Essential Oil of Ginger (Zingiber officinale)


Family: Zingiberaceae

Origin: Said to originate from India, China and Java yet it is also native to Africa and the West Indies

Plant description: A perennial herb that grows to about 3-4 feet high with a thick spreading tuberous rhizome.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Dried, ground up root of the plant

Extraction method: Steam distillation

Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, neral, geraniol, geranial, geranyl acetate, b-bisabolne, and zingiberene

PRECAUTIONS: Generally non-toxic and non-irritating except when used in high concentrations. Irritating to sensitive skins and can cause photosensitivity. Do not use in bathwater as it may cause skin irritation.


PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-emetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, and tonic.



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Able to treat fractures, rheumatism, arthritis, bruising, and carbuncles, poor circulation and arthritic pain

Digestive: Useful for nausea, hangovers, travel and sea sickness

Immune System: Helpful for colds and flu as it breaks up phlegm and strengthens the heart

Mental/Emotional: Its warming properties are useful for feelings of loneliness and winter depression, and its energizing properties make it a good aphrodisiac.

Circulation: Increases circulation and strengthens the heart

Respiratory system: Helpful for congestion, coughs, and sinusitis


About this essential oil:

The Greeks called it Ziggiber and favored its warming properties on the stomach and as an antidote to poison. This oil may be applied topically in highly diluted form over the abdomen in a compress. It is often used in Chinese medicine to strengthen the heart and restore the flow stagnant chi.

 Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?


  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar



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