Lesson 19: Essential Oil – Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Foundational Aromatherapy pages 99-100
Ginger is a widely used oil for most challenges related to the stomach. Like its donor plant, Ginger has proven to be an effective oil for most nutritional support programs. Ginger tends to be warm and stimulating to the cardiovascular system.
➢ Non-sensitizing, non-toxic, and non-irritating, except in high concentration
➢ May cause sensitization in some individuals
Tried and True Uses
✓ Simply inhale for relief from nausea due to motion sickness or morning sickness.
✓ Stimulates the digestive tract, easing many complaints.
✓ Can help warm up cold hands and feet when added to carrier oil or lotion.
✓ Inhale to help ease fatigue.
✓ Stimulates circulation and may assist in cases of impotence when applied to bottom of feet.
✓ May be used in massage with carrier oil to soothe upset stomach.
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 1-3 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in bath; soak twenty minutes.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water, Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.
TEA – Mix 1 drop in honey, or sweetener of choice, stir in cup of warm water, and sip slowly.
RUB IT IN – Add 1-3 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion. Massage into areas needing relief.
PUT IT ON – Apply 1 drop over abdomen or area of concern OR add 1 drop in 2-3 drops of carrier and gently rub on area of concern.
- Analgesic – relieves pain
- Antibacterial – destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
- Antiemetic – inhibits vomiting and nausea
- Antioxidant – protects cells from damage
- Antispasmodic – relieves spasms
- Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
- Cephalic – stimulates and clears the mind, relieves headache
- Diaphoretic – promotes or increases perspiration
- Expectorant – promotes discharge of mucus or phlegm from chest and lungs
- Febrifuge – reduces fever
- Laxative – relieves constipation
- Rubefacient – numbing, increases local blood circulation , may cause minor skin irritation
- Stimulant – increases functional activity (appetite before a meal)
- Stomachic – promotes good stomach function
- Tonic – strengthens and fortifies
Willpower, Encouraged, Uniqueness, Motivated, and irritability
Key Body Systems:
Digestive, Immune, Respiratory, and Muscular
BOTANICAL NAME: Zingiber officinale
WHERE GROWN: China, Madagascar, India
AROMA: spicy, sweet, warm, radiant
PRODUCING ORGAN: rhizome (root)
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
EVAPORATION RATE: middle-base
Main Chemical Families:
MONOTERPENES – decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier
MONOTERPENOLS – prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin sedative or calming to the nervous system, anti-inflammatory, cooling, antifungal
ALDEHYDES – sedative or calming to the nervous system, anti-
inflammatory, cooling, antifungal
OXIDES – strong respiratory decongestant, antiviral, pain reliever, mental stimulant
ZINGIBERACEAE – digestive tonic, reduces mucus, warming to muscles
“A friend had an upset stomach all day and was not wanting to eat. He took 1 drop Ginger oil in 1 teaspoon of honey. Upset tummy—GONE THANK YOU!“
*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.
Passport to Aromatherapy pages 66-67