Aromatherapy uses two types of galangal essential oil:
You may also see the spelling galanga.
Plant family: Zingiberaceae
Production: Steam distilled from steam distilled from the fresh rhizomes (roots) of the plant
Aroma: Fresh, spicy-camphoraceous.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is galangal safe to use during pregnancy? Probably not. Consult a professional.
Is galangal essential oil safe for children? Do not apply lesser galangal on or near the faces of infants and young children. Some sources indicate not to use lesser galangal with children under age 6.
Cautions: None known for greater galangal.
Only the Alpinia genus produces true galangal oil — don't confuse it with false galangal from Kaemferia galangal, which is also called maraba. The primary components of that oil are ethyl (E)-p-methoxycinnamate, pentadecane, and (E)-ethyl-cinnamate.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Galangal may help relieve digestive upsets. The oil blends well with chamomile maroc, cinnamon, sage, allspice, lavandin, pine needle, rosemary, patchouli, myrtle, opopanax, and citrus oils.
Aromatherapeutic Blending: Greater galangal may support the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems.
The Complete Guide to Clinical Aromatherapy by Elizabeth Ashley: Greater galangal may help relieve upset stomach and nausea. This warming oil is an aphrodisiac and may help regulate periods. Avoid during pregnancy.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1: Energetically, galangal is warming and helps dispel cold conditions associated with the digestive or respiratory system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the essential oil stimulates the Yang Qi of the kidney, potentially helping relieve low back pain associated with muscle fatigue. The oil also strengthens the Zhi, which is responsible for willpower and determination.
Suggested essential oils to blend with galangal:
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Use galangal for the third chakra to help personal will become balanced and healthy and to promote personal integrity.
Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice: Galangal essential oil is a catalyst for seeing synchronicities and benefiting from them. The oil supports the first and second chakras. Use this essential oil for support in taking projects to fruition, to help develop talent, and to come into alignment with beneficial circumstances. See the book for more details, including using the oil with archetypes.
Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Use galangal for astral and psychic work. The oil aids and increases the success of spells and protects during magic and healing work. The essential oil is associated with longevity, secrets, stability, strength, and well-being.
Diffuser Blend to Relieve Fatigue
Massage Blend to Relieve Indigestion and Gas
Massage the blend onto your abdomen in a gentle clockwise motion and chest in direction towards the heart.
Massage Blend to Ease Stiff Muscles & Joints
Massage blend into the affected area.
Adapted from Base Formula.