Latin name: Zingiber Officinale
Source country: South Asia, China
Appearance: Dark yellow/brown liquid.
Aroma: Strong aroma, warm, spicy, sharp, balsamic
Derivation: Steam distillation of the ground up root (rhizome) of the plant
Chemicals: The ginger aroma originates mainly from 3 chemicals - zingerone,
shogaols, and gingerols all volatile oils. The main constituents are sesquiterpenoids with
zingerbene the main component.The taste of ginger comes from the shogaols and
gingerols - phenylpropanoid derived compounds. Gingerols have been proven to have
some anti cancer properties on skin and ovarian cancer.
Uses: Ginger is mainly used for flavouring and cooking as the dried powder. The oil is
less widely used because it is extremely strong and should be diluted before using. Ginger
has a rubifacient effect making it useful for muscular pains. It is calming and is used to
stop sickness and diarrhoea. It is reputed to be effective and safe for morning sickness
when inhaled. It has strong antibacterial properties and is useful for colds.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally