The herbal form of this root, dried and powdered, has been known as Thai Ginseng. The root is a common element in Thai cuisine used as a digestive, to aid sluggish digestion, flatulence and indigestion. The rhisome is also used for tooth and gum disease, diarrhea and as a diuretic. The fresh root is mashed and brewed as a decoction, or the dried root is powdered.
The essential oil is said to both support health digestion and be effective in combatting nausea. Ideal as a remedy for carsickness or seasickness because not only is it effective, but it also smells wonderful! Try blending it with Cardamom. It is said to be helpful, by direct inhalation, for easing sinus congestion as well as helping with mental focus. (For me, the two can go together, so one remedy for both would be wonderful!)
In Thailand it is used to stimulate the liver and detoxify the body.
Based on its chemisty, I would expect it to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and ant-inflammatory.
Fingerroot Essential Oil has also been shown to be effective against acne-causing bacteria, so a mild dilution might be an effective addition to an anti-acne blend or cleanser.
Now, that is the practical “stuff” about this new oil, that I, for one, had never heard of. We did not plan on importing it. But, when we opened the one kilo canister…it was love at first sniff! I absolutely LOVE the aroma of this sweet, gentle spice. I expected another Ginger, since they are members of the same family. Aromatically this oil is much gentler, softer, and sweeter than any ginger oil we have experienced. Contrast, if you will, the spiciest hardest gingersnap, with the soft molasses ginger cookies your grandmother hopefully baked for you. THAT is the difference between fingerroot oil and ginger oil. A sheer, delectable delight!