Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger essential oil is believed to have several therapeutic properties, from cosmetically to eliminate bacteria associated with acne and restore color and radiance to a dull complexion to medicinally for detoxifying and digestive remedy as a facilitator of eliminating toxins and boosting digestion. Ginger oil is known to ease discomforts associated with the stomach and bowel, and its expectorant properties work to eliminate mucus from respiratory tract and effectively reduce symptoms of respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma and cough.
Botanical Family, Origin & Extraction: Zingiberaceae (ginger); China; Steam distillation from rhizomes
Properties: Antiseptic, laxative, stimulant, tonic and warming
Body Systems Affected: Digestive and nervous systems
Aromatic Influence: The aroma may help influence physical energy, sex, love, money and courage. Ginger carries a scent that is sweet, spicy-woody, warm and tenacious
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, nausea, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throats, and sprains. It is also used as an ingredient in cooking.
Historic 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 relieve head congestions). It has also been used in Hawaii to scent the clothing, cook with and cure indigestion. They 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
Blends With: All spice oils, all citrus oils, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, myrtle, rosemary and spearmint
Directions for Use: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20)*
- Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 teaspoon of honey or 4 oz of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk)
- Use 6-8 drops in a diffuser of your choice
- Apply diluted to flex points, and/or directly on area of concern
- Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 to 14 years
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (refer to an aromatherapy text)
- The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should use essential oils after consulting a trained healthcare practitioner
- You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem
- Stop using this product if you suspect an allergic reaction
- Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization
- Avoid direct sunlight for 3 to 6 hours after topical use
GC/MS Report: The analysis of our Ginger batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Zingiber officinale. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in the GC/MS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced on the date of analysis.
*Mockingbird Apothecary does not recommend ingestion of essential oils