This delightful Ginger Extract is closer in contents to our Steam-Distilled Ginger Root Essential Oil, but far more delightful aromatically. Truly the essence and aroma of a freshly grated root. As a select, it lacks the hot/pungent non-volatiles found in our Total Extract, the gingerols and shogaols that give fresh ginger its “burn.” Instead it is gently warming. We have used it as part of massage blends for pain relief. Gentler than the Total Extract, it is my first choice for gentle warming, for pain relief, and for flavoring.
Educator and author Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes recommends it for skin with poor circulation, directly on Stage 1 decubitus (bed sores) or around stages 2 to 4. Best use: Stimulating surface circulation, use at 0.25% to 0.5%, best diluted in either St. John’s Wort Macerate/infusion or in Sesame oil.
A recent note from Marge to help clarify the difference between the Select and the Total:
“Okay… the difference between total and select (because you will see this with German Chamomile, and perhaps some others.)
The select is much closer to the essential oil… the process is designed to filter out the non volatiles. It may be diffused, while the total can’t be. In my opinion it smells much closer to a slice of ginger root than does the distilled oil.
But the total…oh my.. because it contains the gingerols, that do not come through distillation, it is far more warming. Better for pain relief and for circulation. We ship it by the kilo to China. I am told the grandmothers put it in a footbath to warm them all over, when they are chilled. Amazing stuff. (yes, I have a favorite!)”
We hope this has been helpful.
SAFETY: Robert Tisserand advises no known hazards.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.