Herb of the Day – Ginger Root

Ginger root (official name:  Zingiber Officinale) is a wonderful warming herb that has been used since medical herbalist’s records began! Ginger’s current name comes from the Middle English gingivere,but ginger dates back over 3,000 years to the Sanskrit srngaveram meaning “horn root” with reference to its appearance. In Greek it was ziggiberis, and in Latin, zinziberi.

 At an early date it was exported to Ancient Rome from India. It was used extensively by the Romans, but almost disappeared from the pantry when the Roman Empire fell. After the end of the Roman Empire, the Arabs took control of the spice trade from the east. Ginger became quite costly like many other spices. It is mentioned by the Romans, listed in some of the earliest Chinese herbals and regarded in Ayurvedic texts as a universal medicine.


As you will see from the long list of traditional medicinal benefits, it well deserves it’s reputation as a universal medicine. It also tastes delicious. What is not to like?

  1. Morning sickness
  2. Travel sickness
  3. Nausea
  4. Indigestion
  5. Wind
  6. Colic
  7. Irritable bowel
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. Chills,
  10. Cold
  11. Flu
  12. Poor circulation
  13. Menstrual cramps
  14. Heartburn
  15. Stomach cramps
  16. Arthritis
  17. Fevers
  18. Headaches
  19. Coughs
  20. Lower blood pressure
  21. Lower cholesterol

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