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Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe)

Updated on December 18, 2011
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Even if it was growing mainly in southern parts of Asia, this plant is spread all over the world now.

It is a very good hot spice and has some benefits on health too. The useful part is the root (rhizome). Younger plants are with more mild taste and fresh aroma, while older plants are more spicy and fragrant. The root is yellow to light brown when dried.

Gathering and drying of Zingiber officinale

is done when the plant is mature. Part of the ginger root (rhizome) is dug up, but enough of it is left in the soil, so more roots can spread from the remaining. It is then brushed from the soil or cleaned with cold water.

Drying can be done in sunlight, but no more than 50 degrees Celsius (122 F), the rhizome will capsulate all useful compounds inside and they will not evaporate easily. For this reason - there must not be damaged rhizomes or parasites.

Benefits

Ginger is almost a miracle herb. Some investigation on mouses shown that ginger oil extract kills skin cancer cells in mouse. But its main use is to help digestive system. Ginger is beneficial for

  • Chronic nausea, especially the one after chemotherapy.
  • Acid reflux in people that are not taking antacids.
  • Cough from common cold and
  • throat ache from cold or influenza. (gurgle Ginger infusion)
  • Peptic ulcers.
  • Periodontal disease (rinse continuously with Ginger infusion).

This and a lot more, like mild depression and anxiety will benefit from ginger. Even eating it as a spice, without making an infusion will be beneficial for digestive problems.

Zingiber officinale decoction

is made by boiling 1 teaspoon of ground root in 1 pint of water for 5 minutes. It can be used as warm tea for throat and digestion problems or cooled down. It is still very pleasant.

Drinking this ginger decoction 3 times per day is the optimal dose.

SHOULD NOT be taken by people prone to gallstones, because the herb increases the production of bile.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      Great hub. I am aware that there are lots of health benefits to ginger, and I also love it! Sometimes I find that I have very strong cravings for ginger (I'm not pregnant). I figure that my body needs it for something, I wish I knew what exactly!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      30 hubs in 3 weeks - awesome job!

      I really enjoy the scent of ginger. Thank you for listing the various qualities and benefits. I'm really enjoying your hubs - very informative.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Cannot be sure. There are more than 9 compounds in ginger that bind to serotonine receptors and helps the feeling of wellbeing.

      The Zingiberol oils are also proven to eradicate Escherichia coli and few other bacteria from the stomach.

      Your body probably finds it useful and sends you a call for more ginger :)

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks for the support Missolive. I still have not seen the badge for 30/30 though. :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      I didn't realize there was a badge for 30/30???

      I've noticed badges usually take about 24 hrs - especially on the weekends :)

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I actually don't know :) I hope there IS :)

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