Ginger root is a tropical perennial herb that grows up to four feet tall with reed-like stems, narrow, spear-shaped leaves, and yellow flowers with purple markings. It is native to southern Asia, and has become a popular cultivar in the tropical regions of Nigeria, the West Indies, India, China, Jamaica and Japan.
About The Oil
We offer two Ginger essential oils: one is a CO2 extract thought to be better for the musculoskeletal system, and the other is steam distilled and thought to be better for the digestive system.
The CO2 Ginger essential oil is called a ‘total’ extract, because the CO2 method used yields a greater number of aromatic compounds from Ginger than other methods of distillation. The pale yellow liquid from the plant’s root has a fresh woody-spicy aroma with a rich middle to bass note.
The steam distilled Ginger essential oil is said to have 100 identifiable constituents. This includes of gingerol, the active ingredient of ginger root that makes it ideal for digestive support.
Ginger was one of the first commodities to travel the spice route from Asia to Europe and take up a notable residence on the shelves of ancient Greek and Roman physicians.
It has a long history of healing for its warming, digestion stimulating properties. Ginger oil has been used for centuries to alleviate motion sickness and as a general digestive tonic for upset stomachs. In Ayurvedic cooking, it is added to dishes to enhance a meal’s digestibility. Interestingly, ginger essential oil has been noted to assist other essential oils in reaching their target organs.