Gingergrass essential oil, India (C. martinii var. sofia)though a close relative of palmarosa has a unique chemistry and subsequently unmatched aroma. The oily grassy notes are due to the interesting Perilla alcohol that also adds a fatty-herbal kick. A synonym for Perilla alcohol is dihydro cuminyl alcohol. Fresh rosy notes with a slight woodiness are perhaps the reason Indian soap makers have used this oil extensively for decades.
Name: Gingergrass oil, India (C. martinii var. sofia)
Species: Cymbopogon martinii Stapf., variety sofia, fam. Poaceae (Gramineae)
The perennial Ginger Grass is an herbaceous plant, which has long, elegant stems. Each of these has a terminal flowering top. It is a very fragrant grass and it is the grass itself that is the source of the essential oil.
• Gingergrass essential oil helps in increasing the blood flow/circulation. • It is helpful in calming and reducing stress. • Gingergrass oil is also believed to be a mood uplifting, euphoric and aphrodisiac oil. • It is also used in Men’s perfumes/colognes. • The oil of gingergrass is used extensively in soap making and cosmetic industries because of it's wonderful aromatic properties.
Diffuse this oil, or dilute with pure carrier oil and apply to area of concern on the body.
Strength of Aroma : Medium
Color: Yellow to light brown liquid
Blends Well With : Cananga, Geranium, Sandalwood, Cedarwood Rosewood, and other essential oils that are floral in nature.
Aromatic Scent : Sharp, green scent with pepper and lemon undertones.
History : Ginger grass was first distilled way back in the 18th century and its popularity has barely diminished. It was first used to improve circulation and blood flow and to eliminate stress. It is still used by aromatherapists to treat both these conditions.
Precautions : Ginger Grass oil can cause skin irritation in sensitive skin. Should be used in dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy.