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February 12, 2013

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil is the best anti-nausea remedy for travel sickness and upset stomach. I always travel with ginger essential oil, especially if I’m travelling by boat. I mix it with peppermint essential oil to balance the heat of the ginger with the cooling of the peppermint, which is a great digestive treatment for nausea in its own right. It is my favourite combination for travel.

Ginger is one of the five noble spices along with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and black pepper, and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use.

Ginger is a perennial reed-like plant with annual foliage that can reach 3-4 feet and grows in hot climates. Clusters of white and pink buds bloom into white flowers.

 The rhizomes are the fleshy roots used in cooking, pickling, beverages and medicine.

Ginger essential oil is the best natural remedy for motion sickness and nausea. It is also a great remedy for colds, fatigue and poor circulation, because of its heating abilities.

The CO2 extraction has more constituents that make it hotter than the steam distilled oils and shouldn’t be used in the bath.

It is a hot stimulant so please exercise caution.

COMMON NAME GINGER
Latin Name Zingiber officinale
Family Zingiberaceae
Country of Origin Native to Asia, China, West Indies, India, Jamaica,
Volatility Base note
Extraction Steam distilled or CO2 extraction of rhizomes (roots)
Colour pale green yellow, darkens with age
Aroma warm, spicy, sweet, pungent
Caution Contraindications May irritate skin, very warming. Do not put CO2 extraction into a bath or take internally, it is very HOT.
Primary Uses Digestion: stimulates appetite, relieves cramps, indigestion, ulcers, constipation/diarrhoea, liver congestion, motion/travel sickness, nausea, heartburn, gas

 

Circulation: warming, stimulating,

 

Cardiovascular: regulates blood pressure,

 

Respiratory  Immune: fever, flu, colds,

arthritis, fatigue

 

Properties Antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antifungal, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic (digestive) appetite stimulant, blood pressure normaliser, cardiac, warming carminative, cholagogue, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, stimulating expectorant, febrifuge, immune stimulant, nervine, pancreatic, rubefacient, stomachic, neural peripheral vasodilator, hot stimulant,
Constituents  

Monoterpene alcohols: >.5% gingerol, gingerone, zingebernol,

 

Sesquiterpene: 50%  camphene, bisabolene,

 

 

Sesquiterpene alcohols:

 

Monoterpenes: zingiberene 20-30% B-pinene, limonene, phellandrene,

 

February 12, 2013

Ginger Rhizome Treats Travel Sickness, Nausea and Colds

Ginger is such a staple at my house especially in the colder months, because of its warming capabilities. I cook with it, make tea, use the tincture and essential oil.

Ginger essential oil is the best anti-nausea remedy for travel sickness and upset stomach. I always travel with ginger essential oil, especially if I’m travelling by boat. I mix it with peppermint essential oil to balance the heat of the ginger with the cooling of the peppermint, which is a great digestive treatment for nausea in its own right. It is my favourite combination for travel.

Learn more about Ginger Essential Oil http://earthelixir.ca/2013/02/12/ginger-essential-oil/

Ginger is very popular in many culinary arts and is also used medicinally as a warming stimulant to treat all kinds of digestive and respiratory complaints. It treats colds, digestive upset, soothes the stomach, and is especially good for cold conditions like chills, colds, flu, and poor circulation.

Learn how to make a ginger tincture-> http://earthelixir.ca/herbs/diy-herbal-tinctures/

Common Name

 

Ginger rhizome
Latin Name

 

Zingiber officinale
Family Zingiberaceae
Parts Used Perennial – rhizome
Target Organs circulatory, cardiovascular, digestion, liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, reproductive
Common Uses Digestion: stimulates appetite, relieves cramps, indigestion, ulcers, constipation/diarrhoea, liver congestion, motion/travel sickness, nausea, heartburn, gas

Circulation: warming, stimulating,

Cardiovascular: regulates blood pressure,

Respiratory  Immune: fever, flu, colds,

arthritis, fatigue

 

Properties Antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antifungal, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory(local, systemic) antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic(digestive) antithrombotic, antiulcerogenic, aperient, appetite stimulant, blood pressure normaliser, cardiac, warming carminative, cholagogue, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, stimulating expectorant, febrifuge, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, nervine, pancreatic, rubefacient, stomachic, neural peripheral vasodilator, hot stimulant,
Constituents Sesquiterpene: camphene -50% bisabolene,

Monoterpenes: zingiberene 20-30% pinene, limonene, phellandrene,

Monoterpene alcohols: >.5% gingerol, gingerone, zingebernol,

Sesquiterpene alcohols:

Cautions mild remedy: Hot stimulant
Dosage Tincture: 5-10% in formulations

Tea: 2 tsp. Grated fresh steep 10 min

Essential Oil

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