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 Ginger Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Ginger

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Oil Name:Ginger
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Parts of plant used:Rhizome
Botanical Name:Zingiber Officinalis
Aroma:Warm, citric and spicy

Ginger Essential Oil:

 Ginger has managed to work its way into all the different uses of herbs since ancient times. From Ancient Arabian and Greek times it was highly esteemed for its culinary and pharmaceutical properties.

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Ginger Essential Oil Properties and Use:

WoundsBruisingEczema
ImpotenceArthritisRheumatism
Cardiovascular TonicMuscle PainNausea
Digestive TonicDiarrhoeaCatarrh
ColdsInfluenzaAnalgesic
FebrifugeStimulantSudorific
AphrodisiacCarminativeExpectorant
AntiemeticAntisepticAntiscorbutic

Ginger Essential Oil Constituents:

Gingerenones: A Diarylheptenone. Gingerenone A, B and C have antifungal properties

 

Gingerol:

Responsible for the aroma and distinctive taste of Ginger this phenolic arylakanone has been researched due to its apparent hepaprotective effect on rats in the laboratory.

Gingerols are derived from phenylpropane with extended linear hydrocarbon chains. Gingerol is a cholagogue.

Gingerol should be avoided during pregnancy.

 

Curcumin: A pigment found mostly in Turmeric. A Phenolic Aryakanone or Diarylheptanoid.

Curcumin has hepaprotective, hypotensive and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Citral: A Monoterpene Aldehyde consisting of isomers geranial and neral which combined are known as Citral.

Citral has sedative, antiviral and antibacterial effects.

Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial, citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing nausea and diarrhoea.

For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Geranial
Citronellal
Neral
Citral
Cinnamic Aldehyde
Benzaldehyde

 

 

Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.

Cineole is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to confirm this.

Borneol: One of the terpene alcohols, found most abundantly in rosemary oil, has many of the properties of other terpene alcohols. It is used as a skin tonic, a local anaesthetic, sedative and antispasmodic.

Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance, gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

Camphene: No current data available

 

 
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