Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Warming, uplifting and stimulating, Ginger oil may help to strengthen immunity, settle the stomach and relieve nausea, making it the perfect accompaniment for any long distance trip. The idea oil for a wintery day to provide that warm, cosy feeling.
What does Ginger oil smell like?
Ginger essential oil has a warm, spicy aroma with woody and earthy undertones and lemony top notes.
Where does Ginger essential oil originate from?
Native to India, and mainly cultivated in the Asia Pacific region. C02 extraction is used to extract the essential oil from the roots of the Ginger plant. Interestly, although most famous for its root which is a popular ingredient in many food dishes, the plant actually blossoms into beautiful, yellow flowers and grows around 3ft tall.
What are the properties of Ginger essential oil?
Ginger’s warming and energizing nature is said to help ease the emotional pain of loneliness and depression. When applied topically, the warming oil can relieve the aches of muscle sprains and colds. It’s the feeling of comfort and security in a bottle.
Ginger oil may help with the following ailments:
- Anxiety and nervous tension
- Muscle sprain
- Muscular aches and pains
- Poor circulation
How to use Ginger oil
Ginger oil used in aromatherapy massage has a wonderfully warming effect on the body - making it a perfect oil to use on a cold day. Mix with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil and massage into problem areas to help ease aches and pains in the body - a great way to wind down after a strenuous workout or just to loosen up tight muscles.
Love that cosy feeling on a cold winter’s day or just sitting next to a window watching the rain fall outside? Enhance the ambience by adding a few drops of Ginger oil to an oil burner, grab a big mug of hot chocolate, slip on your slipper socks and get cosy with your favourite book or TV show. A perfect, relaxing way to spend a cold afternoon.
Ginger is said to be useful to keep motion sickness at bay. If you have a long trip planned, take a travel diffuser with you, charged with a few drops of Ginger oil. Alternatively, use in a roller ball dispenser for topical application or dab some on a handkerchief to carry around with you.
Use Ginger essential oil in meditation to focus on improving strength of mind, determination and mental clarity.
Ginger essential oil recipes
Uplifting Diffuser/Burner Blend
Ginger oil blends beautifully with all citrus oils to provide a warm, uplifting feeling which lifts the spirits and warm the heart. Simply add the following oils to a burner and feel the stresses of the day melt away or use in the morning to kickstart your day with a boost of energy and positivity.
- 3 drops Orange essential oil
- 3 drops Cinnamon oil
Warming Foot Massage Blend
For the perfect foot massage, mix the following essential oils thoroughly, before blending with a carrier oil. Store this blend in a dark, glass bottle, and out of reach of children.
- ½ cup of Olive carrier oil
- 2-3 drops Black Pepper essential oil
- 2-3 drops Rosemary
- 2-3 drops Ginger essential oil
For the perfect foot massage, rub a lavish amount of your freshly blended oil between the palms of the hands. Start the massage from the toes and sweep upwards towards the ankles and the up to the calves before sliding back down the foot towards the toes. Massage each toe individually, starting with the little toe and finishing with the big toe. Next, turn your attention to the sole of the foot and kneed your fist in to the foot arch. Repeat 3 times on each foot. Your feet will feel heavenly, ache-free and smooth to the touch.
Essential oils to compliment Ginger oil
Whenever you are looking to include ginger essential oil in your blend, use sparingly as Ginger’s powerful aroma will dominate blends.
- Citrus oils
Anything to note?
Always use a patch test 24 hours before use. Do not use on children. Avoid this oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep out of reach of children and store in a cool, dark place. Do not ingest.