When used as a kitchen spice, it’s flavour is both used as a sweet and savoury dishes. Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant in the family Zingiberaceae has grown for its edible rhizome (underground stem) which is widely used as a spice. The rhizome is brown, with a corky outer layer and pale-yellow scented centre. The above ground shoot is erect and reed-like with linear leaves that are arranged alternately on the stem. The shoots originate from multiple bases and wrap around one another. The leaves can reach 7 cm (2.75 in) in length and 1.9 cm (0.7 in) broad. Flowering heads are borne on shorter stems and the plant produces cone-shaped, pale yellow flowers. The ginger plant can reach 0.6–1.2 m in height (2–4 ft) and is grown as an annual plant. Ginger may also be referred to as true ginger, stem ginger, garden ginger or root ginger and it is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia.
Ginger is popularly used as a spice in cooking and can be used either fresh, dried or powdered. The fresh rhizome can be used to extract the ginger essential oil. Ginger may also be used to flavour beverages. Ginger continues to be a popular folk remedy in China and India.
Directions for Use
Used in aromatherapy applications, diffusing 2-3 drops of Ginger Oil in a diffuser of personal preference can improve a negative mood and low libido. By facilitating the onset of sleep and improving sleep quality, diffusing Ginger Oil is known to benefit those suffering from insomnia.
Ginger, when used as a spice, is believed to be generally safe. In some people, ginger can have mild side effects such as abdominal discomfort, heartburn, diarrhea, and gas.