Zingiber officinale

Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae (ginger)

Extraction Method: Steam distillation from rhizomes

Common Primary Uses: Angina, Club Foot, Diarrhea, Gas/Flatulence, Indigestion, Libido (Low), Morning Sickness, Nausea, Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Rheumatic Fever (Pain), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scurvy, Vertigo, Vomiting

Common Application Methods: Ginger oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically. Apply to reflex points and directly on area of concern; diffuse.

Diffuse or inhale the aroma directly.

Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Antiseptic, laxative, stimulant, tonic, and warming.

Historical Uses: Anciently esteemed as a spice and recognized for its affinity for the digestive system, it has been used in gingerbread (up to 4,000 years ago in Greece), in Egyptian cuisine (to ward off epidemics), in Roman wine (for its aphrodisiac powers), in Indian tea (to soothe upset stomachs), and in Chinese tonics (to strengthen the heart and to relieve head congestion). It was also used in Hawaii to scent clothing, to cook with, and to cure indigestion. The Hawaiians also added it to their shampoos and massage oils.

French Medicinal Uses: Angina, prevention of contagious diseases, cooking, diarrhea, flatulence, impotence, rheumatic pain, scurvy, and tonsillitis.

Other Possible Uses: Ginger may be used for alcoholism, loss of appetite, arthritis, broken bones, catarrh (mucus), chills, colds, colic, congestion, coughs, cramps, digestive disorders, fevers, flu, impotence, indigestion, infectious diseases, memory, motion sickness, muscular aches/pains, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throats, and sprains. Ginger may also be used in cooking.

Body System(s) Affected: Digestive and Nervous Systems.

Aromatic Influence: Ginger aroma may help influence physical energy, love, money, and courage.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Ginger oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Avoid direct sunlight for 3 to 6 hours after use.

Blend Classification: Personifier and Equalizer.

Blends With: All spice oils, all citrus oils, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, and rosemary.