Ginger is warming and stimulates the circulation and digestion. It is excellent used in winter to warm the body and emotions, both physically and psychologically. It is a tonic of the heart, and is indicated in baths and ,massage for poor circulation, cardiac fatigue and cold hands and feet. Overall, ginger is warming, comforting and fortifying.
Its stimulant properties make ginger useful for poor digestion and flatulence. It is especially good for travel sickness and morning sickness, either sniffed from a tissue or blended into a mood perfume. It is also good in massage when the muscle are tired and aching, particularly when they are cold and contracted. Ginger can be useful in a bath or inhalation when you have a cold or sore throat, as its sharp, piercing fragrance cuts through catarrh and congestion.
Psychologically, ginger is arousing, opulent and stimulating. It is indicated for use in meditation when there is debility through nervous exhaustion. It warms and strengthens the emotions, increases determination and inspires initiative and action to carry plans through to their conclusion. Ginger also helps to blow away the winter blues and is useful in combating Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Use it for
- easing motion sickness
- treating digestive issues
- reducing fever
- increasing libido
- boosting circulation
Main therapeutic properties
- Bath: to easy gastrointestinal ailments, such a bloating, cramps, or gas, take a warm bath with ginger by mixing 3 drops of ginger, 2 drops of cardamom, and 1 drop of cypress into a tablespoon of a carrier oil and add to the bath.
- Diffusion: for a spicy scent that may stoke desire, diffuse ginger along with allspice in the bedroom to create a warm, titillating, environment.
- Massage: for a circulation-boosting massage, add 5 drops of ginger, 3 drops of sweet marjoram, and 2 drops of lavender to 2 tablespoons (30ml) of a carrier oil (scale up as needed). Blend and massage directly into skin.
Contraindications: do not use if you have very sensitive skin. Use no more than 3 drops in the bath and no more than 2 percent in massage oils.
- Scientific Name: Zingiber officinalis
- Family: Zingiberaceae
- Country of Origin: India
- Net Content: 0.34 fl oz/10ml