Common name: African ginger, black ginger, race ginger.
Ayurvedic/TCM name: Fire & Wind; Hot, dry, light Yang.
Energy: Hot, dry
Parts used: Rhizome
Chemical components: Shogaol and zingerone. It protects oils and fats from rancidity.
Native to: Tropical Africa, Asia. Can grow in Hawaii, southwestern US, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.
Actions: Antispasmodic, stimulating and expectorant.
Preparations: Herb–Tea, tincture, capsules, candied, culinary.
Essential oil– Use as a massage oil for joint and muscle pain.
Inhaler–15-20 drops in a large cotton wick for nausea, indigestion etc.
Uses: Tea for stress, tension and nausea. For nausea drink 3 cups of tea per day. for colds and flu, 1 cup every 2 hours.
Recipe: 5-6 slices (or 2 Tbsp. shredded, or 1/2 tsp. powdered)
1 cup boiling water.
Lemon if desired. Steep 15 minutes.
Fresh root decoction: for chills, and phlegm with a thick cough.
Dried root: Use 2 (500 mg.) capsules 30 minutes before travel; 1-2 more if symptoms persist.
Note: Better than Dramamine for motion sickness according to a Brigham Young University and Mount Union College study.
There are many recipes for candied ginger, which I have made and loved. I make a ginger syrup that I freeze and use in my soda stream. I also have used ginger in homemade kombucha. It’s all good!
Experiment and Happy Blending,
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”Mark 5:34