zingiber officinale
Botanical name: 
Zingiber officinale

Warmth, strength and comfort

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Topical Circulatory System - muscular aches and pains, stiff muscles, poor circulation
Expectorant - mucous coughs, bronchitis, catarrh
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Country of origin: 
India, China
Part of plant used: 
Dried rhizome
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Adds warm spice to blends. Compliments citrus or woody oils and other spices.
Chemical character: 
Terpene type
Safety information: 
Caution hypersensitivity, avoid diseased, damaged, delicate and children's skin.
Odour profile: 
Warm and sweet, spicy, peppery.
Plant description: 
A root which produces green shoots each spring, up to 1 meter in height, with white or yellow flowers.
Historical use: 
Traditional Chinese medicine uses ginger for digestive, respiratory and rheumatic problems. In many countries ginger is an important cooking spice. Ginger wine and ginger beer are popular tonics.