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Ginger | Zingiber officinale
Ginger is referred to as the universal medicine in ancient Ayurvedic medical texts (Charaka Samhita) dating from as early as the 4th century BCE. Confucius wrote about ginger in the 5th century BC and Pythagoras born in Greece in 569 BC described it as a digestive tonic. Today ginger is widely used as a botanical of choice for nausea, upset stomach, colds & flus, and internal Cold. It warms and stimulates circulation and digestion and is gentle enough for the elderly and children. Ginger is a potent anti inflammatory agent that can be helpful to reduce joint and muscle pain both internally and topically. It is a harmonizer in herbal formulas and acts as a synergist to move other herbs efficiently through the blood. The essential oil is indicated for use in meditation when there is debility caused from nervous exhaustion or excessive stress. It increases determination and inspires initiative. Ginger warms and fortifies the body and emotions. It is an adaptogen that is used widely across many body systems.
Ginger, fresh ginger : sheng jiang / ardraka, dried ginger : gan jiang / sunthi (China / Sanskrit), sukka (India), ’Awapuhi Pake (Hawaii), giggiberi (Greece), khing (Thailand), shokyo (Japan)
Active Medicinal Compounds:
Zingiberene, zingiberene, zingiberol, citral, borneol, shogaol, camphene and phellandrene.
Origin / Habitat:
Native to SE Asia, specifically India & China. It is widely cultivated in the West Indes, Jamaica, and Africa. Grows in tropics and subtropics throughout the world.
Tendencies / Taste:
Warming, stimulating, diaphoretic, drying, pungent, aromatic.
Fresh root: warm; spicy
Dried root: hot; spicy
Herbaceous perennial, up to 2 feet tall; grass like leaves; stems 6-12 inches, thick pungent rhizomes with tan exterior and pale yellow fibrous juicy interior.
Medicinal, culinary, natural essential oil fragrance and flavoring.
Safe at therapeutic doses, large doses contraindicated in pregnancy.
Dimensions: 18” x 24”
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