GINGER

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Zingiber officinale
Rhizome

Anodyne, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic,
carminative, circulatory stimulant, choleretic, diaphoretic, expectorant,
orexigenic

Ginger is a tropical plant but if you start it indoors and plant outside after all danger of frost, you can produce it in most areas. I have grown it in large pots to make it easier to harvest, although I’m sure I would get greater yields if I grew it in a raised bed.

We are all familiar with gingerbread and gingerbread cookies… both are traditional holiday treats. It is used to brighten the flavor of pumpkin pie… and the list goes on and on.

Ginger is widely used to settle an upset stomach, whether due to overeating, motion sickness or even morning sickness.

But did you know that it is also excellent for helping you feel better during Cold and Flu season?

Fresh ginger root can be sliced thinly and steeped in boiling water to make a tea. You can also use dried ginger for this, of course. Drinking it will make you sweat. That helps clear some of the misery associated with colds and flu.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory… and thus helps to relieve some of the aches and pains from that illness.. along with the aches and pains associated with other complaints.

How do you grow it yourself?

Purchase a nice fat firm root, organic to avoid the chemicals used to treat so many commercial farms. Look for one that has little bumps scattered along the length. Those are the “eyes” that will grow the sprouts. Plant it a couple inches deep, water, and remove any weeds that try to compete with it. It is ready to harvest when the leaves start to die back in the fall, before frost hits it.