Ginger has been cultivated for thousands of years in India and China.
It is a perennial herb which now grows in Asia, Jamaica, Nigeria,The West Indies, Florida, California and Hawaii.
The name "Ginger" originates from a Sanskrit word meaning "horn shaped", referring to the rhizome bulges.
In China today half of all herbal preparations contain some form of Ginger.
Ginger is known to have many healing properties, relieving influenza, coughs and bronchitis. It is recommended as a remedy to ease the inflammation in arthritis, rheumatism and tendonitis. Studies have shown that ginger helps to lower unhealthy cholesterol levels, as well as bringing relief to morning and motion sickness.
Ginger is widely used in cooking, adding a distinct flavor to savory dishes as well as to baking. It is popular in Chinese, Caribbean, Thai, Indian, Japanese and North American cooking.
In addition, Ginger yields an essential oil which is used in aromatherapy, mixing the oil with sandalwood, cedar wood and patchouli giving it a woody-spicy scent
Enjoy the many uses of Ginger.