Ginger CO2

Zingiber officinale Roscoe

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The aroma of our Ginger CO2 extract is very rich, deep, warm, and spicy; it is quite dense and more complex than that of distilled Ginger – it smells just like the freshly harvested root. Ginger CO2 is a dark brownish-red oil and is quite potent, so it is best to use it in low percentages. We find that the CO2

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The aroma of our Ginger CO2 extract is very rich, deep, warm, and spicy; it is quite dense and more complex than that of distilled Ginger – it smells just like the freshly harvested root. Ginger CO2 is a dark brownish-red oil and is quite potent, so it is best to use it in low percentages. We find that the CO2 extracts of the spice oils are preferable in aroma to the more commonly available steam distilled oils, especially with regard to perfumery. Their energetic and vibrant aroma is truer to that of the fresh plant material.

Zingiber officinale is native to the tropical coastal locales of India and is cultivated in most tropical and subtropical regions: Jamaica, southwest India, Indochina, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), West Africa, south China, south Japan, and Central America, with smaller crops grown in Madagascar, Zanzibar, Indonesia, northwest Australia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and other areas of the West Indies.[1] The historical usage of Ginger is geographically and culturally vast and it is considered one of the oldest and most important aromatic plants.[2] Ginger was highly esteemed by the ancient Greeks and Romans who obtained it from Arabian traders via the Red Sea.[3]

Despite its long and storied history, Ginger Root essential oil has only more recently been included as a must-have in the collections of aromatherapists, natural perfumers and massage therapists alike. Many find it useful in massage formulas, both before and after exercise, and in chest and foot rubs. Inhaling the invigorating aroma of Ginger is an elevating experience for the senses that is enjoyed in many ways across cultures – and particularly while traveling between them. It has been reported by ethnobotanists that women in Senegal and Fouta-Djalon weave the rhizomes of Ginger into belts with the aim of engaging the dormant senses of their husbands.[4]  

For personal care, cosmetic and skin care formulas, the milder distilled essential oils of Ginger are recommended, rather than the more pungent and very potent Ginger CO2 extracts.[5] Ginger CO2 shines in natural perfumery blends where its deep and complex aroma brings an ambiance of warmth and intimacy.

1 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 276.

2 Gildemeister, Eduard and Friedrich Hoffmann. Die Ätherischen Öle [The Volatile Oils], 3rd ed., Vol. I, 1931, p. 119.

3 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. V, 1952, pp. 106-7.

4 Valnet, M.D., Jean. The Practice of Aromatherapy, 1990, pp. 135-6.

5 Bowles, E. Joy. The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, 3rd ed., 2003, pp. 168-9.

6 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 278.

7 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 295.

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