GINGER -

MEDICINE AND CONDIMENT

Botanical information

 

Ginger is a perennial. It has a rhizome, which is reminiscent of a hand with fingers. It grows (creeps) horizontally in the soil. It branches into side shoots, which branch out to side shoots. Ginger is found in the tropics and subtropics. The cultivation takes place in Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, in the Fiji Islands, India, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South East Asia, Taiwan and Central Africa. Almost half of the world's crop comes from India. The plant thrives in a light, rich soil, which needs on one hand enough natural fertilizer and on the other hand must be carefully maintained and refurbished. 

 

 

 

 

 

The benefits of Ginger

 

Ginger is scientifically recognized since 1988 in most European countries as a medicinal plant. There are 22 certified ginger- pharmaceutical effects:

 

• antibacterial

• antiemetic (protects against vomiting)

• antihepatoxisch (liver protective)

• antioxidant (protecting the cells from free radicals)

• improves circulation

• enhancing the production of gall juice

• strengthens the heart

 

In summary, one can say that Ginger stimulates all body functions and promotes the excretion of deposits. At the soul and mental health level ginger dissolves rigidities and induration.

 

 

 

varieties

 

The different types of ginger differ in appearance and flavor. The flavor is described as hot, spicy, sweet-spicy, sharp and lemon-like.

 

• Australian Ginger is the mildest variety. It is slightly fibrous.

• Brazilian ginger is characterized by large tubers.

• Indian tastes sweet ginger and lemon-like.

• Ginger of the Fiji Islands has a slightly higher moisture content than the other varieties and thus acts never dry. It is unsulphured, has no fibers such as China or Thai ginger and tastes pleasantly sharp.

• Jamaica Ginger has a very intense aroma.

• Nigerian ginger is very sharp, but low in flavor.

• Sri Lanka ginger (wild), is smaller but more aromatic than the cultivated varieties. The flavor is intense and spicy fresh.

 

• Thai Ginger is another name for galangal. This tuber belongs to the family of ginger. It is white with pink lace and has a sharp, peppery taste.

• West African ginger is particularly sharp.

 

 

Dosage and medical application

 

Ginger can be used as tea, tincture or powder (especially nausea) are taken. The daily dose should not exceed 2-4 g.

Internal: For poor circulation and feeling cold, ginger  stimulates the circulation and warms up the body. It is appetizing, strengthening of the stomach and alleviates indigestion, because it stimulates the production of saliva. It is helpful for nausea during travel and sea and air sickness, vomiting and dizziness. It is antipyretic and helps prevent infectious diseases in by killing pathogens. It also helps in cases of impotence.

 

External: Ginger is well suited for gargling and helps curing angina. In the form of bath additive, creams and dressings for rheumatic pains and poor circulation it is also suitable. It can also be used as a soothing muscle tonic.

CHEF TOM VOIGT