For centuries, the roots/rhizomes of the Mango Ginger spice have been used in tea and other concoctions as herbal remedies throughout East Asia. While a member of the Ginger (Zingiberaceae) genus, Mango Ginger (Curcuma amada), is actually part of the Turmeric species.
Our CO2 extracted oil is very thick, a deep reddish brown color, with a mild aroma Michelle describes as, “Taking a bite of ginger at a sushi bar followed immediately by a drink from a fruity tea.” (That is a flavor/taste, but scent and taste are so closely intertwined, we do get what she is saying about it!) In other words, more mango than ginger, (no raw fish!), subtly fruity with a teeny tiny hint of earthy herbaceousness.
Although anecdotally known as an herbal remedy for flatulence, dysentery, various stomach ailments; valuable research is revealing the CO2 really shines as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, possibly due to the beta caryophyllene content. (Christi has been experimenting with a small bottle of it since January for pain relief in her “trouble” knee, added to our Arnica Massage Oil with more than satisfactory results.)
One note on working with the CO2—it is thick and paste-like, so must be warmed for use. (Not as thick as German Chamomile or Calendula, much less so, but you may have to gently warm it for a few minutes.) We have chosen to botlle it in a 15 ml glass jar, rather than our usual bottles, for ease of use. Since these jars do not have orifice reducers OR tamperproof/childproof lids please open with care and store well away from children.
The producer says it is anti-microbial, anti-oxidative, and anti-allergenic. The main naturally occurring components are monoterpenes (alpha/beta pinene, camphene, b-myrcene), monoterpene hydrocarbons (Limonene, Ocimene), and of course, sesquiterpene beta caryophyllene.
Mark Webb, of AromaMedix.com, in his recent CO2 course, recommended theuse of Mango Ginger extraxt in topical dermatological products for treating allegic and anti-inflammatory conditions.
One promising area with future potential is in cancer research. It is “early days,” but if you visit this webpage, you will see just one such example of ongoing research that is truly remarkable. A search of PubMed reveals a number of exciting studies utilizing these precious rhizomes and we look forward to exploring its uses.
As it is a newer and “time” untested extract, we would suggest avoiding use during pregnancy, by nursing mothers, and for children age 6 and under. Always dilute for use on skin. Not for internal use. Please note, Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety 2nd Ed, shows no known contraindications. My instinct is that this oil has not been tested for irritation, toxicity, etc. Hence the safety warnings we give.
Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. GE-131119
I tried this oil on a bit of a whim, and I must say I was delighted by the scent of this oil. Even though it is a dilute, it has a wonderful, spicy/fruity scent that blends beautifully in my homemade solid perfumes, with the added benefit of being supportive to the skin. I’m always excited to find an oil that has both a scent I love, as well as significant therapeutic properties. I will definitely be purchasing more of this unique and uplifting oil.
I read about the Mango-Ginger CO2 a while ago. It was discussed in one of my FB groups recently, so I bought it last weekend. I’m older (66) and do 9 high intermediate leval Pilates classes a week. Was a competitive athlete in my younger days and a fine crafter in retirement. My shoulders and wrists are bad as a result. Throw in a few other current injuries–hamstring attachment strain, something with the Achilles, you can get the picture.
I made a salve with the Mango-Ginger CO2, using my homemade Trauma 4 salve (arnica, calendula, fresh St. John’s Wort and comfrey.) Without going into minute detail, I ended up using 1.5% Mango-Ginger CO2 and 6mg of CBD Oil. Not a lot of ingredients for a very effective product. Took me through two Pilates classes with almost no pain.
If you’re worried about using a “thicker” ingredient, I’ll report that I had no issues. Our weather was unusually warm for the beginning of May, so the CO2 was softer coming out of the mailbox. Emulsified immediately into a salve that I warmed in the microwave–just to barely melting. I used it a second time. Sat the jar in warm water for a minute, or two, and once again, it emulsified into the salve immediately.
I would definitely, but the Mango-Ginger CO2 again.