Ginger stimulates blood circulation, eases aches and pains and relaxes tense muscles. It also adds a warm, pungent note to perfumes.
Ginger root is the edible part of the ginger plant, which thrives in India, Africa and Indonesia. Like turmeric, cardamom and galanga, it belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is a distant relative of the banana. Although the ginger plant grows up to a metre tall, it’s the root which is used in food, medicine and cosmetics.
After being harvested, the roots can be used fresh, distilled to obtain essential oil, or dried and ground into a powder. Ginger contains a substance called zingiberene, which is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and therefore cleanses and soothes the skin (despite what its warming effect might make us believe).
This extract is made by mixing fresh ginger with propylene glycol, a vegetable-based material which carries the root’s properties and fragrance, while acting as a humectant.