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.

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,

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


Sesquiterpene: 50%  camphene, bisabolene,



Sesquiterpene alcohols:


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



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