Did you know in Senegal and Fouta’Djalon, the women use pounded Ginger roots to make belts to around the dormant attention of their husbands?  This aromatic is used widely in oriental fragrances for men and women where it lends a warm sensual spicy quality, and in men’s fragrances for the spicy and spicy-woody type.

In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s says that “The basic theme of ginger revolves around resignation after a long struggle to maintain control.  There can be profound detachment. “

Read more about Ginger essential oil, Ginger CO2 and Ginger Hydrosol.


Latin Binomial: Zingiber officinale

Essential Oil A pale yellow to light brown essential oil.
Extraction Method: Usually steam distilled. A CO² extraction is also available and I find it has a much nicer aroma, more like fresh ginger.
Part Used:  Dried Rhizomes
Yield: 0.25 – 3.3%

Aroma:  Spicy, warm, sharp and pleasant
Odour intensity:  High
Perfume Note:  Has been classified as both a top and a bottom note
Blends well with:  sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, frankincense, rosewood, cedarwood, coriander, rose, lime, neroli, orange and lemon.
Perfume Key Qualities:  Tonic, aphrodisiac, stimulating, warming, cephalic, comforting. 

Cautions:  Use in low concentrations as this oil can cause skin irritations.  According to a report by D.L.J. Opdyke in Food Cosmet. Toxicology, it’s very low phototoxicity is not considered to be significant.


Ginger has analgesic, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, digestive, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic properties.


Ginger allows one to perceive the shadow self and befriend the inner child within by opening up the inner eye.  This can in turn lead to transformations and healing.

  • Chakra: Root and Solar Plexus.  Balances all Chakras.
  • TCM Meridian: Lung, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Bladder, Kidney, Circulation and Triple Warmer.
  • Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Vata, decreases Kapha and Increases Pitta.
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  • Color: Orange, Yellow and Blue.
  • Numerology: Ginger 1; Zingiber officinale 9
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