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Ginger vs. Ginger CO2

Posted by Jessica Grill on

We recently started carrying two Ginger essential oils and I bet you are wondering, "which should I keep in my aromatherapy kit?" Here are some distinctions between the two. The most important thing I would like to stress is...

I don't consider one to be better than the other, they are just different and it depends on what you use ginger for the most.

Ginger CO2 is my first choice for DIGESTIVE BLENDS...

because of a ketone molecule ZINGERONE. This particular molecule does not show up in the gc/ms reports of standard steam distilled ginger. While it still has the other properties associated with ginger (warming and pain relieving), it's a star player for belly rubs. A CO2 extract is a method of getting essential oil out of plant matter that unlike other processes, uses no heat or solvents to extract the oil. This is why CO2s are gaining popularity because the most beneficial molecules within an oil are more prominent when extracted this way. Feeling bloated? Here is a recipe I have personally used and found to work great:

RECIPE: Gas & Bloating Blend

10 drops Ginger CO2

10 drops Sweet Orange

In a 1 ounce of Jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil, add the essential oils and mix well. Gently massage into the abdomen in a counter clockwise direction.

Recipe explained:

Ginger CO2 is the best choice for this digestive blend because of it's zingerone content. Orange also assists with encouraging movement.

Ginger (steam distilled) is my first choice for PAIN RELIEF...

because it has more sesquiterpenes than the CO2 (B-phellandrene and zingiberene). A good example of this choice is my own blend, Muscle Warm. I opted to use the steam distilled ginger in that blend. Here is one you can easily make for yourself at home:

RECIPE: Sore Muscle Warming Blend

10 drops Ginger (steam distilled)

5 drops Black Pepper

5 drops Grapefruit

In a 1 ounce of Jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil, add the essential oils and mix well. Gently massage into sore knees, tight muscles around the neck (or leg and arm muscles) as needed.

Recipe explained: Ginger and Black Pepper are both warming, antispasmodic, and analgesic. Black Pepper and grapefruit will promote quick absorption (high monoterpene content) as well as pain relief due to beta-caryophyllene.

Blending Tip

Wonder why ginger is often blended with a citrus oils in cosmetic blends? (ginger lime, ginger orange, ginger grapefruit)?  Because ginger is made up of enormous molecules that do not absorb into the skin very well. In any blend you make with ginger, you will want to add an absorption enhancer (an oil high in monoterpenes or specifically, d-limonene). Go for the citruses!


See the oils on our website:

GINGER CO2    GINGER (steam distilled)

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