Herbs Guide


Family Name: Zingiberaceae

Botanical Name(s): Zingiber officinale

Popular Name(s): Shunthi, Adrak, Sunth, Black Ginger, Race Ginger, African Ginger

Parts Used: Root

Habitat: Ginger is native to Asia. It is cultivated in West Indies, Jamaica and Africa also.

Description: Ginger is a perennial root. In tuberous joints, it creeps and increases in size keeping itself under the ground. In spring, the root sends up a green reed, like a stalk, 2 feet high, with narrow lanceolate leaves. The flowering stalk rises from the root and ends up in an oblong scallop spike. Ginger produces flower buds which are white and pink in colour and bloom into yellow flowers

Uses: Ginger is used as a stimulant and as a carminative agent. Its young roots are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. Ginger is used as a flavouring agent. The flowers have an aromatic smell but the root is the most useful part of the plant. Ginger is used to cure alcoholic gastritis and diarrhoea. Ginger Tea is a hot infusion, very useful to cold. It helps in indigestion and in alcoholic gastritis also.