Hedychium Essential Oil (Hedychium spicatum)

Hedychium Essential Oil
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Botanical name  Hedychium spicatum

Family  Zingiberaceae

Source  Rhizomes

Origin  India

Processing Method  Steam Distillation

Color/Consistency  Pale yellow viscous liquid

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma   A middle note with a medium aroma, Hedychium Essential has warm woody notes with a hint of spice and a soft floral touch.

Blends With  SandalWood, Jasmine, Cassia

Product Abstract

Hedychium, famous as kapoor kachri in India is well known due to its beautiful flowers that are used for decoration in various celebrations. This is grown as an ornamental plant in India. Moreover, the buds of the flower are used as edibles for flavoring the food. The flower has very good smell and most commonly used for making wreaths and bridal bouquets.


The oil has been used in both medicine and aromatherapy by ancaint Greeks. The term Hedychium is drived from two Greek terms "Hedy" and "Chois" maening flowring plant.

Harvesting/Extraction Information

Requires a rich moist soil and a sunny position. They can be grown in a sunny border as a summer sub-tropical bedding plant. Plants are not very cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures down to about -2°c. They can be grown at the foot of a south-facing wall if given a good mulch in the winter. Plants succeed outdoors in Tresco Gardens, Isles of Scilly. This species succeeds outdoors in most parts of S. England, especially if the rhizomes are mulched with dry leaves in the autumn. Plants have been known to withstand temperatures down to -16°c in Germany. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits. The tubers should only just be covered with soil. The flowers are sweetly scented, the scent being most pronounced towards evening. Both the bruised and the dried root are very aromatic with a fragrant, somewhat pungent smell that is similar to orris root but more powerful

Common Usage

  • Anti-allergenic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anti-asthmatic
  • Anti- bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Decogestant
  • Expectorant
  • Mucolytic
  • Tonifying


Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

Key constituents

1,8-Cineole  44.3%

Linalool 25.6%

T-Muurolol 4.4%

Hedycaryol 2.6%

a-Cadinol 2.3%

a-Eudesmol 2.3%

b-Eudesmol 2.2%

Ascaridole 1.9%

Eremoligenol 1.3%

b-Pinene 1.3%

Terpinen-4-ol 1.3%

Hazards  May contain ascaridole. Essential oils high in 1,8- cineole can cause CNS and breathing problems in young

Contraindications  Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children.
Maximum adult daily oral dose  180 mg
Maximum dermal use level  6.3%

Our safety advice
Our oral and dermal restrictions are based on 1.9% ascaridole content with limits of 0.05 mg/kg/day and 0.12%.

Organ-specific effects
Adverse skin reactions  No information found.

Systemic effects
Acute toxicity  No information found. Ascaridole is highly toxic. 1,8-Cineole has been reported to cause serious poisoning in young children when accidentally instilled into the nose.
Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information was found for sanna oil, but it contains no known  carcinogens.


Benzyl cinnamate 24.0%, benzyl acetate 16.5%, 1,8-cineole 13.0%, linalyl acetate 11.5%, and linalool 8.5% have been reported as constituents of this oil. Dutt identified ethyl p-methoxy cinnamate 67.8%, ethyl cinnamate 10.2% and 1,4-cineole 6.0% in sanna oil. These reports may reflect differences in varieties or chemotypes. According to Sabulal et al, who analyzed Hedychium spicatum var. acuminatum, three other analyses of this same variety also identified 1,8-cineole as the major constituent. Limited availability; the plant is reputed to be over-exploited and vulnerable in parts of India.

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