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Ginger Root (zingiber officinale)

ginger root

Ginger Root (zingiber officinale)

Common Names: African ginger, Jamaica ginger
Family: Zingiberaceae
Parts Used: Root

Constituents: volatile oil, resins, alkaloid, mucilage, Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamins A, C, some B, capsaicin (also found in cayenne), proteins, fats, antioxidants.

Medicinal actions: analgesic, antacid, antiamedic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aperative, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic (when hot), emmenagogue, nervine, rubefacient, soliagogue, stimulant, tonic, stematic, circulatory stimulant, expectorant, digestive stimulant, sexual tonic, antimicrobial/viral, hypoglycemicImproves production and secretion of bile from liver.

Medicinal use:

  1. Digestive health: Ginger root may help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, making it useful for treating conditions such as nausea, vomiting, and indigestion.

  2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Ginger root may have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body.

  3. Pain relief: Ginger root may have analgesic properties and may help to reduce pain caused by conditions such as arthritis and menstrual cramps.

  4. Cardiovascular health: Ginger root may help to improve cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.

  5. Immune system support: Ginger root may help to support the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections.

Historically, ginger root has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of health conditions, including digestive disorders, pain relief, and respiratory infections. It was also used as a culinary ingredient and as a natural remedy for motion sickness and morning sickness during pregnancy.

External use for use an anti-inflammatory, for chronic muscular pain and swelling.

Contraindications: essential oil needs to be diluted. Powder can burn esophagus. Not for people who suffer from gastric ulcers or a hot constitution. Essential oils are too strong to be used during pregnancy.