The essential oil of ginger is known for its warm and comforting nature. The oil is extracted from the dried tuberous root of a plant that is native to south Asia. The plant itself has a reed-like stalk with narrow, spear-shaped leaves and yellow or white flowers that are carried on a spike arising straight from the tuber. There is some debate as to the derivation of its name: the Greeks call it ziggiber, and it Sanskrit writings it is listed as arngavera. However, its name may come from the area in India called Gingi, where it was drunk as a tea to cure stomach upsets.
Applications and Effects
Quintessentially balancing; counteracts ailments caused by dampness. Particularly effective for muscular aches and pains, catarrh, coughs, and colds (especially runny colds).
- Skin: Clear bruises.
- Circulatory and muscular systems: Poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains, strains.
- Digestive system: Diarrhoea, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, hangovers, loss of appetite, nausea, travel sickness.
- Respiratory system: Congestion, sinusitis, chills.
- Reproductive and excretory systems: Regulates menstruation after colds.
- Immune system: Fever, flu, infectious disease, sore throats.
- Nervous system: Debility, nervous exhaustion or fatigue.
- Mental/emotional effect’s: This oil is comforting and grounding at the same time. When emotions are flats and cold it can be used to warm them. Ginger sharpens the senses and may aid memory.
May be slightly phototoxic. In high concentrations it may cause skin irritation in some individuals.