Ginger Root Powder, Organic, 1/2 lb.

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Zingiber officinale  |  Origin: India
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Ginger Root is the rhizome of the ginger plant and is well-known for its use in relieving gastronintestinal distress. It is used mainly as a spice in cooking, or made into a tea.

This delicious and nutritious spice contains aromatic compounds that may help increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes while supporting healthy blood sugar, blood pressure, circulation, and cholesterol levels. Ginger is an excellent herbal source of vitamins and minerals, specifically vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It may also be helpful for motion sickness, vertigo, nausea, and vomiting.


Common Names: Ginger, snake root

Excerpts from Left for Dead
Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years as a remedy for digestive disorders, nausea, fever, coughing, diarrhea, rheumatism and lumbago.

Hong Kong boat dwellers chew it for motion sickness.

Much of the research done on the plant’s anti-nausea properties concentrated on treatment of motion sickness because those experiments were easiest to control.

Unlike Dramamine, which contains the drug dimenhydrinate, ginger does not have the side effect of drowsiness because it works on the stomach, not the brain.

Ginger root proved to be an effective motion sickness antidote for travel by car, boat, train or plane. Mowrey, who has a doctorate in psychology and psychopharmacology, tested ginger root on other types of nausea and found the plant to be effective in dispelling morning sickness, dizziness, vertigo and stomach flu.

Ginger has been clinically proven to decrease the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea associated with the common three-day and 24-hour flu viruses. Taken early enough, ginger can help thwart the flu entirely, according to Mowrey.

Ginger tea with honey and lemon is the folk medicine prescription for indigestion, cramps, nausea, colds and flu. The tea is made by grating one ounce of fresh or dried ginger root into a pint of water and simmering for 10 minutes.

To make a fomentation for external aches, pains and inflammations, simmer five ounces of grated ginger in two quarts of water for 10 minutes. Apply the fomentation to the affected area with a cloth and re-apply to keep it warm. Reddening skin indicates increased circulation.

A massage oil for muscle pain or dandruff can be made by combining the juice of fresh grated ginger with equal parts of sesame or olive oil.

In Japan, scientists contend that both fresh and processed ginger relieves pain, lowers blood pressure and stimulates the heart.

Research has shown ginger root has the same effects whether fresh or dried. The plant can be taken confidently in large quantities because the amount that must be taken for a lethal dose is so incredibly high that the herb has been accepted as completely safe by the FDA. Ginger also enjoys a longer shelf life than most aromatic herbs because of its protective outer bark.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book
Ginger, the spice used in cooking, is also used in the bathtub to promote perspiration to relieve congestion and fevers; and to help relax and relieve tired, achy muscles after over exercising: 3-4 tablespoons per full bathtub in tepid, no hot water.

Excerpt from Nutritional Herbology
Folk medicine has used ginger to treat indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea and loss of appetite. It is considered carminative, aphrodisiac, tonic, aperative and stomachic, especially for convalescents. Teas have been made for indigestion, stomach ache and fever.

The Chinese value ginger as a stimulating diaphoretic, and always add ginger to meat dishes to detoxify the meat. They use ginger externally to remove the heat of painful, inflamed and stiff joints. An oil extract of ginger is used in massage therapy for the treatment of dandruff and for earaches.

A study in The Lancet (March 2, 1982) showed ginger to be effective in treating motion sickness. Two gelatin capsules of ginger are more effective than 100 mg of dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), an over-the-counter motion sickness remedy. To use ginger in this manner, take two capsules approximately 20-25 minutes before taking off in an airplane or boarding a ship and thereafter every 4 hours.

A favorite personal use of ginger is to place 2-3 tablespoonfuls in a hot tub of water. This really relaxes my muscles and relieves body pain. It helps if you place the powdered ginger in a large tea bag so you do not have floaties in the bath with you.

The volatile oils, oleo resins and proteolytic enzymes in ginger are digestive stimulants which trigger the production of digestive fluids. This helps combat the effects of overeating, improper chewing or excessive motion by helping to make the digestive process more efficient, increasing gastric motility and neutralizing toxins and acids in the digestive tract. This carminative action has been widely recognized for centuries and is the basis for most of its medicinal use.

The volatile oils are also stimulants that produce effects on the circulatory system, including diaphoretic action and vasomotor stimulus. The folk use of ginger in rheumatism remedies apparently has some basis as ginger is hypocholesterolemic, both to serum cholesterol and cholesterol stored in the liver. This makes ginger a blood purifier in folk terms. This may also help rid the body of other toxins that contribute to the inflammatory diseases.

Ginger has a longer shelf life than most aromatic herbs because of its protective root bark. Contains aromatic compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It also contains bitter compounds that reduce muscle spasms, increase blood circulation and dilate blood vessels. Ginger is an excellent herbal source of trace minerals, especially silicon, magnesium and manganese.

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From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • This is not like the Ginger you may find on a spice rack in a supermarket. This is much fresher and more effective.
  • Like most spices, it is potent and a little goes a long way. Nonetheless, we do go wild with it. This is one of our preferred spices because after reading all that it’s good for, we have learned to love it.
  • We use it very often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used as such in capsules.
  • Ginger is a food and spice. Thus, we keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, deserts, stir fry, vegetables, etc.) to enhance the flavor and add nutritional value to our foods.
  • Ginger can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most spices, Ginger should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
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