Ginger Root Zingiber officinale

Common uses as tea

  • Warming and flavorful
  • Warms digestive organs
  • Stimulates digestive secretions
  • Increases amylase in saliva
  • Facilitates digestion of starchy foods
  • Reduces inflammation and pain by inhibiting prostaglandin production
  • Strengthens the tissues of the heart muscle
  • Activates the immune system
  • Relives nausea
  • Improves circulation
  • Can relieve morning sickness *see contraindications

Topical Uses

  • Compress for arthritic joints, sore muscles, & toothaches to relieve pain
  • Place over the kidneys to aid in the passing of stones, and relieve the pain
  • Placed over the back or chest it can help relieve asthmatic symptoms
  • Used in a bath for chills, sore muscles, sciatica, & poor circulation
  • Used as a tea for a sore throat gargle
  • Footbath to treat athletes foot


  • Pregnant women should not consume more than 1-gram daily
  • Avoid in hot inflammatory conditions such as peptic ulcers, or hyperacidity
  • May cause adverse reactions with anticoagulant drugs such as Coumadin or aspirin