ginger

Ginger: for anyone suffering from chilblains, Raynaud's disease, or other problems due to poor circulation, ginger is like an internal hot-water bottle ...

Common Names: Ginger

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Family: Zingiberaceae

Plant Type: Creeping perennial

Parts Used: Roots

Ginger is said to be a native of Asia. It is cultivated in West Indies, Jamaica and Africa.

Description: Ginger is a perennial root which creeps and increases underground, in tuberous joints; in the spring it sends up from its roots a green reed, like a stalk, 2 feet high, with narrow lanceolate leaves; these die down annually. The flowering stalk rises directly from the root, ending in an oblong scallop spike; from each spike a white or yellow bloom grows.

Cultivation: Ginger is a tropical plant only hardy to zone 9. It is a perennial, and prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil in part sun.

Culinary Uses: The flavor of ginger is a spicy citrus. The root is used in the cuisine of Asia, East India, the Caribbean, and North Africa. Sliver some fresh and add to your favorite stir-fry. Dried ginger is used in many desserts besides the traditional gingerbread.

Ginger Magick

Love. Money. Success. Power.

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Eat ginger before doing a spell to increase its power.

Ginger root, because of its gnarled shape, can substitute for mandrake.

To cleanse an area and dispel any negative energy, burn some dried ginger as incense.

Plant and grow whole ginger roots or sprinkle ginger powder into your pockets to attract money. 

Herbal Healing with Ginger

Medicinal Actions: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitussive, aperitif, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent (stops bleeding), carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive (nausea), diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant (circulatory and nervous systems), stomachic, tonic, tonifying (digestive system), vermifuge

Medicinal Uses: Ginger is used to soothe indigestion and treat motion sickness. Ginger tea is a tried and true remedy for morning sickness. It is a diaphoretic and promotes peripheral circulation; like other hot spices, it stimulates the circulation and can provoke a sweat that will cool down or reduce a fever. Gargle with an infusion of ginger to treat a sore throat. Use it as a poultice to treat muscle spasms. If you put ginger on the skin, whether it is grated or used as a wash in tea or tincture form, it will bring a flush to that area, easing inflammation and soothing pain.

 

Body Care with Ginger

  • To relieve acid reflux, or intestinal gas or cramps, take 1 cup ginger infusion three times daily.

  • For travel sickness, take 1 teaspoon ginger tincture in a little water or juice up to three times daily.

Infusion: Steep 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder or 2.5 cm (1 inch) grated fresh ginger root in 1 cup just-boiled water for 5 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste, and drink.

Tincture: 200g (7 oz) dried ginger powder or 400g (14 oz) grated fresh ginger root in 1 litre (4 cups) vodka-water mix.

Source: The Essential Herbs Handbook by Lesley Bremness

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INFUSION

Steep the recommended quantity of leaves or flowers of the herb in one cup of just-boiled water for 10 minutes (this makes one dose). Strain before drinking, or leave the herbs as sprigs and simply remove them. Always cover infusions if you intend to store them, and use them within 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.


DECOCTION

Place the relevant quantity of herbs in 800ml cold water (makes three doses) in a pan. Boil, then simmer for 1 hour to reduce the liquid by a third. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and store, in a cool place, for up to 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.


TINCTURE

Tinctures can be used to prepare roots or leaves. They include alcohol and water to extract the properties from the herbs which would not be available if a water preparation alone was used. It is possible to replace the alcohol with glycerol or vinegar.

A tincture will last for up to two years, which makes it a very convenient method if you intend long-term use of the herbs.


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