Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinales)
This warming medicinal root improves circulation by the action of its volatile oils, which relax the musculature of the veins and mid sized arteries, thereby allowing a greater volume of blood flow. It also contributes towards better digestion and relief of nausea symptoms, (including motion sickness). It is classified as a circulatory stimulant and a carminative. It can be somewhat irritating to ulcers, however.
Ginger is widely available in its fresh form as in the picture above, or in its dried form, (cut & sifted tea cut root is best for making teas). It is used extensively throughout the world as a warming, flavorful spice, especially in Eastern styles of cooking. As an added bonus, Ginger root contains approximately 5% by weight of free calcium which is available for uptake by the body.
Ginger root is used historically in a medicinal sense for conditions of poor circulation to the extremeties, indicated by cold hands and feet. Drinking some of the decocted tea every several hours (3 times daily) has been reported to be helpful for improving this condition.(an effect which I have observed in others and felt in my own body after drinkng the tea.)
Tea Doseage: As a tea, 1 to 2 fluid ounces (1/8 to 1/4 cup) of a strong decoction is taken as often as needed.
For instructions on how to make a tea using dried Ginger root (cut and sifted for teas), please follow the directions for decoctions on the Tea Making page.
Sometimes a liquid extract of the fresh root is preferrable to a tea, when you do not have the time or facilities to make a tea. We carry both.
Extract dosage: An extract of the fresh root is used to make the extract. This extract is made at a 1:2 strength, and the recommended dose is 10 - 20 drops in a cup of water, taken as needed.
Externally, Ginger root can be used as a poultice or a foementation, placed over the affected area, to stimulate circulation and movement of bodily fluids. (two examples are: placed over the chest area in cases of a cold or lung congestion, or placed over a bruised area on a leg or arm, also to stimulate fluid transport in the damaged tissues, which may aid removal of dead cells, and promote healing of the injury. (not recommended for use on broken skin)
If you would like to see which forms of this herb we can supply and for pricing see our Herbs & their extracts page.
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