Botanical name: Zingiber Officinale
Botanical family: Zingiberaceae
Part of plant used: Root
Origin: Japan, India, Malaysia, China. Related to Orchids and Iris’. Loves abundant running water/rain – monsoon like conditions. Hot, humid, equatorial.
Description: Strongly aromatic, camphorous with lemon and pepper undertones.
History: For centuries Ginger has been used for tonics, stimulants, febrifuges and against the plague.
Properties and Indications:
- Sudorific – for people who don’t sweat enough
- For slow painful digestion
- Intestinal gaseous states
- Helps to regulate the appetite – anorexia and bulimia
- Rubefacient – for bruised muscles or pulled tendons (creates heat on the surface of the skin)
- Kidney problems, kidney infections and chronic cystitis
- Sciatica – warms up cold nerves
- Rheumatism – muscles
- Clears the head, down to earth, warming quality for the body for someone who is always physically cold or afraid of being cold/alone
- Do not use if pregnant – can raise the blood pressure
- Do not use if already have high blood pressure
- Anise-Star, Bay, Birch, Caraway, Cinnamon, Coriander, Clove, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage, Verbena
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