Spicy, warm, and comforting. Perhaps Ginger’s biggest claim to fame is aiding in digestion. You’ve probably used ginger in some form to settle an upset tummy for yourself or a loved one. Ginger essential oil contains the highest concentration of gingerol, which exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has been used for centuries as a flavoring in many different cuisines.
Ginger is known as the “oil of empowerment.” It inspires feelings of confidence and strength. Use ginger essential oil to enhance your overall mood and stimulate the senses.
Ginger Essential Oil
Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae
- Canton ginger
- Common ginger
Steam distilled from the rhizomes, or underground stems, of the ginger plant.
Ginger’s history of medicinal uses can be traced back to Greek and Roman times. It is thought to have originated in China and India. Ginger joined the spice trade in Europe as early as the 10th century.
- Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardamom.
- Ginger is not a plant itself, but rather it is the root of another plant.
- It was highly valuable for trading in the 13th and 14th century. It is rumored that one pound of ginger could be traded for one sheep.
- Ginger gets its name from the Sanskrit word “srngaveram” meaning “horn root.”
Aroma and Tips for Blending
- Ginger is considered both a middle note and a base when blending with other essential oils.
- Its aroma is warm, spicy, and stimulating.
- Blend ginger with oils like cedarwood, eucalyptus, rosemary, ylang ylang, and even citrus oils.
Uses for Ginger
- Add 1-2 drops of Ginger Vitality to hot tea for a stomach-soothing tonic.
- Combine with a quality carrier oil and apply to your stomach after a meal.
- Use a toothpick swirl of Ginger Vitality to add flavor to a dish or bring a unique taste to beverages.
- Diffuse ginger in your home to influence the surroundings.
- Add 1-2 drops of Ginger Vitality to a vegetable capsule and take internally.
- Mix ginger with a carrier oil and rub on sore muscles following a strenuous workout.
- Substitute 1 drop of Ginger Vitality for fresh or dried ginger in a recipe.
*Only Ginger Vitality Essential Oil by Young Living is labeled for internal use. If you plan on ingesting Ginger, be sure that you are only using therapeutic grade essential oils marked with the Vitality label. Get more information about Vitality essential oils here.
Recipes Featuring Ginger Essential Oil
- Add a bit of spice to a classic holiday dish in this Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce.
- When the weather warms up, get outside and get your grill on! Try these 3 Easy Grilling Marinades Infused with Essential Oils at your next barbeque.
- Make this deliciously tasty Pear-Apple Pie recipe with ginger, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. It’s the perfect summer pie!
- This Pumpkin Bread is fantastic for the fall and winter. The warmth of ginger will surely brighten up your season.
- These Chewy Ginger Cookies give you all the delicious flavors of fresh gingerbread, but they are surprisingly moist and soft.
- Scones don’t have to be dry and boring! Make these Blueberry Cardamom Scones and enjoy the sweet berries with the punch of ginger.
- Beat the afternoon slump with a Chai Tea Latte. You only need one drop to experience the unique combination of ginger and lemongrass.
- Let ginger empower you and keep you alert with 6 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Focus.
- Create a warm and cozy environment to cherish the season with these 10 Winter Diffuser Blends.
- The spicy aroma of ginger will warm your heart and your home in these 9 Fall Harvest Diffuser Blend Recipes.
- Ginger Vitality makes an appearance in our 10 NingXia Red Shot Recipes Using Vitality Essential Oils.
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