The oil from Ingwer (Zingiber officinale) is obtained by distillation. It’s warm, hot, very alive with hints of pepper and lemon. It’s grown commercially in tropical countries such as India, China, Java, the West Indies. Apparently Jamaica ginger gets the best odor of all. Ginger is a perennial herb and the white flowering stalks grow up increasing from an irregularly jointed root. In actuality, I have one right in my kitchen with its green shoots growing. It’s an aging ginger and the juice is actually potent.
It’s such a helpful herb to have around the house that it’s popularity inched its way into the world of aromatherapy. Ginger plants were carried onto boats plying the trade route in the Indian Ocean and the South China Seas as far back as the 5th century AD. In the 16th century, ginger has been introduced to Africa and the Caribbean and the Spanish introduced it to the West Indies. The Roman empire considered ginger as an important medicinal herb as opposed to its function in aromatherapy use. Gingerbread man was said to be invented by Queen Elizabeth 1 of England. Together with cinnamon, ginger has been the most wanted spice along the trade routes centuries past.
The Chinese kitchen
It will always have a couple ginger roots around. They used ginger to revive depleted yang energy, cause sweating so toxins can be removed, stimulate and fortify the stomach. My grandma used to make soup with only sliced ginger and pig liver. I didn’t like that very much but got the concept of boiling water with pieces of ginger out of her. Today I drink this ginger tea once a week to expel’wind’ in my body. I’ve something to titillate your taste buds and if you are up for it, try sprinkling little deep fried ginger strips onto a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
Another personal experience I had with ginger was a kid. I wished to have my ears pierced. My mom took me to a jewelry store and the owner rubbed a bit of ginger on my earlobes for 10 minutes. They were numbed and he shot an inch-long part of gold rod to each earlobe with a device, bended them to form the earrings. My face twisted with agony in anticipation of pain which Wasn’t there ( Do not attempt this without the supervision of a specialist. ) Although I rarely wear earrings, the holes in my ears never shut.
Ginger was and still is used in the treatment of colds, dyspepsia, rheumatism, nausea along with the ginger paste is placed on the temples to clear headaches.
Chinese and Ayurvedic practitioners have relied on ginger for at least 3000 years. Its anti inflammatory uses are many and it was considered that when used as a carrier oil, ginger allowed other essential oils to be effective. In Africa, the people used ginger to control malaria and remove yellow fever.
The properties of ginger essential oil
They can be found to improve blood flow, relieve morning sickness, motion sickness, lower cholesterol and relieve chest discomfort. Dilute it in a bath to ease muscle fatigue and massage a combination of ginger and another selected carrier oil onto the stomach to eliminate wind. It’s a cure for impotence when combined with cinnamon and rosemary.
Ginger has become an ingredient in various kinds of food, drink and cuisine worldwide. Ginger ale, ginger candy, ginger tea, ginger biscuits to mention a few and we continue to benefit from ginger in their many forms- fresh, dried, essential oil, powdered and sometimes it can be used as a preservative.
The essential oil of ginger is extremely robust and don’t use it undiluted as it might cause a reaction on sensitive skins. Put a few drops onto an oil burner or a drop on a tissue to inhale the odor.