Part Used: rhizome
Constituents: volatile oil, including zingiberene, zingiberol, phellandrene, borneol, cineole, citral, starch, mucilage, oleoresin, gingerol
Medicinal Actions: stimulant, carminative, rubefacient, diaphoretic
Uses & Combinations
In addition to being a common flavoring agent in beer, soft drinks, and candies, as well as a staple spice and condiment in many countries, Ginger has a number of medicinal uses. It’s a well known treatment for nausea, especially that caused by motion sickness. In fact, Ginger has been shown to rival other over-the-counter anti-nausea medicines.
Ginger improves pelvic circulation, making it a useful reproductive tonic for both men and women, and can help to ease menstrual cramps. It’s an excellent treatment for colds and flus, where its warming nature acts as a decongestant and promotes perspiration to ease fevers. Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that reduces inflammation in joints and cartilage tissues, which can be helpful in treating arthritis. It has also been shown to lower blood-level triglycerides linked to diabetes and heart disease. Externally, Ginger can be used to treat muscle sprains.
Ginger’s pleasant flavour, alongside its many health benefits, makes it a popular addition to herbal medicines to help improve the taste.
4–6 tbsp freshly grate ginger root
Honey to taste
Combine ginger with 1 quart water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep 10–15 minutes. Juice the lemons. Strain the tea and add to the lemon juice, adding honey to taste. For medicinal purposes, it is best drank warm, but is also delicious cold with a splash of sparkling water. Drink a cup to treat cramps, cold, congestion, and fevers.
Features & Cultivation
To grow ginger, plant a piece of the rhizome that has a growing nub just under the solid. Keep the soil moist and give it plenty of sun. It will be ready to harvest in 8–10 months.