Herb of the Month – Ginger

April 18, 2013


Zingiber Officinalis (ginger)

Ginger is one of those common, overlooked and under-estimated of herbs – mostly because it’s so well-known, well priced (it’s cheap!), and used frequently to bring zest and spicy heat to any meal it’s added to.

In fact, most people don’t even consider it to be a herb and often forget it has excellent medicinal properties.

Ginger is safe to use and provides huge benefits to the body. Here are some of the medicinal uses of ginger.


  • Root and rhizome.



  • Strong circulatory stimulant and vasodilator
  • Diaphoretic
  • Expectorant and pulmonary antiseptic
  • Visceral antispasmodic
  • Carminative



  • For chilly, cold conditions (e.g. ‘flu), especially when the lungs and respiratory system are affected.
  • Improves circulation through the tissues and promotes cleansing.
  • Excellent digestive aid – helps to alleviate gas and colic.
  • Good for nausea in pregnancy
  • Helps relieve travel sickness
  • As a diaphoretic, ginger promotes heat and sweating (by dilating peripheral capillaries – those found under the skin). This makes it excellent in fever management; promoting a good sweat during illness will speed up healing.



  • Capsules:  250-1000mg 1-3 times daily.
  • Tea (fresh):  1 teaspoonful of grated root, 1-3 times daily.
  • Tea (dried):  ¼ – ½ teaspoonful of powder, 1-3 times daily.
  • Tincture:  20-40 drops, 1-3 times daily.

* when making tea, add some fresh lemon juice and raw honey.
* add a kick to stir-fries, meat and fish dishes, soups, and even salad dressings by adding some sliced or grated ginger.



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