Plant Speak: Ginger (Zingiber oficinale)

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I love this plant so much that I named my daughter after it. Warming, spicy, tonic, adaptogenic, a gorgeous flaming flower, magical root and oh so medicinal. Native to the tropics, when I close my eyes and think of ginger I conjure up images of golden rhizomes growing in Hawaii with it’s dark volcanic soil, see vivid flowers, feel the warmth and am soothed by the sound of beautiful bird songs. Many of us know ginger for its help with gastrointestinal issues or motion sickness. Topically we use ginger in a couple of our products for it’s ability to stimulate circulation and for its warming and grounding properties like our Ginger Body Butter.

Ginger is specific to boggy, damp conditions like the coastal pacific northwest. It is also incredible for very dry skin. Our Ginger Body Butter has loads of ginger infused in organic olive oil, ginger essential oil and plai essential oil (Zingiber cassumunar) - a Thai relative of ginger. Ginger is also a potent anti-inflammatory and good for conditions like arthritis and general pain relief. We add ginger infused oil and ginger essential oil to our sore muscle salvation for this benefit.