Extract from a plant in the Zingiberacae family that has research showing it has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic activity when taken orally and when applied to skin. [1,2,3] When applied topically, however, the oil can be a skin irritant due to the fragrance compounds it contains.
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