J.Hannah Co. Botanical Friday: Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) always reminds me of happy things. Ginger rhizomes are a prevalent spice in cooking but the oil also has excellent uses in natural perfumery. This is a top note essential oil that pairs nicely with citrus oils and compliments florals. In my practice I love to add it to lift the top of a perfume, especially if it feels weighted or heavy. Though dose with caution because a little goes a long way.

When sourcing this oil I try to avoid the muddled versions and hunt for the bright full oils that smell like the fresh cut ginger root not like the dried versions.

Photo by: Frank C. Müller, Baden-Baden - Self-photographed.

Photo by: Frank C. Müller, Baden-Baden - Self-photographed.

In aromatherapy this oil can be a very useful aid to digestive issues. Just a couple drops in warm water and you have a soothing tea for an upset stomach.

No matter how you cut it, ginger is an excellent addition to your natural aromatic materials.