Botanical Name: Zingiber officinalis
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Ginger is a perennial herb and grows to about 3 – 4 feet high (approximately 1 meter). It has a characteristic thick spreading tuberous rhizome.
Color: Light Yellow
Aroma Strength: Medium to Strong
Blends well with: Ginger blends well with Bergamot, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang, and other spice oils.
Aromatic Scent: Ginger has a warm, spicy, woody scent with a hint of lemon and pepper.
History: The plant is said to originate from India, China and Java, but is also native to Africa and the West Indies. It is believed that Ginger was brought to Europe between the 10th and 15th century as both a condiment and spice. It has been used for medicinal purposes since the ancient times; it is recorded specifically in both Sanskrit and Chinese texts. It is also mentioned in literature from the Greeks, Romans, and Arabians.
Cautions: Ginger can irritate sensitive skin and is photo-toxic. Sun exposure is to be avoided after application.