The Science of Ginger

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The ginger plant has a long history of use in traditional health practices dating back over 2500 years1,2. doTERRA’s Ginger essential oil is sourced from Madagascar and extracted from the fresh root system. Whether you add a few drops to your morning tea or diffuse for a soothing aromatic experience, Ginger makes a great addition to your essential oil toolkit.

Chemistry of Ginger

Every aromatic molecule is made of carbon atoms joined by chemical bonds. In the case of Ginger, zingiberene is the predominant compound. This sesquiterpene is primarily responsible for Ginger’s distinctly spicy aroma and flavor.

Another main constituent found within Ginger is sesquiphellandrene. As its name suggests, this compound also has 15 carbon molecules and is therefore a sesquiterpene. Scientists have studied this compound and discovered through in vitro research that it may help support healthy immune and respiratory function. While more research is required, internal use of an oil containing this compound might lend support to these body systems3.*

Uses and Benefits

Thanks to its slightly sweet yet warm and spicy profile, you can use Ginger in various ways. If you’re looking to implement this oil into your routine, try some of the ideas below:

  • Diffuse Ginger alone or with complementary oils such as Peppermint or Cardamom to help manage feelings of nausea4-6.
  • For an uplifting aroma, place a few drops into your palms and inhale deeply7.
  • The soothing properties of Ginger make it a great option for an abdomen, neck, or foot massage. Just be sure to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil before applying topically.
  • For extra digestive support, add a few drops to any of your favorite drinks or green smoothies.*

Ginger for the Win

Extracted from the Zingiber officinale plant, Ginger essential oil has been used through the ages as a tool for health and wellness. Whether you are experiencing occasional nausea or simply want an extra boost of flavor, try Ginger.* 


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