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WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT GINGER?


INGREDIENT:

Ginger 

WHAT IS THE FANCY LATIN NAME?

Zingiber officinale 

WHY DO WE LOVE GINGER?

The welcoming warmth of ginger paired with its Latin seal of officinale approval for use in herbal medicine invites all sorts of uses in aromatherapy, skincare, and home remedies. Here are a few of our favorites!

WHERE DOES GINGER COME FROM?

Ginger can be found all over the world today but originated in China and Southeast Asia. Its role in promoting gut health made it highly regarded in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine since good digestion is one of their shared basic rules for promoting longevity and good health. Over time, ginger and its medicinal properties found their way to the Mediterranean via traders from India. 

IS GINGER ACTUALLY A ROOT?

Ginger is often mistaken as a root, but it’s actually an underground continuation of the plant's stem called a rhizome. Even the Latin name, Zingiber, when broken down to its pre-Roman origins is rooted in this misconception. Srgna means horn and ver means, that’s right, root. Ginger’s family, Zingiberaceae, comprises some of the oldest known spices in the world including turmeric and cardamom. So, cooking with all three creates a delicious family reunion!

SPICY SNIPPETS:

  • To warm your chilled bones on a winter’s day, create a warming ginger bath! Just grate six ounces of ginger root and add it to a gallon of boiling water. Let that steep for one hour before straining then add to your bathwater. 

  • Our ginger essential oil of choice is derived from fresh ginger rather than dried to capture its true and lively scent. It takes approximately 330 pounds of fresh rhizomes to produce 35 ounces of essential oil. It must be used in a proper dilution on the skin, as it is in our Ginger Body Mousse.

  • Ginger rhizomes are called “hands”, which is just adorable. 

WHAT DOES THE OSMIA CREW THINK ABOUT GINGER?

“Mix Ginger Body Mousse with Sunset Body Oil for a warm, yummy Fall evening.” 
     - Ashlie, Osmia's Customer Service Manager

“It is such a unique scent to Osmia that wraps you in warmth on chilly Fall days.”  
     - Cara, Osmia's Production Assistant

 

With love and the warmth of spicy ginger from us to you,

 

 

 

 

 

The information contained in this post is for educational interest only and is not intended to represent claims for actions of ginger. This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness or disease.

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