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Ginger is a sweet, pungent and aromatic herb that has expectorant properties. Ginger also helps with perspiration, digestion and liver function. As well as controlling nausea, (for all you fellow seasick people) vomiting, and coughing. It can also stimulate circulation, relax spasms and could relieve pain. The ginger part, or rhizome, is used medicinally as well as a culinary spice. For cooking uses, the rhizome is made into a powder, the raw rhizomes when ingested can aid against the effect of arthritis, muscles aches, congestion, sore throat, indigestion, fever and nausea. Native American herbal remedies mastered the art of using the wild ginger plant to help with pains and illnesses.
Benefits of Ginger
Not only does ginger hold a culinary value, it also hold a medicinal value, the part of the plant that hold most of the medicinal value is in the rhizome, at first thought to be the root of the plant buts its actually an underground stem. Ginger can be dried or made into a powder, it is recommended to use fresh ginger to obtain all the medicinal values. Health benefits of ginger include, helping metabolism, it can help the body digest fatty food and break down proteins. It is an excellent at reducing gas, nausea, morning sickness, or motion sickness. Ginger is also said to help with inflammation and even the simplex herpes virus. When warmed ginger can help with fever, in preventing blood clots, and relaxing muscles. Ginger’s healing properties come from it’s volatile oils, gingerols and shogaols, which are also responsible for it’s pungent taste. Native Americans would use the wildflower, to make teas, to help with Colds, coughs, and sore throats.
- Has medicinal and culinary value
- Treats many digestive problems
- Boosts metabolism
History of Ginger
The use of Ginger goes back about 5000 years when Indians and ancient Chinese considered it a tonic root for all ailments. The Romans were highly fond of the plant, and it was used a lot in the Roman Empire, but was almost eliminated when the Roman Empire fell, until the Arabs took control of the spice, and began to trade it in a preserved form to make sweets. Ginger has been a very popular spice in Asian cuisine for many centuries, and has also become very popular in Caribbean countries where it can easily be grown. During the 15th century ginger plants were transported on ships to the Caribbean as well as Africa and now ginger is grown throughout the tropics. Only recently has Ginger become a more popular in culinary use than its medicinal use. It is one of the best tasting herbal teas. Even so, many western countries used ginger to add taste to buttermilk drinks dated as far back as the 11th century. But it still took over 200 years for ginger to be used in cooking meats and pastes. One story tells that Queen Elizabeth invented the Gingerbread man. Ginger can now be found in any store for a few dollars, when Arabs were trading the spice it could hold a value up to a live sheep. Native Americans would use the wild Ginger to help battle many ailments.