Ginger Essential Oil
The aroma of Ginger Essential Oil can vary widely, depending on the distillation and quality of the root being distilled. The distillation of fresh ginger root can lead to an aromatically superior oil, one that I absolutely adore.
Topically, Ginger Oil can be useful in blends and formulations intended to help improve circulation. It’s a frequent addition to blends for massage, arthritis and muscle aches and pains.
When used topically at low dilutions or in a diffuser, Ginger Oil can help to ease nausea and motion sickness. Since Ginger Oil is so strong, I do not recommend that anyone without a formal education in herbalism or aromatherapy take it without being under the care of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner (instead, try Ginger Tea or Crystallized Ginger).
Aromatically, Ginger Essential Oil is spicy and warming. Though it is especially well suited for fall and winter months, I use it all year round. I love combining Ginger Oil in the diffuser with citrus oils and other spice oils.
Ginger Oil is one that is not a personal favorite to everyone, but is an oil that can significantly enhance a blend or synergy.
Emotionally, I find Ginger Oil energizing and uplifting. It is considered an aphrodisiac. Its aroma is a wonderful addition to blends especially formulated for men (women love it too).
Spiritually, I personally find Ginger Essential Oil to be a welcome addition to my blends for expressing gratitude.
Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Color: Light Yellow
Perfumery Note: Middle/Base
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium – Strong
Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, earthy, woody.
Ginger Oil Uses: Aching muscles, arthritis, nausea, poor circulation. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 60-64.]
Safety Information: Ginger Oil is slightly phototoxic. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 236.] Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity.