Ginger Root and Leaves

Ginger is one of the most widely used herbal remedies for morning nausea during pregnancy...

Ginger is a warming and strengthening oil with a soft, sweet woody-spicy scent.

Nature: warming, soothing, stimulating

It can be used in a massage blend to warm chilly limbs and ease stiffness.

Ideal as an inhalant or on a tissue to relieve morning or travel sickness.

Principal Actions: Eases nausea and digestive discomfort; warming properties stimulate circulation; analgesic to relieve muscular aches and pains.

Practical Uses

Methods of Use: application, aroma lamp, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Circulation, Muscles & Joints

The analgesic properties of ginger make it a good choice in a hot compress to relieve arthritis, gout, headaches, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains and strains.

Hot Compress: Mix 3 drops ginger, 2 drops nutmeg, 3 drops sweet marjoram, 3 drops West Indian bay.

Respiratory System

Ginger is also used as an expectorant to help relieve respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, catarrh, congestion, coughs and laryngitis.

Decongestant Steam Inhalation: Mix 2 drops ginger, 3 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops pine in 2 cups (500ml) hot water.

Laryngitis: Mix 1 drop ginger, 1 drop pine and 3 drops lavender in 2 cups (500ml) hot water. Use in a steam inhalation.

Coughs: Mix 2 drops ginger, 3 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops oregano in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into chest and back twice a day, or use this blend in a steam inhalation.

Digestive System

Ginger has strong carminative, digestive and stomachic properties. It supports the digestive system for cases of diarrhoea, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite and nausea.

Nausea: Mix 2 drops ginger, 2 drops fennel and 3 drops peppermint and use in a warm bath or add these to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into the abdomen. Add a few drops of this blend to a compress and apply to the affected area. Use as an inhalation.

To Ease Painful Digestion: Mix 2 drops ginger, 4 drops mandarin and 3 drops Scots pine in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into abdomen using circular clockwise strokes.

Ginger is a general stimulant to the entire body; it relieves dizziness and nausea from travel sickness and fatigue. Use 2 drops of ginger on a tissue and use as an inhalation.

Immune System

The warming properties of ginger provide symptomatic relief of chills, colds, influenza, fever and infectious disease.

Warming Blend: Mix 2 drops ginger, 2 drops black pepper, 2 drops sweet marjoram and add to a bath, or add this blend to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and use in a massage at the onset of a cold.

Nervous System

Ginger is mood uplifting; improves mental clarity and memory; its soothing nature is helpful in situations of debility and nervous exhaustion.

Nervous Exhaustion: Mix 9 drops ginger, 10 drops geranium and 8 drops bergamot in a dark glass bottle. Use 4 – 6 drops of this in a diffusor; add 6 drops to a bath; add 10 drops to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and use in a massage.

Safety Data: Non-toxic and non-irritant. Can be mildly sensitizing; avoid using if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

Ginger in Aromatherapy

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Note: Base

Parts Used: root

Source: steam distillation from the unpeeled, dried, ground root of the erect perennial herb with a thick, spreading, tuberous rhizome root. It is native to southern Asia, and has been extensively cultivated all over the tropics. Most of the oil is distilled in the UK, China and India.

Description and Odor Effect: a pale yellow, amber or greenish liquid with a warm, slightly green, fresh, woody-spicy scent. Its odor effect is warming and stimulating; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Blends well with: cedarwood, coriander, frankincense, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, vetiver, lime, neroli, orange and other citrus oils

Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitussive, aperitif, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent (stops bleeding), carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive (nausea), diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant (circulatory and nervous systems), stomachic, tonic, tonifying (digestive system), vermifuge

Safety Data: Non-toxic and non-irritant. Can be mildly sensitizing; avoid using if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

Chemical Composition

Chemical Composition:

Zingiber Officinale Rhiz. [ginger] Zingiberaceae
Representative constituents
Hydrocarbons
monoterpenes (20%) α-pinene 0.4–4.2%, β-pinene 0.1–2.3%, camphene 1.1–8%, β-myrcene 0.1–1%, limonene 1.2–3%, β-phellandrene 1.3–4%
sesquiterpenes (55%) zingiberene 11.3–50.9%, β-sesquiphellandrene 1.6–9%, cis-γ-bisabolene 7%, copaene, sesquithujene, β-ylangene, β-elemene, β-farnesene 19.8%, β-caryophyllene, calamenene, β-bisabolene 0.2%, α-selinene 1.4%
aromatic p-cymene 0.2–10.8%, ar-curcumene 0.1–32.9%
Alcohols
monoterpenols citronellol 6%, linalool 1–5.5%
sesquiterpenols nerolidol trace-8.9%, elemol 0.2%, β-bisabol, zingiberenol 0.5%, trans-β-sesquiphellandrol 0.4%, cis-sesquisabinene hydrate 0.2%, β-eudesmol 0.6%
aromatic cuminic alcohol
other 2-butanol, 2-nonanol 2.1–7.8%, 2-heptanol trace
Aldehydes
monoterpenals citronellal 0.4%, myrtenal, phellandral, neral 0.5%, geranial 1%
other butanal, 2-methyl,3-methyl-butanal, pentenal
Ketones
monoterpenones cryptone, carvotanacetone
other acetone, 2-hexanone, 2-heptanone, methyl-heptanone, 2-nonanone, gingerone
Oxides
monoterpenoid 1,8-cineole 1%

Ginger – Quick Reference

Circulation, Muscles & Joints: arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains, strains

Respiratory: catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat

Digestive: diarrhea, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, travel sickness

Immune: chills, colds, influenza, fever, infectious disease

Nervous: debility, nervous exhaustion

Keyword: Comforting

Ginger Magic: whole ginger roots are planted and grown to attract money or the powdered root is sprinkled into pockets or onto money for this purpose.

Ginger Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To relieve digestive problems:

  • 2 drops Ginger
  • 4 drops Spearmint
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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