Ginger Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar
Ginger Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar
Ginger Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar

Ginger Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar

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Ginger Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar

Batch: GI2023001B


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Botanical name: Zingiber officinale


Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae


Extraction method: steam distillation


Plant part used: unpeeled, dried, ground rhizome


Cultivation method: organic cultivation


Country of origin: Native to southern Asia and extensively cultivated in Nigeria, the West Indies, India, China, Jamaica and Japan. Our oil comes from Madagascar.


Historical notes:


The first written record of ginger can be found in the ‘Analects of Confucius’, written in China during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). It mentions that Confucius consumed ginger with every meal. It is also said that ginger was grown in pots and carried on Chinese ships to prevent scurvy.


Ginger was introduced to the Mediterranean by the Arabs. Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist - Dioscorides (40–90 AD) - and Roman author, naturalist and philosopher, Pliny the Elder (24–79 AD) both describe the plant and its uses. Raw and preserved ginger was later imported into Europe during the Middle Ages – where it was considered a privileged good and described in the official pharmacopoeias of several countries.  In 14th century England, a pound of ginger cost as much as a sheep!


The origins of the term "ginger" are thought to be from the Old English (mid-14th century) ‘gingifer’, which in turn derives from the Medieval Latin ‘gingiber’ from the Greek ζιγγίβερις zingiberis. The Greek word stemes from the Prakrit (Middle Indic) ‘singabera’, and ‘singabera’ from the Sanskrit ‘srngaveram’. The Sanskrit word is thought to come from an ancient Dravidian word that also produced the Tamil and Malayalam term ‘inchi-ver’ (from inchi, "root").


Biochemical class: sesquiterpene


Principal constituents: zingiberene 33.01%, β-sesquiphellandrene 12.50%, α-curcumene 7.86%, 1,8-cineole/β-phellandrene 6.80%, camphene 5.86%, β-bisabolene 5.40%, α -farnesene 5.30%, α -pinene 1.73%, germacrene d 1.71%, limonene 1.15%, borneol 0.90%, myrcene 0.87%, β -cubebene/betaelemene 0.70%, α -copaene 0.35%, neral 0.30%, geraniol 0.24%, linalool 0.23%,  β -pinene 0.23%, geranial 0.22%, 2-undecanone 0.22%, geranyl acetate 0.20%, terpinolene 0.20%,  citronellol 0.14%, citronellal 0.09%, camphor 0.07%


Colour: pale yellow

Consistency: thin

Aroma strength: medium - strong

Perfumery note: middle/base

Aroma: warm, earthy, spicy and woody, somewhat dusty

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:     


Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments ginger essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties: analgesic, anti-bacterial, antiemetic, antiviral, carminative, choleretic, expectorant, febrifuge, grounding, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic


Qualified aromatherapists may use ginger essential oil for common complaints such as:


  • Muscular and joint aches and pains – rheumatism, arthritis, muscular and joint aches and pains,
  • Digestive issues – flatulence and nausea (travel and pregnancy), indigestion
  • Circulatory problems – poor circulation, cold hands and feet, feeling sluggish, warming
  • Respiratory issues - catarrh, cough, sinusitis, sore throat, cold and flu, bronchial congestion
  • Others


How we use it:

Inhalation / Vapourisation:

  • For catarrh/bronchial congestion - try a couple of drops in an aroma inhaler. Try blended with niaouli, cajeput, fragonia, peppermint or tea tree.
  • For travel sickness or nausea - try a couple of drops on a tissue or in an aroma inhaler. Try blended with cardamom or peppermint.

Skin application:

  • For muscular aches and pains – try blending with oils such as black pepper, pine or rosemary. Dilute appropriately in a ‘carrier’ oil and massage the affected areas.

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information

Safety considerations:


Tisserand and Young do not indicate any known hazards or contraindications for the use of Ginger Oil. Some sources do indicate that Ginger Oil is phototoxic. However, Tisserand and Young state that "Low-level phototoxic effects reported for ginger oil are not considered significant (Opdyke 1974 p. 910-902)." Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 295.]


Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.