Care And Cure – Gingergrass Oil

Ginger grass is a perennial…herbaceous plant with slender stem and leaves with flowering tops…The plant has a fresh…sharp…green scent….The oil extracted from Ginger grass has a sharp…woodsy…herbal smell….The color ranges from light golden yellow to amber…Ginger grass is related to the lemongrass herb…and has been distilled since the 18th century in India…It is often used to scent perfumes and in Ayurvedic traditions….Combinations of other essential oils can be used to recreate similar qualities to ginger grass…

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Ginger grass is a close relative of lemongrass and a distant cousin of palmarosa…These family connections give a glimpse of its aroma….Ginger grass has a gentle…spicy aroma with marvelous earth tones…Just when you think you have experienced all the layers of the aroma…a hint of rose surfaces…calming the nerves and raising the spirits….

Ginger grass shoots off the ginger rhizome when you plant it….The grass will grow to be 2 to 4 feet tall at full maturity….In a couple months after planting the ginger…though…you’ll have grass that’s a foot tall….

Ginger plants can grow to about 1 m tall….The upright shoots sprout from the rhizomeat the base of the plant…

Rhizomes…knobbly and fleshy…covered in ring-like scars….This is the important part for food and medicine…Although the rhizomes grow underground…they are swollen stems…not roots….This is why fresh ginger is often referred to as ‘stem ginger’…

Flowers…the flowering spikes sprout directly from the rhizomes and are about 30 cm long….The flowers are purple with a cream-blotched base…

Fruits…red in colour…Each has three chambers containing several small black seeds….Ginger plants that are cultivated in commercial plantations don’t usually bear fruit…

Will tell you a bit about this amazing plant…Ginger…Though I just mentioned it but I’ll prefer repeating…It is a dramatic perennial plant that displays clumps of lance-shaped leaves adorned with green and yellow stripes….Although the non-variegated variety of shell ginger reaches heights as tall as 10 feet at maturity…Variegata grows only to 3 to 4 feet….Shell ginger blooms year-around…but the pink-tipped white flowers are most plentiful during the summer months….The blooms of the Variegata cultivar have a pleasant…spicy aroma….

Have a look at our references…

  1. Growing Ginger Plant by eHow
  2. Grasses by M.Grieve
  3. Ginger Grass by eHOw

Ginger – Miraculous Herb

Some things cannot be confined to the mere pages of a notebook…and the herb Ginger is just one of them….It has myriad uses…be it for diseases….pains….foods….name it and ginger is used for it…One prolific herb and spice I tell you….

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat problems such as

  • Vomiting
  • abdominal bloating
  • diarrhea
  • coughing
  • rheumatism

Tibb and Ayurvedic medicine also uses ginger to treat inflammatory joint diseases including rheumatism and arthritis…

Ginger root is used today to provide relief for symptoms of motion sickness including sweating….vomiting…dizziness….and nausea….No conclusive results were found when studies compared commercial medications with ginger….Signs of similar results between the two did seem apparent in the studies…

Ginger has other uses including relieving arthritis pain…ulcerative colitis…menstrual discomfort…headaches…fevers from flu and colds…and sore throats…Gastrointestinal problems including heartburn and gas can also be treated with ginger….The muscles of the gastrointestinal tract can be strengthened by the use of garlic…Ginger is also used to treat arthritis…both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis…It is thought that garlic can also provide relief for toothaches…but no scientific evidence exists to support this….

Ginger has warming…circulatory and anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a tonic to help normal digestive process…The value of Ginger has been recognized by physicians and herbalists the entire world over…tapping into the incredible benefits of this amazing plant….All this is quite remarkable from a single natural herbal food…

Ginger is helpful in warming the body against winter ills and chills…It is highly valued in the sophisticated world of Chinese healing and is used as a main ingredient in many traditional remedies….The story is basically the same around the world and at the heart of all traditional medicines…whenever digestive problems set in….ginger offers great support….

Talking about….Ginger Grass Oil…It is an essential oil that resembles palmarosa oil but has an odour like that of common ginger and that is obtained especially from a ginger grass (Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia)… 

Ginger grass shoots off the ginger rhizome when you plant it…The grass will grow to be 2 to 4 feet tall at full maturity…In a couple months after planting the ginger…though…you’ll have grass that’s a foot tall…

Okay…Now kindly go through our reference links…

  1. Ginger Grass Oil by Ginger by Ginger Plant
  2. Ginger by mgmh
  3. Ginger by bpb

Ginger Grass’ Mother Ginger

I have already told you enough about ginger grass and its oil…I think it is time we should give due credits to the ultimate one that gave birth to ginger grass…I mean of course…mother of ginger grass….ginger itself…

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat problems such as-

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Coughing
  • Rheumatism

Ayurvedic medicine also uses ginger to treat inflammatory joint diseases including rheumatism and arthritis…

Ginger root is used today to provide relief for symptoms of motion sickness including

  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

No conclusive results were found when studies compared commercial medications with ginger…Signs of similar results between the two did seem apparent in the studies…

Ginger has other uses including relieving arthritis pain…ulcerative colitis…menstrual discomfort…headaches…fevers from flu and colds…and sore throats…Gastrointestinal problems including heartburn and gas can also be treated with ginger…The muscles of the gastrointestinal tract can be strengthened by the use of garlic…Ginger is also used to treat arthritis…both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis…It is thought that garlic can also provide relief for toothaches…but no scientific evidence exists to support this….

Volatile oils in ginger are what cause the taste…smell…and medical effectiveness….About 1-4% of ginger is oil….Ginger contains pungent constituents…shogaols and gingerols…which make it effective for relieving vomiting and nausea….Bisabolene and zingiberene are the aromatic constituents of garlic…

Obtained from Ginger plant is Ginger grass…A perennial…herbaceous plant…Slender stems and leaves are topped with flowering tops…Foliage is fragrant with characteristic fresh…green…sharp odour…

It blends best with…

  • Jasmine Absolute
  • Lavender
  • Black Pepper
  • Citrus
  • Rosewood
  • Rosemary
  • Palmarosa
  • Chinese Geranium
  • Rose
  • floral blends

Its aroma is amazingly sharp…peppery…fatty sweet herbal rose…woody…grassy

Just to add on to your knowledge…This unique oil is a relative of lemongrass…grown in Maharasthra…India…It has gentle spicy earth notes…and has many uses in Ayurvedic and indigenous formulations…It has been distilled since the 18th century in India…

  • Improves circulation and blood flow
  • Reduces stress
  • Calms
  • Is uplifting
  • Excellent for relief of sinus congestion
  • Euphoric
  • Aphrodisiac

Okay…Now have a look at our references…

  1. Ginger Grass Oil by Botanical
  2. Ginger by ehow Health
  3. Ginger Grass Oil by etsy.com

Sneak-Peek In Ginger grass Oil’s History

Every oil be it of coconut…or oil of any specific plant…its flowers…anything…has a certain history to it…I mean the starting of its use, it has a certain discovery or a thorough background associated with it…

Ginger grass oil…illustrious in the world of cosmetics and skin care products for its humongous chart of benefits…too has a certain historical background…and that I’ll bring to your knowledge via this blog…

Ginger grass was first distilled way back in the 18th century and its popularity has hardly disappeared even today…It was first used to improve circulation and blood flow and to eliminate stress…It is still used by aroma therapists to treat both these conditions…

This unique oil is almost as good as or perhaps better than lemongrass…grown in Maharasthra…the film city if India…It has gentle spicy earth notes…and has many uses in Ayurveda and indigenous formulations…It has been distilled since the 18th century in India…I like just mentioned in the previous paragraph…

Ginger grass is basically an essential oil…India is though a close relative of palmarosa has a unique blending quality and subsequently unmatched aroma….The oily grassy notes are due to the interesting Perilla alcohol that also adds a fatty-herbal kick…A synonym for Perilla alcohol is dihydro cuminyl alcohol…Fresh rosy notes with a slight woodiness are perhaps the reasons Indian soap makers have used this oil extensively for decades and still continue to do so…

Will provide you with some quick info of this wondrous oil…

  1. Name: Gingergrass oil…India
  2. Species: Cymbopogon martini Stapf…variety sofia…fam. Poaceae
  3. GrassCountry: India

Now…to tell you something about the plant itself…lend me your ears…okay eyes…in this case…

The perennial Ginger Grass is an herbaceous plant…which has long…elegant stems…Each of these has a terminal flowering top….It is a very fragrant grass and it is the grass itself that is the source of the essential oil…

Certain note-worthy qualities of this oil are-

• Ginger grass oil is also believed to be a mood uplifting…euphoric and aphrodisiac oil…

• It is also used in Men’s perfumes/colognes…

• Ginger grass essential oil helps in increasing the blood flow/circulation….

• It is helpful in calming and reducing stress….

• The oil of ginger grass is used extensively in soap making and cosmetic industries because of its wonderful aromatic properties…

As far as the use of this oil goes…try diffusing this oil…or dilute with pure carrier oil and apply to area of concern on the body….

It is of medium strength and might be of Yellow to light brown liquid in colour…The smell of it being Sharp…green scent with pepper and lemon undertones….
And it blends best with these following oils-

  • Cananga
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Rosewood

Have a look at our reference links now….

  1. Essential Oils And Discussions by faculty.ucr.edu
  2. Essential Oils by Aromatherapy Library
  3. Using Ginger Grass Oil by eHow