Ginger - a healthy tuber: chosen medicinal plant of 2018

Ginger - the healthy tuber: medicinal plant of the year 2018
Ginger is a popular spice in Asian cuisine. The tuber gives dishes a fine sharpness and at the same time promotes health. The Naturopathic Society (NHV) Theophrastus has chosen ginger as the medicinal plant of the year 2018 in order to indicate its medicinal effects.

Ginger has been used medicinally in its native Asia for millennia. In the Middle Ages, the tuber also had many followers in Europe: Benedictine Hildegard von Bingen and doctor Paracelsus used the ginger for gastrointestinal complaints, for example. In the meantime, numerous studies have confirmed the naturopathic effect. This is how ginger promotes digestion and prevents a feeling of fullness after a lavish meal. Nausea and vomiting are alleviated, which has also proven itself in the case of travel sickness. Ginger is also said to help with colds, back pain and migraines.

For headaches, it is recommended to rub the forehead and neck with a freshly cut slice of ginger. For a large cup of ginger tea, a walnut-sized amount of ginger is peeled and cut into small pieces. Then pour hot water over it and let it steep for at least ten minutes. A slice of untreated lemon and a spoonful of honey refine the enjoyment. The tea warms from the inside and promotes digestion when drunk before eating. A few pieces of candied ginger before meals can stimulate appetite, especially in older people.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) belongs to the botanical family of the ginger family and is related to other spices such as turmeric, cardamom and galangal. The reed-like plant comes from tropical regions of Asia and is a perennial. The rhizome creeps horizontally on the ground and is branched like antlers. Valuable ingredients include essential oil and the spicy substances gingerol and shogaol. The essential oil is in the secretion cells under the cork layer. It is therefore best not to peel ginger, but only to carefully scrape off the cork with a spoon. Heike Kreutz, respectively

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