Ginger has a spicy, woody aroma and is a warming and stimulating oil. The oil is extracted by means of steam distillation from the dried, ground-up root (rhizome) of the plant. It is a good travel companion as it relieves nausea, making it great for morning and travel sickness, and it helps with digestive complaints. It can be used in a massage oil to soothe aching joints and muscles, good for arthritis and stimulating circulation, and as a warming ingredient in a chest rub for a cold or flu.
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- Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be used with care.
- They should be diluted in a suitable carrier oil when applying to the skin and should not be used on children under 18 months.
- Essential oils are not recommended for use during pregnancy.
- Do not take internally, and if ever uncertain consult an aromatherapy practitioner for professional advice.
Directions for use:Essential oils are the highly concentrated active ingredients of plants. They should always be diluted in a base before use and should not be taken internally without professional recommendation.
Baths:Add 5 – 10 drops of essential oil(s) to a warm run bath. If skin is sensitive, blend the essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil first. Close the door so the vapours don’t escape. Soak for at least 10 minutes relaxing and breathing deeply. For added moisturising dilute the oils in 10ml of carrier before adding to the bath.
Massage:Add 5 – 6 drops of essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil. Mix thoroughly and apply liberally to the skin.
Inhalations:Add 4 - 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head, close your eyes and lean over the bowl. Inhale the vapour for a few minutes.
Burners and Diffusers:Fill the bowl of the burner/vaporiser with water and then add 3 – 6 drops of essential oil. Light the candle and the oil will evaporate as the water heats up. Do not let the bowl dry out.
Compress:Recommended when the area is too painful to massage. Dip a towel or cloth in 4-5 drops of essential oil and 200ml hot or hold water and wring out. Cover the affected area with this compress. Then place a plastic wrap over this and a towel or blanket on top. Leave the compress on for 2-4 hours.
Caring for your SOiL essential oils:SOiL essential oils and carrier oils are living products that are vulnerable to heat, moisture, air and light. It is best to store them in a cool, dark place with the lids well sealed. If your fridge is the only cool place around, allow the oils to reach a cool room temperature before use (around 20 degrees C)
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