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Information about the herb Ginger

Zingiber officinale, also known as African Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae plant family. Ginger is a perennial plant indigenous to tropical Asia and cultivated in other tropical areas, especially Jamaica.

General Information

Botanical Name:Zingiber officinale

Plant Family:Zingiberaceae

Common Names: African Ginger, Black Ginger, Race Ginger

History: After the discovery of America by Spain, Ginger was introduced there

Tradition:In Wiccan rites Ginger was used in spells:

  • for success and to ensure the success of spells
  • to inspire passion in relationships

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Plant Constituents of Ginger


  • acetate of potassa
  • acetic acid
  • acrid soft resin
  • asmazone
  • gum
  • insoluble resin
  • lignin
  • phenols
  • starch
  • sulfur
  • vegetable matter
  • volatile oil


  • adjuvant [a herb added to a mixture to aid the effect of the principal ingredient]
  • appetizer [an agent that excites the appetite]
  • aromatic [a substance having an agreeable odor and stimulating qualities]
  • carminative [an agent for expelling gas from the intestines]
  • diaphoretic [an agent that promotes perspiration]
  • expectorant [an agent that promotes the discharge of mucous and secretions from the respiratory passages]
  • rubefacient [a gentle local irritant that produces blisters, inflammation and reddening of the skin]
  • sialagogue [an agent that stimulates the secretion of saliva]
  • stimulant [an agent that excites or quickens the activity of physiological processes]
  • warming, anti-chilling effect on the whole circulation

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Usage of Ginger

Medicinal Parts Used: Rootstock, rhizome

Ginger is used for:

Brain and Nervous System Conditions

  • prevents dizziness

Cardiovascular Conditions

  • problems related to poor circulation due to cold weather
  • promotes blood flow to the extremities
  • stimulates circulation
  • warming, anti-chilling effect on the whole circulation

Female Conditions

  • during pregnancy for treating morning sickness
  • suppressed menstruation

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • alcoholic gastritis
  • diarrhea from a relaxed bowel where there is no inflammation
  • during pregnancy for treating morning sickness and digestive problems
  • dyspepsia
  • flatulent colic
  • helps with griping when added to other laxative herbs
  • stimulates digestion

Respiratory Tract Conditions

  • at the onset of a cold to relieve usual symptoms
  • removes congestion
  • soothes sore throats
  • strengthens and heals the respiratory system


  • prevents vomiting
  • promotes cleansing of the system through perspiration
  • relieves headaches and body aches
  • relieves travel or motion sickness
  • spasms

Externally Ginger can be used for:

  • chill blains
  • hand and footbath (dilute if there is broken skin)
  • sore and stiff neck

Other Uses:

  • used in Ginger Beer

When combined with other herbs, Ginger enhances their effectiveness


Recommended dosage is as follows:

  • 5-15mL per week of 1:2 fluid extract

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  • Excess dosage can cause irritation


Global Herbal Supplies has Ginger available in the following forms:

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Information given by our website is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by a physician or other medical professionals. You should not use the information given for diagnosing a health problem or disease. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. The above information is just a guide to general circumstances and in no way should it contradict the advice that you have been given by your naturopath, medical doctor or specialist.

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