Ginger Beauty Essentials
Zingiber officinalis a.k.a ginger, was one of the earliest spices to travel the caravan “spice routes” from Asia to Europe where both the Greeks and Romans made extensive use of it.
Native to the steamy, tropical jungles of Southeast Asia, ginger is a reedy plant growing up to a meter in height, with white or pale yellow orchid like flower, though it is the underground tuberous stems or rhizomes that produce the spice. Its distinctive tase and scent and renowned healing properties has made ginger a popular spice, medical ingredient and essential oil for thousands of years.
The natural, stimulating warmth of ginger makes it a wonderful addition to bath, massage and burner blends.
You will need a basin large enough for two pairs of feet. Ginger tea is perfect for bathing as it is completely water soluble and will impart a comforting warmth to your feet. You can also add a drop or two of an aphrodisiac oil, choose a ginger compatible aroma according to mutual preference such as rose otto, coriander, cardamom, ylang ylang, sandalwood, jasmine, neroli or patchouli essential oil.
3 tsp grated dried ginger (or 6 tsp fresh ginger)
1 to 2 drops of pure essential oil listed earlier
30 to 40 marbles
Put the water and ginger into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the tea into a heat proff jug and pour into the basin. Top up with enough lukewarm water to reach the required depth and temperature. Add the essential oil and swish around to disperse, then tumble in the marbles. Soak and play, moving your feet around over the marbles for a glorious, massaging effect. When finished, gently pat each other’s feet dry.
Ginger And Honey Spice Bath
Whenever you are feeling cold and downhearted, lie back in this soul caressing bath, breathe deeply and let your spirit soar.
2 tsp grated dried ginger
1 tsp whole clove
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp honey
10ml rose water (or 2 drops pure rose otto essential oil)
Put the water into a saucepan, add the cloves and grated ginger and heat to boiling point. Then turn down the heat and stir in the ground nutmeg. Cover the pan and gently simmer for 20 minutes while you run your bath. Strain the spicy brew into a heat proof jug, stir in the honey and add it yo your bath water. Finally, add the rose water or rose otto essential oil and swish around to disperse. Soak and relax for at least 15 minutes then gently pat your skin dry.
Spice Surprise Shower Gel
This fun gel is refreshing, grounding and uplifting, for times when you want to ooze confidence.
50ml unperfumed base shower gel
2 drops pure ginger essential oil
1 drop pure cardamom essential oil
4 drops pure bergamot essential oil
2 drops pure lime essential oil
4 drops pure jasmine absolute
3 drops pure geranium essential oil
1 drop pure vetivert essential oil
Add the essential oils to the shower gel and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour some onto a sponge or loofah and massage over your body, avoiding the more sensitive skin of your face.