Galangal Root Essential Oil
Galangal Root is extracted from the rhizomes and is from the same family as cardamom and tumeric.
- Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Roots
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: None
- Chemistry: Galangal Root is high in oxides/ethers (1,8-cineole) and esters ((E)-methyl cinnamate).
- Perfumery: used in natural perfumery and has fixative properties
- Digestive: benefits digestion and soothes digestive upsets
- Musculoskeletal: relaxes muscles, joint stiffness, and inflammation
- Nervous System: helps quell motion sickness and calms feelings of nervous exhaustion and quiets the mind
- Reproductive: Used as an aphrodisiac
- Scent Profile: Mid to base note with a sweet earthy aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Galangal Root can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Woody, Oriental
- Blends well with: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cistus, Cypress, Elemi, Eucalyptus globulus, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Hinoki, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon Myrtle, Marjoram Sweet, May Chang, Opoponax, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Plai, Scotch Pine, Rose Moroc Absolute, Rosemary verbenone, Roman Chamomile, Rosewood, Sage, Spikenard, Tarragon, Turmeric, Vetiver, and Yuzu
- According to Tisserand & Young: Essential oils high in 1,8 cineole should not be applied to or near the faces of babies or children under 10 years old due to potential risk for CNS and respiratory issues.
Products Using Galangal Root Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.