Ginger - Zingiber officinale

Updated: May 27

Ginger is a Perenial plant which you will have no doubt seen at some stage as just a rhizome but have you ever seen the plant that grows above it?

It has lush green leaves with a beautiful red flower as pictured below.





Word has it that you can grow your own ginger from a rhizome bought at the Supermarket though I am yet to try this out.

When I do I will be purchasing my rhizome from an organic supplier because I can't stand the thought of there being chemicals on the plant and often they do spray them with a retardant to stop them growing.


Over summer the plant will grow, and over winter it will die off and become dormant.

It is best started inside in late spring or early summer because it doesn't like be left anywhere the temperature is going to constantly be below 16°.

Once the weather warms up put it in your glass house and keep it well watered. I'll be feeding mine with an organic fertilizer regularly as well.

As it starts to cool off coming into Autumn bring it back inside and sit it on a sunny window until the plant dies back and then harvest your rhizome!


If anyone has tried this themselves I would love to hear your experience in the comments below, I'm expecting this to be challenging here in the deep south.

So what is it good for?

Culinary

I'm guessing you know you can use it in cooking, it's great in Stir fries, Sushi, biscuits, drinks to name a few and I'm sure you all know the taste, a little goes a long way.

It's also high in Vitamin B6 and Magnesium so you know it's good for you!


Nausea

Many studies have been done on Ginger to prove its efficacy on Nausea including this one Just 1-1.5 grams of ginger a day can help prevent various types of nausea including that caused by chemotherapy and morning sickness.

Keep in mind though if you are close to labour or have previously experienced a miscarriage it is recommended that you don't consume it.


Weight Loss

If you look you will find more studies that show Ginger is an excellent aid to help you on your weight loss journey, this one in particular caught my eye.

The thought here is that it helps increase the number of calories your body is burning.


Reduce Blood Sugars

Don't get me wrong, if you have diabetes and you need to take medication for it make sure you do but including ginger into your diet will help.

This study was of 41 people with Type 2 diabetes that were given 2 grams of ginger powder a day and their fasting blood sugar reduced by 12%!


Indigestion

If you suffer from heart burn and Indigestion this is generally caused because of delayed stomach emptying, according to this study ginger helps speed that process up and prevent indigestion altogether.


Menstrual Pain

150 women took part in a study where they were split into 3 groups. One group took ginger powder the other Menamins Acid and the other Ibuprofen four times a day for the first 3 days of their period and the results came back that the ginger worked just as well as the other 2 NSAID's


Anti-inflammatory

Gingerol the main bioactive compound found in Ginger is Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant.

This study showed a significant reduction in pain and disability of people with Osteoarthritis when they took between 500mg and 1g of ginger for 12 weeks.




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