Ginger Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Ginger Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Oil Overview

Ginger essential oil varies in colour from light yellow to a dark amber colour. Its viscosity also ranges from medium to watery. It has a strong smell which is spicy, sharp and warm with a hint of lemon and pepper.

Oil Sources

Ginger’s origins are in India, China and Java. Ginger oil is extracted using steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, neral, geraniol, geranial, geranyl acetate, b-bisabolene and zingiberene.


Oriental, Spicy

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, Anti-emetic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Cephalic, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Laxative, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Stomachic, Sudorific, Tonic

Possible Uses

Arthritis, Bruising, Carbuncles, Catarrh, Chills and Fever, Colds and Flu, Colic, Congestion, Coughs, Cramps, Diarrhoea, Fractures, Hangovers, Nausea, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Skin Sores, Sore Throat, Travel and Sea Sickness


Irritant to Sensitive Skin, Photosensitivity: Avoid Sun

Detail of Warnings

Ginger oil is non-toxic and non-irritant (except when used in high concentrations) but could irritate sensitive skins.
It can also cause photosensitivity.
Avoid using in sun.

Compatible Combination Oils

Bergamot, Neroli, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang


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