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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Hydrosol

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Latin Name : Zingiber officinale
English Name : Ginger
French Name : Gingembre
Family : Zingiberaceae
Origin : Madagascar

History and Origin

Ginger is a perennial plant from Asia. Its rhizome has been used as a condiment, food and medicine for more than 5000 years. Ginger was one of the first spices brought to Europe by arabic merchants, more than a century before our age. It was named “zenj”, which also meant the people of the East coast of Africa, region from which ginger was imported and origin of the word “Zanzibar”. Ginger has also been transplanted to South America. Today, it is cultivated almost all around the world. Writings from Dioscoride and the Roman Pliny the elder mention the use of ginger in anti-poison preparations, and as an aphrodisiac, antiseptic and carminative. In China, sailors masticate chunks of ginger to prevent sea sickness and nausea. Women also chew on ginger, but during pregnancy, to prevent morning nausea. The essential oil is used diluted to treat rheumatisms, arthritis and muscular pain in compresses or in massage. Here is an abstract of an english veterinarian treaty from the School of Salerne:

“For cold stomach, kidneys and lungs,
Burning ginger opposes with passion,
It quenches thirst, revives and excites the brain,
In the old, it awakens a young and renewed love.”

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma and taste: Delicious. All the great taste of ginger without the spicy edge, so typical from the fresh rhizome. Enjoy daily!!
Stability and Shelf Life: Stable. The hydrosol can easily lasts between 18 and 24 months.  
Properties and Applications:

Ginger hydrosol, highly pleasant, is an excellent digestive and sexual tonic. It is used effectively in cases of constipation and impotence.

Anticatarrhal and expectorant, it can be used to treat chronic bronchitis as well as various respiratory disorders.

Combined with cinnamon, it is very helpful to relief troubles related to the digestive system. 
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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols, The next aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press