Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose underground stem, or rhizome – known as ginger root or just ginger – has been widely used for centuries. It has been used as a spice as well as an alternative medicine because of its many well-known health benefits. Interestingly, it belongs to the same family (Zingiberaceae) as turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
Believed to have originated on the Indian subcontinent, ginger was first exported to Europe in the first century AD and was reportedly used extensively by the Romans.
Ginger is a potent aromatic herb and a good natural source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Just a few slivers of fresh ginger can be used to make a healing tea. When ground to a paste or dry powder, it can be added to soups, sauces, marinades, and many other dishes to add both flavor and a pungent taste. For cooking, fresh ginger root is usually best, but powdered ginger or ginger paste are both great alternatives that can be conveniently stored for long periods of time.
Ginger Health Benefit #1: Heals the Gut
Ginger Health Benefit #2: Fights Pain and Inflammation