I love botany, but know so little about it.
I found a very interesting page on the Zingiber - it discusses not only various uses for the plant but mentions that it resembles BAMBOO!!!!
An ancient remedy, Ginger is used for many purposes
, most notably perhaps for nausea
. As a stimulant
, it helps to improve peripheral circulation
. In fevers
, it promotes perspiration. It is also excellent for treating dyspepsia, colic and flatulence
. Externally, it forms the base for various muscle strain and fibrositis treatments
. Ginger, however, has many other uses and well deserves its' worldwide reputation - gained over thousands of years - as a powerful aid for healing
Ginger, which is used in a vast array of sweet and savoury dishes
around the world, is a tender, creeping perennial. It grows in tropical climates from underground rhizomes, which are commonly (but incorrectly) called 'roots'. The plant may reach 3-4' (1 - 1.2m) in height. It has dark, erect stems that resemble bamboo
and lance shaped leaves. The thick, fibrous buff to white tuberous rhizome is perennial and has a spicy, warming smell and a pungent, citrus like taste. Zingiber officinale blooms have a small green inflorescence with white and maroon flowers. In other species, colours can range through to reds and oranges.
The botanical name for Ginger - Zingiber officinale - was given by the Swedish botanist innaeus. It comes from the Sanskrit word of singabera, which means 'shaped like a horn.' The term officinale simply means that the plant is commonly available and is useful to humans in medicine and as a food
. Ginger is known as Sheng jian in Chinese and has a number of English synonyms including Jamaican Ginger. The rhizome and essential oil are used medicinally