa as well. Its main components are gingerin, gingenol, and zingiberine.
Ginger is a warming essential oil that is well known for its ability to assist with digestion as well as calm upset stomachs and even help ease pregnancy's 'morning sickness'. It may also help with hangovers and motion sickness.
Ginger essential oil is effective for aching muscles, rheumatism and stomach cramps and nausea which are soothed by its fiery properties. It is also considered a powerful nerve tonic, good for exhaustion and mental fatigue. It is a good essential oil to use in massage oils to help with arthritis, rheumatism and muscular pain due to its analgesic and rubefacient properties (it is important to note, however, that a single drop in a massage oil should be sufficient as higher concentrations can irritate the skin).
This oil blends well with Cinnamon, Coriander, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Rosemary and Spearmint essential oils.
Specific Cautions for Ginger Essential Oil
May irritate sensitive skin and can cause photosensitivity. Avoid during pregnancy.
Information retrieved from Green Valley Aromatherapy.
The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any use of this product.
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