Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale
- English: Ginger, Adrakh
- Also, known as: Sunthi, Nagara, Ardraka, Gan jiang, Shen jiang, Sonth, Katubhadra, Srangavera, Ada, Adu, Alla, Hasishunti, Inchi, Ardrak, Ale, Adi, Adrak, Injee, Allam, lakottai, Inji, Allamu, Allam, Adrak, MahauÀadha, Nagara, Visva, Visvabhesaja, Adasuth, Aadar Shuth, Suntha, Sundh,Suntha, Sonth, Shunthi, Shonth, Chukku, Sunth, Sunthi, Sund, Sukku, Chukku, Sonthi, Sunthi, Sonth, Zanjabeel
Parts Used: Root
Ginger is native to Asia. The plant grows to a height of about 2 to3 feet and has white or yellow flowers. It grows in hot, humid, subtropical climates in many parts of the world. The herb has broad leaves, arising from the ground. It rarely flowers. The fresh root is called adrak and the dried root sonth in most parts of India. Before drying, the rhizome is boiled in water and the outer corky layers are scrapped. It is cut longitudinally and dried. Throughout the whole of Asia, from China to Turkey, ginger has a reputation for being a powerful aphrodisiac. In traditional Chinese medicine, the dry ginger rhizome is used to expel interior cold, while fresh ginger disperses exterior cold (Bone, 1997).
Ginger is an important spice that is much used in Asian cooking to flavor meat dishes, marinades, fish, curries, soups, sauces, rice dishes, and stir-fries.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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