Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Country origin: Asia especially India. Jamaica, Nigeria
Odour profile: Warm, green, fresh, woody, spicy
Remedy profile: Stimulating, tonic, warming, digestive
Ginger is a fragrant, thick rooted herb popular the world over in food and drinks. As well as adding a zing to your curries, cakes and cocktails the health benefits of ginger are plentiful.
Ginger is more than just a food ingredient though…it’s an incredible essential oil and is often found in Aroma Restoratives aromatherapy blends due to its warming and healing properties. Here’s why;
Circulatory system: Ginger stimulates the circulation which helps ease blood vessel problems such as varicose veins.
Skin: Stimulated circulation helps heal bruises and chilblains.
Muscular system: A wonderful tonic for aching muscles. Ginger relieves cramps, muscle spasms and sprains. It’s especially beneficial for sports injuries.
Skeletal system: Eases joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism, back spasms and lower toothache.
Nervous system: Ginger warms the emotions as well as the circulation, making it a great choice if feeling lethargic and fatigued. It heightens the senses and improves memory. It’s also an analgesic so can help relieve neuralgia pain.
Digestive system: A stimulant and tonic at the same time. It settles nausea, motion sickness, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence and seasickness. It’s also been known to help a hangover!
Respiratory system: As an expectorant it helps to fluidify, thus removes mucous from lunges and respiratory passages. Therefore it’s especially good for easing cold and flu symptoms, catarrh, sore
throats, fever and runny noses.
The next time you are suffering from a cold or had an energetic workout add some ginger to your food or sip on a ginger tea and see the benefits.
Aroma Restoratives uses ginger in our ‘muscle relief’ blend oil. If you think ginger could treat your conditions consider a bespoke aromatherapy treatment course for £160 which includes a full consultation, 3 x 60 minute massages and oil blends to keep. Click here for more information.
Ginger essential oil should never be applied neatly onto skin, for best results blend with a carrier oil.