Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden
Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is well known to most of us, often found in powdered form in the spice rack. It’s a tropical plant, but you can grow your own indoors in pots. If you decide to do this, keep it out of direct sunlight and water it regularly, as it needs moist soil to do well.
Ginger is used across the world and is on the list of FDA “generally regarded as safe” herbs. It’s used in the US as a treatment for morning sickness, so one can take from this that it is one of the few herbal remedies which can be used by pregnant women.
However, it is not suitable for use by anyone who is taking Warfarin or other blood-thinning medications, and it is also not suitable for use by anyone suffering from gallstones.
Ginger root should be used fresh for herbal medicine, for preference, but if nothing else is available, powdered ginger from your local supermarket will do in extremis.
The standard infusion can be used to treat coughs, colds and sore throats, to improve circulation, to increase perspiration and as a treatment for dyspepsia, flatulence (“gas” or “wind“) and colic. It’s said that chewing the root raw will also ease a sore throat, if you can take it!
I offer ginger root powder and various different variations on ginger tea including ginger green teabags in my online shop, or if you don’t like the taste, why not try ginger root 500mg capsules as a daily supplement?
As with all herbs used as remedies, it’s important that ginger in particular (being a root) is grown organically to avoid its properties being reduced or eliminated by foreign chemicals. To find out more about growing organic ginger visit the Gardenzone.