Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a perennial tropical native of Malabar (India) belongs to the Zingiberaceae family.

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of ginger does not have a very pleasant odour in diffusion. For cooking, one drop of essential oil is enough to perfume a dish for five to six persons.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (geranial, limonene, neral), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, case of anticoagulant treatment or before surgery.

Hair loss
Mix 1 to 2 drops of essential oil of ginger with your dose of shampoo.

Digestion
Mix 3 drops of essential oil of ginger in 3 drops of carrier oil. Apply by massaging the abdomen.

Athlete massage
10 drops of essential oil of ginger, 10 drops of essential oil of rosemary, 5 drops of arnica plant oil. Mix the oils and have a massage before and after exercising.

Stimulation of libido
Apply at the bottom of the back and along the spinal column 3 drops of essential oil of ginger diluted in 1 drop of neutral carrier oil, three times daily.

Take 1 drop of essential oil of ginger on a neutral tablet three times daily for three weeks.

It is about ninety centimetres tall; its persistent leaves are lanceolate. The plant grows from a fleshy and well developed rhizome divided in nodes, which is used in medicine and cooking. After flowering, a club-like spike containing encapsulated seeds appears at the tip of a short scaled stem. The leaves are very fragrant when crushed.

Described over more than three thousand years, especially in the Vedic texts, ginger has been the major remedy of Indian medicine to treatment digestive disorders since time immemorial. Women consumed it during pregnancy to prevent nausea. It was one of the exotic spices, along with pepper, clove and cinnamon, with potent odour and flavour that the Romans went to find in the East to spice their cooking and preserve their meats. It is thus in a high position in the "list of essential spices for the home" written in the 1st century A.D. by the famous gourmet Apicius. Dioscorides and Pliny also attribute aphrodisiac properties to ginger. Its root, in the "Edict of Maximum" from 301 A.D., must be sold 400 denarii a pound, the high price being indicative of its scarcity.

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