Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia)
Gingergrass has beautiful tension-relieving properties.
This is reflected in its effects on the mind and heart—Gingergrass is very uplifting and reassuring, releasing stress and replacing it with confidence that everything is going to be alright.
It contains a component that’s also found in Nutmeg and Elemi—elemicin, which is known to inspire optimistic, feel-good thoughts and moods.
Gingergrass also has d-limonene and camphene, which are excellent components to prevent respiratory infection and congestion—so Gingergrass makes sure you feel good physically, too.
The recipes in this Spotlight will help you experience different uses of Gingergrass:
- Relieve sore muscles and tension
- Uplift your emotions
- Feel more energized
- Release stress
- Soothe headaches
A good way to think of Gingergrass is as a friend who helps you work through your your "blocks," anything that's getting in the way of your physical and emotional well-being. Gingergrass will help identify areas of tension and "congested energy," and will help you work through them so you feel energized and flexible, able to meet whatever life brings your way.
Gingergrass Essential Oil Sore Muscle Treatment
If you’ve only got time for a quick massage, Gingergrass is a great choice for a blend.
Even after you finish massaging your sore muscles, you can sometimes still feel Gingergrass doing its work . . .
~ Absorbing into your skin
~ Helping your muscles release tension
~ Bringing circulation to the area
Muscle massage blends with Gingergrass, like the one below, have benefits for the body and mind. Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.
Gingergrass Sore Muscle Treatment
- 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
- 5 drops Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia)
- 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- 3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Combine all of the ingredients in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle, shake gently, and apply the blend to sore muscles.
This blend is especially nice on tight necks that don’t want to turn. I also recommend it if you’ve pushed yourself a little too hard during a workout. Sore shoulders, backs, arms, and legs love Gingergrass essential oil!
This blend combines it with other essential oils that share its skills for relaxing tension and easing pain. And it's gentle on skin, so use it as often as you need.
The Trauma Oil is an ideal carrier for these essential oils. Trauma Oil is a carrier oil (such as olive oil) that's been infused with three healing herbs: St. John's wort, arnica, and calendula. If you have Trauma Oil, give it a try all by itself for sore muscles. It offers so much support!
Room Spray with Gingergrass Essential Oil
(brighten up your emotions!)
With Aromatherapy, you can scent a room to inspire a certain emotion, or to match the spirit of the season.
And I love fun, uplifting
scents like Gingergrass!
Bright Forest Room Spray
- 2 oz (60 ml) water
- 20 drops Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia)
- 9 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)
- 11 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
Use a 2 oz (60 ml) spray bottle, and shake your blend before spraying it all around your room. It creates such an enlivening, spirited aroma!
Tip: It’s nice to spray it on upholstery
so you get a whiff of the aroma when you sit down!
This Gingergrass blend smells like a forest with undertones of citrus and spice.
I like to use different room sprays at different times of year. When spring arrives you can try some green, herbaceous notes. During summer, you might like warm, floral scents. Fall might be just right for base notes that help you feel grounded. Get creative!
I recommend making a fresh bottle of this room spray every few weeks because it’s not made with a preservative.
Diffuse Gingergrass Essential Oil to Reduce Stress
During the holidays, Gingergrass is the perfect essential oil to dispel stress.
It has a warm, spicy scent, with hints of fresh herbs and woods.
Think of it like a friend who is always laughing through their troubles, and uplifts your heart to remind you of the joy of the season.
It protects your emotions and just makes you feel energized for life!
Here’s a diffuser blend that fills your home with scent, and fills your heart with energy.
It also has respiratory benefits, to help you stay healthy. (It's not as easy to feel happy when you're not feeling healthy!)
Happy (& Healthy!) Holidays Diffuser Blend
- 4 drops Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia)
- 6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
- 5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Drop the essential oils into your diffuser and feel joyful!
Relieve Tension Headaches with Gingergrass Essential Oil
Do you know what causes tension headaches? (No fair saying “tension!”)
Neither do I! There are so many potential causes for tension in the head (and muscles).
A few causes are stress, food allergies, or lack of sleep . . . but we don’t really know why they turn into headaches or tension in the body.
Gingergrass essential oil doesn’t care why tension and headaches happen. It just wants to clear them up and make you feel good again.
It does that by relieving muscle spasms and inflammation, and helping your mind let go of worry.
I like to make Aromatherapy inhalers for tension. Here’s an inhaler blend with Gingergrass that can release tension—whether it’s in your head, in your muscles, or in your heart.
Breathe and Relieve Inhaler
- 4 drops Gingergrass (Cymbopogon martini sofia)
- 3 drops Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
- 7 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
I get blank Aromatherapy inhalers from Aromatics International. They look like little lip balm tubes. There's a cotton insert in the middle that you drop your essential oils right onto. It’s easy!
Make an Aromatherapy Inhaler
Watch a Demonstration!
The video shares an inhaler blend for allergies. (It works great!)
I'm using a gorgeous reusable inhaler in the video, but you can also get disposable ones.
I know that many people think of applying essential oils topically for muscle tension and headaches, but inhalers can be surprisingly useful.
They work by stimulating your limbic system and parasympathetic nervous response (basically, they help you relax and heal). Plus they’re convenient to take with you and use in public!
If Gingergrass Essential Oil had a hobby, it would probably be yoga.
In fact, that's how I characterized it in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy!
I gave 40 essential oils different "personalities" and told stories about them in my book, so it might be easier to remember what they're good at. In Gingergrass's profile, it leads yoga classes in the town square.
I thought that was a great way to communicate that this essential oil can be used for pain relief, healthy muscles and joints, circulation, relaxation, and deep breathing.
The Heart of Aromatherapy includes recipes for all of these things and more (over 100 recipes total!)
To learn more about other essential oils, visit our Essential Oil Spotlights page.