As early as the time of Confucius, the Chinese have grown and used ginger as both a medicine and a food. In ancient Asia, as today, it was valued for its ability to build fire, both as a digestive and as an aphrodisiac. The Mahabharata, a Hindu text written around 4 BCE, recorded the use of ginger as an ingredient in stewed meat dishes. The Kama Sutra goes on to suggest ginger as an effective means for arousing sexual energies. In ancient Auryvedic practice, ginger was often called the “universal medicine” because it’s generally good for all the doshas although it has special affinity for the kapha dosha. Even the Koran includes ginger in the feasts of Paradise. – from The Practical Herbalist
Plant appearance: Ginger is a perennial herb, where the rhizomes (like long roots) are used to make essential oil or are powdered, sliced, pickled for cooking. It is highly revered by the Chinese as a medicine. It is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. It is used as an ingredient in exotic perfumes. It is used in cooking to make both sweet and savory dishes. It is used for making ginger beer and wine.
Oil appearance: Ginger’s essential oil (EO) is a pale yellow to dark yellow liquid.
Therapeutic uses: fractures, rheumatism, arthritis, muscle fatigue or weakness, numbness, menstrual cramps, GI spasms, digestive problems, flatulence, diverticulosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS,) constipation, nausea, sea or travel sickness, colds, chills, influenza, sinus congestion, circulation tonic, Raynaud’s disease, cold limbs, nervousness, mental exhaustion, general debility.
Safety precautions: none, except do not put on the skin at full strength. GRAS
Memory Enhancement Blend
Ginger EO 7 drops
Lemon EO 8 drops
Cardamom EO 10 drops
Black Pepper EO 5 drops
Combine oils in order and store in a small bottle. One method is to put 2 drops on a kleenex and breathe it in. Another is to put 8 drops of the blend in a small spray bottle then fill the bottle up with water, shake, and use it as a room spray. 8 drops can be put into a diffuser as well.