Native to southeastern Asia, a region whose cuisines still feature this wonderfully spicy herb, ginger has been renowned for millennia in many areas throughout the world. Ginger is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings, and has long been prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties.
The Qur’an mentions ginger as one of the drinks of Paradise. During the time of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, the Byzantine Emperor sent a jar of pickled ginger to the Prophet ﷺ as a gift. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ate from it and gave a piece to each of his Companions.
The spice ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant, known botanically as Zingiber officinale. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety.The plant’s botanical name is thought to be derived from its Sanskrit name singabera which means “horn shaped,” a physical characteristic that ginger reflects.
Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to Asian stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes. Fresh ginger root is available year round in the produce section of your local market.
Ginger is produced in the humid tropical countries. India and China are the most important producers in the world. This spice is used in the Emirati cuisine to give flavor to different meat and vegetable dishes.
The use of ginger as a safe and effective medicine is so well established that no home should be without ginger. Thousands of years of use in Arabia, China, India, Pakistan and Europe testifies to its benefits. Modern researchers continue to confirm much of the classical uses suggested by many physicians.
Due to the benefits of ginger being hot and moist, it is an excellent medicine to use in any cold or phlegmatic condition, such as cold or flu. For colds and flu, bacterial or viral, ginger will be found most helpful, as it promotes heat, induces sweating and destroys germs and poisons.
Since ginger is warm and stimulating, it is an excellent medicine for circulation and heart conditions. Heart disease is the main cause of death and disability in the so-called “modern world”. About two thirds of “modern human beings” have high blood cholesterol, half of which will have heart attacks, strokes or other circulatory diseases. Ginger helps to improve the quality of the contraction by preventing blood-clots. Ginger can act as a natural aspirin without the side effects of the tablet.
Dried ginger improves poor memory. For this purpose, 1 gram of powder in warm milk is an excellent way of using ginger. Stomach and digestion One of the most important and best known uses of ginger is on the digestive system. It is the classic medicine for dealing with many digestive disorders.
Ginger promotes digestive heat burning toxins and removing and lowering cholesterol deposits. Ginger is a pungent herb par excellence; we may call ginger as being stimulating carminative for digestion.
Dried ginger is found to be effective for nausea and vomiting due to travelling. For this purpose, 1 gram of dried ginger may be used 30 minutes before starting the journey and then one dose every four hours. Many women experience nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy.
Ginger should not be used when there are ulcers in the digestive system.