Scientific Name: Zingiber officinale
AKA: Ginger, ginger root
Parts Used: rhizome
Active Compounds:gingerol, zingiberene, shogaols
Background: Ginger is a spice used in many asian dishes. It is also used in cooking throughout Europe. While many people appreciate the flavor it lends to gingerbread, it may surprise you to know that it has health benefits.
Ginger can help to relieve digestive and respiratory problems. It's also a strong stimulant that can improve circulation. In Asia, Ginger is given as a cure-all for many ailments.
Applications: Digestive Stimulant/Circulatory Stimulant/Antiseptic
Ginger is used to improve digestion and circulation.
Digestive System: Relieves nausea related to motion sickness and morning sickness. Ginger also helps to fight off infections in the digestive tract.
Respiratory: Ginger helps to warm the chest and can be soothing for someone suffering from cough. It also helps to soothe other symptoms of the cold and flu.
Circulatory System: Helps to improve circulation in the hands and feet by increasing blood pressure.
Fever: Helps to reduce fevers and stimulates sweating.
Ginger grows in Asia and other tropical areas. The rhizome is harvested in plants that are 10 months old. It grows up to 2 feetr high and has lance-shaped leaves and white or yellow flowers.
As an infusion, take 1 cup three times a day for nausea.
As a tincture, take 30 drops of Ginger two times daily for digestion.
As an essential oil, dilute 5 to 20 drops carrier oil and apply to joints to soothe arthritic pain.
In capsule form, take 75 mg of Ginger an hour for morning sickness.
Do not take the essential oil of ginger internally unless supervised by a health professional. Ginger should not be used in those who have peptic ulcers. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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