Ginger is highly regarded as a universal remedy, and often referred to as “The Oil of Empowerment.” Dating back to its first recorded use 5 000 years ago in Asia, India and China, ginger remains an innovative and effective natural raw material for use in the development of modern-day beauty formulations and health and wellness supplements. Prized for its psychological effect to calm and destress too, ginger was a highly valued but very costly commodity in the past.
Today, ginger retains its reputation as a raw material that can revitalise, energise, soothe, and protect. Modern day farming, harvesting, and processing methods have opened the playing field, allowing ginger in all its guises to become readily accessible and affordable for use across luxury and high street beauty brands.
Ginger and in particular gingerol (the major compounds found in ginger rhizomes) are packed with antioxidants, offering benefits during formulations focused on anti-ageing moisturisers and serums. Its efficacy rests on its ability to protect the skin against collagen breakdown, while boosting elasticity to promote a more youthful complexion.
This makes both ginger and ginger essential oil the perfect ingredient inclusion for brand owners looking to innovate while answering the requirements of today’s consumers in search of natural, sustainable, and ethically sourced raw materials in their beauty products.
In their Ginger Oil Market Report, Research and Markets found that interest in the benefits of ginger and ginger-drives and oils are at an all-time high. There is also growing investment into the development of natural and ethical extraction processes that will keep the integrity and natural benefits of ginger-derived raw material intact.1
At Kerfoot, our high quality essential ginger oil is sustainably sourced from India and Sri Lanka and extracted from ginger rhizomes through a natural distillation process – offering an intense ginger experience that ticks all the right boxes for brand owners!
Kerfoot’s Ginger Essential Oil
Our range of Ginger essential oils are made from 100% naturally sourced and traceable ginger root and processed with no chemicals or additives, keeping volatile compounds intact. Its unique power in new product formulations rests on the eight main chemical constituents that offer the following benefits during formulation:3
- Camphene – known as a soothing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
- B-Phellandrene – offers anti-septic, antiviral, and decongestant properties
- α-Pinene – excellent expectorant properties
- Geranial – insecticidal and antioxidant effects
- Zingiberene – responsible for the characteristic ginger scent
- β-Bisabolene – fragrance agent is associated with ginger’s characteristic warm, woody, and fruity scents
- β-Sesquiphellandrene- offers carminative and stomachic properties
- Curcumene – hypotensive and analgesic effects.
When used in topical formulations, it is believed that the antioxidant properties of ginger oil can inhibit the visible signs of skin damage, including wrinkles and fine lines. Conversely, its stimulating properties make ginger ideal when used in moisturising formulations, lotions, and serums to revive and restore.4
Ginger also contains approximately 40 antioxidants that offer a regenerating function, protecting the skin against free radicals, while repairing and healing the epidermis, purifying, and detoxing the skin and assisting in healing skin issues and breakouts.
Ginger essential oil is not only confined to skin care products though. It is a fantastic addition to shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks where its mineral compounds can assist with scalp health, while offsetting the effects of dryness and improving circulation, 5 and its analgesic properties can soothe and reduce the pain and aches associated with inflammation when used in therapeutic massaging oils.6
At Kerfoot, our high quality ginger essential oil is the ideal super-charged ingredient to add to your new product formulations and development.
For more information on how to use ginger essential oil in your new product development, contact our team now! And don’t forget to watch this space as we continue bringing you the latest products and application possibilities in more detail!
* As with any essential oil, ginger oil is very concentrated and shouldn’t be applied to the skin undiluted
** Ginger oil is ‘generally recognized as safe’ according to the Food and Drug Administration