Ginger is a perennial herb and grows to about 3 – 4 feet high (approximately 1 meter). It has a characteristic thick spreading tuberous rhizome.
Ginger oil is believed by aromatherapists to be applicable for colds and flu, nausea (motion sickness, morning sickness) muscle aches (particularly the back), circulation issues and arthritic pain. It also has warming properties that help to combat loneliness, and depression. Ginger is also viewed as an aphrodisiac based on it’s energizing properties.
Ginger blends well with bergamot, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, and other spice oils.
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.
Ginger can irritate sensitive skin and is photo-toxic. Sun exposure is to be avoided after application.