In Essence - A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
The oil of ginger is extracted from the pungent rhizome and has a distinctly earthy fragrance. Native to southern Asia, it is now widely cultivated throughout the tropics. Ginger is a well known cooking spice that has been used for thousands of years and is best known as a digestive but is very useful for all ‘excess damp' conditions e.g. overproduction of mucous and diarrhoea. Energetically, it is hot and stimulant and a restorative of yang energy. It also has a strong effect on the will helping those who lack confidence and the determination to carry things through and those who lack physical energy. It increases the feeling of self worth and lifts despondency and builds self-confidence, inspiring a feeling of ‘can-do'.
Principle uses: Sluggish digestion, flatulence, diarrhoea, arthritis, pancreatic problems, muscular aches and pains, congested lungs and sinus (white or clear mucous). Lack of sexual performance, generally run-down.
Safety: Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant, but should be used in high dilution for topical application due to possible sensitization.
Think ‘ginger' for: Depressed, run down animals especially if they have non-specific skin nodules or other symptoms of excess damp such as diarrhoea or clear mucous. Old animals that feel the cold and stiffness. Animals that lack confidence in themselves or have a generally gloomy outlook on life.
Nayana Morag is a qualified Essential Oil for Animals Therapist and a member of GEOTA. She has worked with horses all her life specialising in the ones no one else wanted! She has also developed her own method of teaching riding based on the martial arts and body-awareness techniques and is the author of the "Riding Raps" series of audio tapes. Nowadays she lives in the UK and concentrates on educating animal owners in the use of essential oils and our role in our animals' well-being. She also teaches on the GEOTA certification course and plans to come back to the USA to teach in 2003. For info on attending or hosting a workshop check out www.essentialanimals.com.