Hot, spicy, earthy, and sweet, Ginger is the world’s most widely cultivated spice and people have been enjoying its many benefits for over 5,000 years. A relative of cardamom and turmeric, ginger is native to Asia, where it is used as digestive tonic and an integral ingredient in curries, soups, and stir fries. Traditional Chinese health practices suggests ginger for its warming and stimulating effects, while Ayurvedic practices focus on ginger's digestive benefits. In ancient Greece, people ate thin slices of ginger wrapped in bread to aid digestion. In Europe, this idea evolved into grating the ginger rhizome into the bread dough and gingerbread was born. During the Middle Ages, gingerbread guilds controlled the production of this valuable sweet which was enjoyed for its flavor as well as its ability to support healthy digestion.
Ginger oil uses and benefits
Fun fact: The scientific name for ginger, 'Zingiber', is derived from the Greek zingiberis which comes from the Sanskrit sringabera, meaning 'horn shaped'.
Diffuser blends to try:
1 drop Cinnamon Bark
3 drops Ginger
6 drops Wild Orange
3 drops Wild Orange
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Ginger essential oil is taken from the rhizome, or underground stem, of the ginger plant. A highly aromatic plant, ginger has thick roots, long shoots with leaves, and pale flowers—though the rhizome or root of the ginger plant is most useful for flavoring and other applications. For centuries, the ginger root has been used in cooking practices to add flavor, or dried and powdered as a spice.
Chemistry of Ginger oil
The main chemical constituents of Ginger Oil are: Camphene, B-Phellandrene, α-Pinene, Geranial, Zingiberene, β-Bisabolene, β-Sesquiphellandrene and Curcumene. Sesquiterpenes, Zingiberene and Sesquiphellandrene contribute to digestive health when used internally. They also promote the grounding and balance of emotions when used aromatically. Alpha Zingiberene is what gives ginger its distinct taste.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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