Ginger essential oil Essential Oils for skincare

About Ginger

INCI name
ZINGIBER OFFICINALE ROOT OIL
Essential oil name
Ginger essential oil
Origin
Sri Lanka, India
Part used
Rhizome
Scent
Spicy, sharp, light
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Production
Between 13 and 30 ML of ginger essential oil per KG of dry plant Between 3 and 6 ML of ginger essential oil per fresh plant*
*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Ginger
Latin name
Zingiber officinale
Botanical family
Zingiberaceae
Plant detail
The plant is an herbaceous plant that looks like curcuma. There are two types of rhizomes (yellow and grey) and only the grey rhizome can give the essential oil. The rhizome is harvested 10 months after the plant withers. Then, rhizomes are washed and dried under sun.

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

With its long-standing reputation as a healer, Ginger Essential Oil has been used in aromatherapy for years thanks to its natural rewards for the mind, body and health.

Here’s all you need to know about Ginger Oil and its noteworthy benefits to help you incorporate it into your daily rituals.

Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil

1. Calms the stomach

Ginger Essential Oil represents one of the best natural remedies for stomach problems, including colic, indigestion, stomach aches and spasms.

Dr Couic Marinier also stresses its effectiveness in treating nausea, explaining that “Ginger Oil can be used to treat sickness following surgery, during chemotherapy, for motion sickness and even during pregnancy”.

2. Heals infection

With its strong antiseptic agents, Ginger Essential Oil can inhibit and kill infections from microorganisms and bacteria.

3. Aids respiratory problems

Alongside Peppermint Oil and Rosemary Oil, Ginger Essential Oil is an expectorant. It aids in removing excess mucus from the throat and lungs as well as improving function of the body’s respiratory processes.

As a result, Ginger Oil can be a great remedy for colds, flu, coughs, asthma, bronchitis and loss of breath, to name just a few.

4. Anti-inflammatory

Zingibain is an active component in Ginger Oil, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Not only does it provide pain relief, it also works as a long-term solution to heal and repair inflamed areas.

Dr Couic Marinier adds, “Ginger Essential Oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits are particularly effective for those who suffer from rheumatism”.

5. Relieves anxiety

Ginger Oil helps to relieves feelings of anxiety, depression and exhaustion, thanks to its deeply calming properties. Its warming qualities also serve as a remedy for insomnia and stimulates feelings of courage and ease.

What is Ginger Essential Oil used for ?

Regenerate

Containing over 40 antioxidant properties, Ginger Oil works to protect skin against free radicals. This action safeguards the skin from premature ageing, improving elasticity and rejuvenating the complexion.

Heal

Thanks to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, Ginger Essential Oil works effectively to repair the epidermis. Whether it's blemishes, hyperpigmentation or more stubborn scars, its healing properties leave skin more soothed and even.

Purify

As a powerful antiseptic and cleansing agent, Ginger Essential Oil helps to detoxify the skin, leaving it room to breathe again. Ginger Oil is particularly effective in healing acne, minimising the rate of acne formation and clearing up triggers of breakouts.

For further purifying action, look to Lavender Oil. To heal your acne-prone skin, jJuniper Berry Oil can also front the war against this stubborn skin condition.

Where does Ginger Essential Oil come from ?

Native to India, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Ginger has been recorded in both ancient sanskrit and Chinese texts for its medicinal properties.

Ginger Essential Oil is extracted from the unpeeled or dried ground-up root of the plant through a process of steam distillation.

History of Ginger Essential Oil

A treasured commodity

In the 13th and 14th centuries, ginger was valued so much that a pound of the ingredient costed the same amount as a sheep.

Magic bullet

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Ayurvedic medicine considers ginger as a ‘Universal Remedy’”.

Ancient uses

Ginger was used by the Romans and Greeks for various treatments, from its use as a spice to its benefits as an early digestive.

Facts about Ginger Essential Oil

#1

Be bold

Ginger Essential Oil earned its title as “the Oil of Empowerment” thanks to its ability to inspire confidence in its takers. It encourages courage and self-awareness, while eliminating fear and self-doubt.

#2

The oil of love

Over the years, Ginger Oil has been found to work as a natural aphrodisiac. It has been shown to increase sexual desire thanks to its warming and stimulating properties.

Other Essential Oils such as Black Pepper Oil and Rose Oil are also believed to be powerful aphrodisiacs.

#3

All in a name

The scientific name for ginger, ‘Zingiber’, originates from the Sanskrit ‘sringabera’, which means ‘horn shape’, thanks to its similar appearance.With a multitude of benefits for your mind, body and health, take advantage of Ginger Essential Oil’s warming and healing properties by incorporating it into your daily rituals.