Whether it’s an upset tummy, nausea, bloating, travel sickness or general tummy discomfort, Ginger oil is one of my go to oils. Ginger is termed as a spice and has a strong association with the digestive system helping to settle it when it’s out of kilter. It’s been around for a while, according to Salvatore Battaglia’s wonderful book (The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy) the first known recorded use of Ginger was in China circa 500 BC, by Confucius no less!
Ginger essential oil (zingiber officinale) is distilled from the root and up until recently I only came across oil distilled from the dried root or by a Co2 extraction which was my preference. Recently I am besotted by an organic Ginger oil from Madagascar which is steam distilled from FRESH ginger root and it smells divine. With eyes closed while inhaling this oil you would think you had just minced large quantities of fresh ginger root. Aromatically speaking it is fresh, cleansing, woody, warm and spicy.
In aromatherapy it considered to be a soothing tonic to the digestive system. For this purpose it blends well with Spearmint or Peppermint oils and another digestive hero Cardamon oil. This is a super soothing tummy blend, feels a bit like a warm comforting blanket! I tend to opt for Aloe Vera Gel as a carrier for tummy applications as it dries in quickly without any oily residue.
For younger children Spearmint is a gentle oil and with it’s sweet aroma is quite appealing to children.
SUPER SOOTHING TUMMY BLEND (Approx 2% Dilution)
1 Tablespoon of Carrier (Vegetable oil or Aloe Vera Gel)
4 Drops of Ginger
3 Drops of Peppermint or Spearmint
3 Drops of Cardamon
(For children mix 1 drop of each of the above e.oils with carrier)
Avoid using Peppermint oil on children under 3 years of age.
It is generally recommended that only Lavender & Roman Camomile essential oils be used on babies (3 years and under) at a 0.5% dilution or less (1-3 drops in 10ml carrier)
With applications on the tummy area ALWAYS WORK IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION. This follows the natural direction of the peristaltic movement in the gut.
THE WARMTH OF GINGER……. muscles, joints & chilblains
Tempted to stop at tummy’s, I can’t where Ginger oil is concerned!! Ginger is extremely useful when feeling cold or suffering from poor circulation. Often used in blends for joint and muscular pain (or in a compress). For both purposes it blends well with Black Pepper oil, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary and Lavender.
This blend could be used for chilblains. Having spent a childhood in welly boots and on horseback, freezing blocks of ice for feet led to chilblains. I successfully rid myself of these pesky and painful visitors by applying a similar blend at least once a day, for adults try a 3% strength: 15 drops (total) of above oils in 10ml / 1 tablespoon of carrier. It did take a few months and following winters I used the blend as a preventative measure.
The combination of the oils together with the action of massage will improve circulation locally provided applications are regular . Placing your frozen feet or hands directly near heat, while tempting is not recommended and can exacerbate the condition. Being vigilant with gloves / socks and proper footwear can help prevent chilblains from developing.
Poor circulation can be improved by a number of different herbal remedies and supplements, seek advise from your local health store to effectively address this.
In a burner / diffuser, Ginger and Mandarin oils sing harmoniously together.
All things Aromatic to you all throughout 2016!