Ginger Root

We’ll just say it up front and get it over with. We love ginger!!! Ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger candy,Naturally Botanicals-Ginger-Zingiber officinale gingersnaps, gari (sushi ginger), and hot or cold ginger tea.

Ginger is one of the most widely consumed aromatic spices on the planet. In addition to ginger tasting great, it has some excellent medicinal properties. It was originally a plant that thrived in the southern parts of Asia, where it was used as both a medicine and a spice since ancient times. The plant is primarily grown for its rhizome or root; other parts of the plant may also be consumed as a type of vegetable, or used as a seasoning.

Ginger is a very common ingredient in many types of cuisine. It is used to add a little spiciness to soups and stews, or other foods. It can be eaten raw, cooked, dried, pickled or candied. 

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a member of the Zingiberaceae family. (Say that 3 times fast!) That’s a family of flowering plants made up of about 1600 known species of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes (mass of roots) found throughout tropical Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Ginger is valued for its flavor and the age-old medicinal effects of its roots. Turmeric, cardamom, and galangal are also members of the Zingiberaceae family.

Ancient Sanskrit, Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Arabic texts discussed the use of ginger for health-related purposes. In Asian medicine, dried ginger root has been used for thousands of years to treat stomachache, diarrhea, and nausea and other gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, loose stools, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting, and for treatment of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Ginger has also been known to be effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps and migraine headache.

Ginger is considered to be a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-nausea agent.

Naturally Botanicals-Ginger-Zingiber officinale 2Ginger grows in sub-tropical, volcanic soils in the southern hemispheres. Native to southeastern Asia, ginger has been renowned for centuries in many areas throughout the world. It has long been prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. After the ancient Romans imported ginger from China almost two thousand years ago, its popularity in Europe remained centered in the Mediterranean region until the Middle Ages when its use spread throughout other countries. Although it was a very expensive spice, owing to the fact that it had to be imported from Asia, it was still in great demand. In an attempt to make it more available, Spanish explorers introduced ginger to the West Indies, Mexico, and South America. In the 16th century, these areas began exporting the precious herb back to Europe. Today, the top commercial producers of ginger include Jamaica, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia.

The volatile oils in dried rhizome of ginger, including gingerols (the major pungent compounds present in the rhizomes), shogaols (imparting the characteristic pungent taste to dried ginger) zingiberene (contributing to the herb’s aroma) and bisabolene (a natural chemical compound which is present in the essential oils) are considered to be responsible for the healing abilities of ginger.

Raw ginger is composed of 79% water, 18% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and 1% fat. It contains moderate amounts of Vitamin B6 and dietary minerals magnesium and manganese.

Ginger Root may be used as a treatment for following health benefits

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stomachache
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Migraines
  • Motion Sickness
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Heartburn

These chewy ginger cookies sound fabulous. They feature fresh, powdered AND crystallized ginger for a triple kick.


If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Ginger Root, please visit these links:

Inf-X by Professional Botanicals

Female Gland Balance by Professional Botanicals

Menopause by Professional Botanicals

Di-Aide Enzymes by Professional Botanicals

InVert by Professional Botanicals

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