Most Commonly Found: Ginger is commonly found as a spice and in a variety of drinks and food choices, as well as medicines. It's most commonly produced in India (33 percent production), followed by China (20 percent production), followed by Nepal (12 percent production), Nigeria and Thailand (each about 7 percent) and Indonesia (about 5 percent).
Stone Cold Facts: Ginger comes from a Sanskrit word “srngaveram” meaning “horn root," and there are over 1,200 types of ginger with only certain species available for human consumption.
What to Heal: Ginger's medicinal forms are numerous. As "Jamaica ginger," it was classified as a stimulant and carminative and was used frequently for dyspepsia, gastroparesis, slow motility symptoms, constipation, and colic, as well as to disguise the taste of medicines.
Studies indicate ginger may provide short-term relief of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. It may also be effective for other forms of nausea or in treating pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle injury.
Throughout the world, tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds. Ginger ale and ginger beer are also common.
In Burma, ginger and a local sweetener made from palm tree juice boiled together and taken to prevent the flu while in China, ginger is included in several traditional preparations, including a drink made with sliced ginger cooked in water with brown sugar or acola is used as a folk medicine for the common cold. In addition "ginger eggs" is a common home remedy for coughing.
Ginger has also been traditionally used to help with inflammation, which a variety of scientific studies supports. It's been more proven to reduce pain than painkillers.
In India, it is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headaches and is consumed when suffering from colds. When combined with lemon and black salt, it is used for nausea, while in Indonesia it is used as an herbal remedy to reduce fatigue, reducing winds in the blood, and preventing and curing rheumatism and poor dietary habits.
It is also used to help prevent motion and morning sickness, as recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. It is also used to treat heat cramps.
It's also used to help aid blood circulation, increase appetites and to increase the absorption of nutrients in the body. In addition, it clears the "microcirculatory channels" of the body, including the sinuses. Besides helping nausea, it helps with gas.
How to Heal: Add ginger to just about any dish or drink it in a tea or soda. It can also be taken as a supplement or can be added into a medication.
Related Chakras: Ginger is considered healing for the Root Chakra (One World Healing). Since it is an aphrodisiac, it also helps open the Sacral Chakra (Experience Essential Oils). Dr. Oz also recommends drinking it to heal the Solar Plexus.
Spiritual + Psychic Properties: Ginger addresses “lack” and assists those who need the self-confidence and motivation to put plans and ideas into the physical realm. In other words, it allows people to “digest” parts of ourselves that need to be changed so they can better serve themselves.
History + Lore: The history of Ginger goes back over 5,000 years when the Indians and ancient Chinese considered it a tonic root for all ailments. Ginger has been used to make gingerbread for over 4,000 years. After the Romans received the spice from India, they used it as an aphrodisiac even then.
It's been used as a spice in Asian and African cooking for thousands of years. It is only in recent years that ginger has become more valued as a spice than for it’s medicinal properties. In western countries, it has been used to add taste to buttermilk drinks as far back as the 11th Century AD.
Today it can be purchased just about anywhere, but in the 14th century a pound of ginger cost the same as a full sheep.