JAMAICA GINGER (Zingiber officinale)
Jamaica ginger, black ginger, race ginger, African ginger; Ginembre (Fr.); Rhizoma (Radix) Zingiberis, Ingwer (Ger.).
Reed-like plant with horizontal rhizome segments, light brown, depressed stem-scars, starchy, resinous, internally yellowish, agreeable aromatic odor, pungent taste (Jamaica is the least pungent and most delicate ginger).
The dried rhizome or root (with the outer cortical layers partially or completely removed).
Diffusive stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic (hot), aromatic, sternutatory, rubefacient, anodyne, sialagogue, pungent, condiment, aphrodisiac. Ginger is a milder stimulant; it goes from the capillaries, through the venous structure, to the heart and back again. It is more diffusive than, but may be used as a substitute for, cayenne when it is unavailable.
Boils, bronchitis (chronic), cholera, colds, colic, congestion, diarrhea, dyspepsia (atonic), flatulence (suppressed gas), flu, gout (atonic), griping, headache, hemorrhage of lungs, menstruation, nausea, neuralgia, paralysis of tongue, reproductive problems, rheumatism, sore throat, toothache.
Generally use ginger in infusion. Once in a while it is decocted with other herbs. In many forms it is good: bolus, essence, infusion, liniment, liquid extract, plaster, poultice, tincture.
Fluid extract 15-60 drops.
Infusion 2 fluid ounces or 1 teacupful at a time.
Oil 2 -3 drops in a cupful of water.
Powder 500 milligrams.
Tincture 5-20 drops.
It combines with almost all herbs.
Ginger is often used alone or combined with other herbs in an injection of no more than a cup (so that it can be retained); it gives its influence to the whole system.
Ginger can be administered in teas, capsules, pills, or any way you wish; the fresh root of ginger is chewed for cases of paralysis of the throat.
For babies, make the ginger tea in the same proportions (a teaspoonful to the cup) and give less of it (with an eye dropper). For very small babies, use distilled water and dilute it.
Ginger in teas is excellent wherever you have trouble in the genital-reproductive organs. We use ginger alone in menstrual cramps with amazing results, when we have not had any other herbs in an emergency, with nearly all problems, it's used in capsule or tea form, generally in equal parts with your other herbs.
Ginger is generally combined with herbs going into the abdominal area, because it is a carrier. Ginger is an herb which accentuates so many herbs in the lower abdominal and colon areas; it combines with the herbs of the "cleansing program."
Hemorrhage of lungs and salivary glands:
Chew rhizome or root.
Muscle spasms and irritations:
Use in a liniment or plaster.
Ginger can be put into the bath water (1 teaspoonful or by the pound) to take the burning off dermatitis.
Very seldom is ginger used in the nose.
1 tsp Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 tsp Baking soda
Place ingredients in 1 glass of warm to hot water; stir until the water clears.
Drink 1 glassful as needed.
Maturation poultice for boils:
1 part Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 part Flour (Cornmeal or flax seed meal)
Mix ingredients with small amount of water to make a thick paste.
Apply amply over affected area; then cover with plastic and bandage.
1/4 tsp Ginger powder (Zingiber officinale)
20 leaves Senna (Cassia angustifolia)
1 slice Lemon (Citrus limon)
Place in cup; steep with 1/3 cup of boiling water (be sure to cover); sweeten to taste with honey.
Drink the clear liquid from 1 cup.
I remember when a lady called from Salt Lake to my residence in Cottonwood at three o'clock in the morning. Her daughter was screaming in the background with terrible stomach pain. I was tired, as I had been out on night calls and had just barely retired to bed, and I said, "Take some ginger and baking soda. The pain will stop; and go back to bed--I'll call in the morning." "Oh, you've got to come." So I said, "All right." I pulled on my clothes and set out. It was eight or ten miles, so before I got there, the pains grew so acute that she finally decided to do what I told her to do. And when I arrived, the daughter met me at the door--all smiles--no pain.
Perennial herb; native of India and Hindustan; cultivated in West Indies and Africa. It thrives best on new forest soil producing when one or more years old (the younger rhizomes are best); but with some skill, it can be grown in your own herb garden.
Dig rhizomes or roots in January or February after the stems have withered; clean carefully to avoid bruising.
Drying and preservation:
Dry as rapidly as possible, while conserving the volatile oils and resins. In fact, in some of the cases, if bottled tightly in dark bottles, ginger powder will last far longer than the original whole herb would as a dry herb. Ginger is best kept hermetically sealed in the powder form or in tincture. A liquid extract is also good.
Jamaica ginger is best
Please be careful that you get the right kind of ginger; Jamaica ginger is best. Some dealers adulterate ginger and put fillers in, as with a lot of foods, so that more profits can be made. Get your ginger right from the health store, herb store, or a reliable source, so that it will be a good product. If possible grow your own, and pound the rhizome with a mortar and pestle; then you will be certain of the value.