Ginger

Ginger derives its name form the Sanskrit word Srngavera - meaning,  'horn-shaped'. Known and used since ancient times in India and China, this tuber  with many knobby protuberances called 'fingers' and a piquantly delicious taste  is today found in many kitchens all over the world. Acknowledged as a digestive  aid and a mild stimulant, ginger is reputed to have powerful aphrodisiacal  properties as well.  

    

     Health Benefits:
       Ginger root is a medicinal herb used primarily for the treatment of Dyspepsia  (discomfort after eating), which includes the symptoms of bloating, heartburn,  flatulence, and nausea. It is also considered helpful as a preventative for  motion sickness and as a digestive aid. In some traditional systems it is  credited with the ability to treat arthritis, fevers, headaches, and toothaches.  It may have the ability to lower blood cholesterol and aid in preventing  internal blood clots. It is often taken to help combat colds, coughs, and the  flu.
   

     History:
       Naturalized in America after the discovery of that country by the Spaniards.  Francisco de Mendosa transplanted it from the East Indies into Spain, where  Spanish-Americans cultivated it vigorously, so that in 1547 they exported 22,053  cwt. into Europe. It  is now cultivated in great quantities in Jamaica and comes into this country  dried and preserved. The root from the West Indies is considered the best. Also  imported from Africa, there are several varieties known in commerce.