Origin: China

Family: Zingiberaceae
Scientific Name: Zingiber officinalis


Element: Fire
Day: Tuesday
Planet: Mars
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Associated Celebrations: WinSol
Deities: Aries and Mars

Parts used: Root (rhizome)

Magical Properties: Love, lust, protection, passion, health, courage, energy, strength, prosperity

Substitutions: Garlic


Part Used: Root
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 54°C

Scent Type: Spicy
Perfume Note: Middle/base
Scent Description: Spicy and warm

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Blends well with: Citrus, frankincense, sandalwood, ylang-ylang



Type: Herbaceous plant
Plant size: up to 1m
Leaves: Narrow, grass-like blades
Flowers: Inflorescences if pale yellow flowers with purple edges, which grow on separate shoots directly from the rhizome

Etymology: The English word “ginger” has been traced through Latin (gingiber), Greek (zingiberis), and Prakit (singabera) to the Sanskrit srngaveram. The popular theory is that this is from the Sanskrit words srngam (horn) and vera (body), in reference to the shape of the root.

In the Garden

Type: Perennial
Sow: Spring
Light: Mostly shade
Soil: Deep, enriched, sandy loam

Companion Planting: Beans, chilli, crimson clover, coriander, lemongrass