Ginger Oil

ginger  Zingiber officinale

Ginger oil.....

Ginger was one of the first products to travel the “spice route” from Asia to Europe, where both the Greeks and Romans made extensive use of it. Romans took advantage of its aphrodisiac powers and added it to wine. Hawaiians scented their clothing with it. In Senegal, West Africa, the women make belts with the rhizome, in the hope of arousing their partner’s sexual interest.

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Girls Wearing Sari with Water Jars Walking in the Desert, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

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In India, ginger oil (root) is used in Ayurveda medicine. It’s a spicy root also known as vishwa in Sanskrit. It’s an effective remedial measure in dyspepsia (due to reduced agni), loss of appetite, indigestion, vomiting, distension of the abdomen due to gas, acidity, etc.

Charaka, one of the most ancient commentators on Ayurveda, calls ginger the “king” of all roots because of its wide medicinal properties.

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Tribal Girls During Ger Spring Festival, Kawant, Near Baroda, Gujarat, India

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Botanical Name - Zingiber officinale

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Root

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Hot, spicy, and sweet

Effect – Warming, stimulating

Largest Producing Countries - Indonesia, Britain, China, and India

Traditional Use - Ginger oil is used in digestive, carminative and laxative preparations. This oil is also used as a fragrance component in cosmetics and perfumes, especially oriental and men’s fragrances.

Properties - Analgesic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, aperitif, aphrodisiac, appetite stimulant, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic.

Benefits - Arthritis, bruises, catarrh, chills, colds, colic, congestion, coughs, cramp, debility, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, flatulence, flu, fractures, improves memory, indigestion, infectious disease, influenza, loss of appetite, migraine, morning sickness (if inhaled in pregnancy or hangover), muscular aches and pains, nausea, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation, promotes courage, rheumatism, seasickness, sexual tonic, sharpens senses, sinusitis, sore throat, sprains, and travel sickness.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus (all), frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

Safety Data - Ginger oil is non-toxic, and non-irritant (except in high concentration). It’s slightly phototoxic and may sensitize the skin. It may irritate sensitive skin. Use this oil in moderation.

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