If you think Ginger is only for delicious Asian cuisine, think again!
This warming essential oil is a terrific addition to blends for
painful conditions and to help increase circulation. 

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   Essential Oil of Ginger
Zingiber officinale 

Fragrant Friday Ginger Root

My personal relationship with Ginger Essential Oil

It took me a long time to fall in love with Ginger. I had a hard time getting past the Chinese food image in my head whenever I used it. But with time and witnessing some amazing pain relief from my massage clients, I’ve come to regard Ginger as a comforting and valuable friend.

The Foundations

Note: Middle (To learn more about aromatic notes, this blog post explains them)

Geographical source: China, Madagascar, India

Plant Part: Rhizome (Root)

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Oil Characteristics: Sweet, Warm, and Spicy

Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenols, Aldehydes, Oxides.

Learn More About Essential Oil Chemistry and Chemical Families:

Listen to these Aromatic Wisdom Podcast Episodes: 
AWP 008: Why Every Aromatherapist Should earn Essential Oil Chemistry
AWP 032: Essential Oil Chemical Families (Beginners Guide)
Read this Aromatic Wisdom Blog Post
Cheat Sheet: Ten Essential Oil Chemical Families and their General Characteristics

Therapeutic Properties:


  • Analgesic, offering relief to painful conditions
  • A nice alternative to Peppermint for bouts of nausea
  • Antispasmodic, offering relief spasms
  • Generates localized increase in blood flow and circulation by irritation of the skin
  • May reduce pain and inflammation
  • Helps to warm the area of application

Learn More About Aromatherapy Terms: Glossary of the 40 Most Common Essential Oil Properties and Aromatherapy Terms

Some Suggested Ways to Use Ginger Essential Oil:

  • For mucous and congestion, try a warm compress with Ginger essential oil placed on the chest, or rubbed into the chest in a salve blend.
  • Because of Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, be sure to include a few drops in blends designed for arthritis and muscle or joint pain, along with Spike Lavender, Plai, Marjoram, and Black Pepper.
  • Good for nausea caused by traveling, pregnancy, and chemotherapy, but be careful in an inhaler as it may be irritating to the mucous membranes.

Want to make your own blends?
Here are some great Dilution Guidelines for safely making
your own essential oil formulas!

Ginger Essential Oil Blends Well Aromatically With These Essential Oils:

All the citrus oils, especially Orange and Mandarin plus spice oils like Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon, and Black Pepper.

Subtle Properties (vibrational and energetic):

Ginger root is both strong and fiery making it a superb choice when you need a boost in your personal inner strength, willpower, and motivation, especially when combined with Black Pepper.

Joint Pain Relief
5 drops Ginger Essential Oil
5 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Marjoram  Essential Oil

Directions: Blend the drops from the above list of essential oils with 1 oz (30 ml) of unscented lotion, and rub directly into the painful area where increased warmth and circulation are desired.

Safety Information on Ginger Essential Oil:

Ginger is considered non-toxic, however, it may cause skin irritation for anyone with sensitive skin, especially children. Use in low dilution for topical application.

Where to Buy Essential Oils:

Suggested Essential Oil Suppliers – with GC/MS reports

Suggested Essential Oil Suppliers – without GC/MS reports


  • Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition
  • Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
  • Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. Revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999
  • Price S. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Churchill Livingstone, 1995

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