Ginger root has been enjoyed for centuries for flavoring. It is an essential ingredient in Eastern dishes and has a long-standing importance as a health herb. Originally from south-east Asia, ginger is a tropical herb which grows in Australia, Africa...
Ginger root has been enjoyed for centuries for flavoring. It is an essential ingredient in Eastern dishes and has a long-standing importance as a health herb. Originally from south-east Asia, ginger is a tropical herb which grows in Australia, Africa, South America, the West Indies, Florida, China, and Japan.
The name comes from the Sanskrit singabera. Ginger was described by the Chinese in the Han dynasty (AD 25-200) as the "universal health." The Greeks and the Romans imported it from the East in AD 200. From the fourteenth century it was the second most important spice after pepper in England. In the sixteenth century it was taken by the Spanish from the East Indies to the Americas.
Ginger is a deciduous perennial with thick branching rhizomes, stout upright stems, and large lanceolate, bright green leaves about 8 inches long. The flowers are yellow-green with a deep purple lip and yellow spots and markings. They are followed by fleshy capsules. Height to 9 feet.
Ginger is a tender crop, usually considered an annual. In hot countries it can be planted outside in sun or part-shade. In cooler zones it can be grown outside in summer as a foliage plant but needs shelter when frost threatens. It is propagated by division (it divides easily) in spring and should be re-potted each year.
How to Use
The dried grated root can be made into a strong infusion to act as a light coloring agent for red hair. Health-wise,ginger can reduce nausea and motion sickness and has become a popular herb for the support for morning sickness associated with pregnancy. Its safety in recommended doses is good, but excessive intake can prove dangerous. Ginger can be been used as a traditional approach for skin irritations, both externally applied and by internal dosage. For colds and flu, ginger extract has a warming effect and can boost the immune response to infection.
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Take 2-3 capsules, 2-3 times per day.
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) - 450 mg
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