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romatherapy Materia Medica
 


Ginger
(Zingiber officinale)

© Kathi Keville, Mindy Green
 (Excerpted from Aromatherapy)

Native to the tropics, ginger's thin, broad leaves are attached to a surprisingly succulent, spicy rhizome. The herb originated near the Indian Ocean, but it is now grown throughout the tropics.

Family: Zingiberaceae
Extraction: Distilled from unpeeled, ground rhizome. Absolute, concrete and CO2. The fragrance is spicy, warm and sharp.
Medicinal Action: Ginger oil treats colds, fevers, appetite loss, indigestion, nausea, and genital, urinary and lung infections, and is anti-inflammatory. It makes a warming liniment. It destroys many types of intestinal parasites. Studies show it increases drug and herb absorption, normalizes blood pressure and helps protect the liver.
Emotional Attribute: Ginger is a stimulant and aphrodisiac.

Associated Oil:
Galanga (Alpina officinalis) --This native of China has actions similar to ginger. It is often confused with "false-ginger" (Kaemferia galanga) oil.

About The Author
Kathi Keville has studied herbs since 1969. Her attraction to fragrant plants led to an involvement in aromatherapy. Her other books include Herbs for Health and Healing;......more
 
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