Ginger is an herbaceous perennial herb that likes a warm, humid climate and filtered sunlight. It is a tropical plant, but can be grown in areas that receive light frost if the rhizomes are not exposed to freezing temperatures. The rhizome is brown, with a thin outer layer around a pale-yellow, scented, fiberous center. The above ground part of Ginger is erect and reed-like. The shoots originate from multiple bases and wrap around each other. The long, thin leaves are arranged alternately on the stem. Flowering heads develop on shorter stems. Ginger produces cone shaped, pale, yellow flowers. In Old Chinese Medicine it was often taken internally, to calm nausea and stomach upset. Ginger can be eaten fresh, dried, powdered, brewed into teas, made into tinctures and even candied.
History and Folklore:
The use of ginger for medinal purposes goes back at least 5000 years. It has actually been used medicinally longer than it has been used as a spice; and that started around the 1st century. Ancient Chinese used it as a tonic for almost all ailments. Ginger has a long history in the spice trades. That is how it has been spread around the world.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the root (rhizome) of the ginger plant late in the fall.
Do not take if pregnant or nursing. Be cautious when using in people on blood thinners.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Anodyne, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant,
Black ginger, Canton ginger, Cochin ginger, Common ginger, Garden ginger, Gingembre, Imber, Jamaican ginger
Ingredients: Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
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