Ginger Essential Oil comes from the fresh rhizome (the underground stalk of the plant that shoots out the root system) of the ginger plant. doTERRA Ginger comes from Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa – the fourth largest island in the world. The essential oil is obtained in a steam distillation process of the rhizome. In aromatherapy, ginger can help create a sense of equilibrium.
Ginger is a member of a plant family that includes cardamom and turmeric. It is an ingredient in many Asian dishes; however, this herb is much more than a flavor enhancer. Aside from its warm, fresh, and spicy aroma, this oil is celebrated worldwide and delivers a wide range of benefits from a variety of uses. The essential oil of the fresh ginger root helps promote overall digestive health and reduce occasional nausea.
Ginger Essential Oil History
For thousands of years, the ginger root has been one of the world’s most valued spices. It is believed ginger was used as a flavoring agent long before the formal recording of history.
Ginger was one of the first products to travel the spice route from Asia to Europe, where both the Greeks and Romans made extensive use of it. The Romans would add ginger to their wine because they thought it had aphrodisiac powers.
Experts believe the Indians and Chinese produced ginger as a tonic root for over 5000 years to treat many ailments. Gingerbread came from the ancient Greeks 4,000 years ago. By medieval times, ginger was being imported in preserved form for use in sweets. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the value of a pound of ginger was equivalent to the cost of a sheep.
Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) is credited with the invention of the gingerbread man, which would become a favorite Christmas treat. Ginger has been made into candy, or wine commercially since 1740.
Ginger Essential Oil Uses
Ginger is perhaps best known as a digestive aid and for helping ease occasional indigestion. To reduce feelings of nausea, inhale the essential oils apply topically over the stomach. Other uses of Ginger include:
- Diffuse to create an effect that is warming, energizing, and revitalizing – great for a late afternoon pick-me-up.
- During a long car ride, diffuse or place a drop of ginger in the palm of your hand and inhale.
- Delivers antioxidant protection.
- Great to add to food for enhanced flavor.
- May help reduce occasional nausea.
- Dilute a few drops in water to help reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.
- May help to support healthy digestion.
- Use Ginger essential oil in your favorite sweet and savory dishes (1-2 drops in place of whole ginger).
- Apply over lower abdomen for a soothing massage.
- Use with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a stimulating massage.
For a soothing, diffuser blend, try three drops of Wild Orange, two drops of Ylang Ylang, and two drops of Ginger essential oil in your favorite diffuser.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse ginger essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep ginger essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using ginger oil.