Scientific Name: Zingiber officinalis
Parts used: Root (rhizome)
Part Used: Root
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 54°C
Scent Type: Spicy
Perfume Note: Middle/base
Scent Description: Spicy and warm
- Phototoxic: Do not expose skin to sunlight after topical use.
- Unsafe for use if taking blood-thinning medication.
- May cause skin irritation and sensitisation, dilute double for topical application.
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
Light: Mostly shade
Soil: Deep, enriched, sandy loam
- Start harvesting rhizomes as soon as you see new shoots coming from the sides of the main plant.
- Harvest the entire plant in autumn, saving a few rhizomes for re-planting.