How to Grow Ginger for Home Remedies
In China, India, and other parts of Asia, ginger has a long and storied history as a highly prized food item and herbal medicine.
Most people only know ginger (Zingiber officinale) for its role in stir fries and in ginger ale, but it is actually an ancient herb that has been cultivated in the East for thousands of years.
Cultivation of Ginger
Though it is most prominent in Chinese and Southeast Asian cooking and medicine, ginger is also cultivated in North America, South America, Australia, and other parts of the world.
Because it can be expensive in the West, those who consume ginger regularly choose to grow their own. The ginger plant requires little attention and can be easily grown in a pot indoors.
To sprout ginger from root stock:
- Get some fresh ginger rhizomes. Choose ones that already have growth buds. These are tiny protrusions that look like little horns at the end of each piece or “finger”.
- If you got your ginger from a store, it is best to soak them overnight, as they have likely been treated with a growth retardant.
- You can either plant the ginger in a shallow tub or pot with some good potting soil or directly into the ground. Cut the ginger into pieces and plant each piece 2 to 5 inches into the soil, about 6 to 8 inches apart.
- Cover the ginger pieces lightly with soil.
- Water your ginger plants regularly but don’t over soak them.
- At the end of the season, the leaves of your ginger plants will start to fade. You can then harvest the ginger for culinary use and for replanting.
Tips on Growing Ginger
Ginger is a tropical plant. It loves sunlight, humidity, and rich, moist soils. If you’re keeping your ginger plant indoors, put it in a sunny spot where it will receive plenty of sun in the morning and dappled sunlight in the afternoon.
- Ginger is not suited to frost, strong winds, and dry or waterlogged soil.
- Mix compost with your potting soil.
- If there is not enough humidity where you live, mist your ginger plants regularly.
Medicinal Uses of Ginger
Ginger is widely known as an herbal remedy for an astounding number of ailments.
Fight nausea – Studies have shown that ginger is an effective anti-vomiting remedy. Taking raw ginger, ginger powder, or an infusion of ginger helps prevent and relieve motion sickness and pregnancy-related dizziness and nausea. Ginger also helps reduce nausea in chemotherapy and post-surgery patients.
Keep your tummy healthy – Ginger has beneficial enzymes that heal and protect the gut. It stops the formation of ulcers, neutralizes excess acids in the stomach, and eliminates diarrhea-causing bacteria such as E. coli.
Take ginger for good heart health – Ginger’s extraordinary ability to fight inflammation is extremely helpful to the heart, where inflammation can become chronic and lead to serious diseases. It also stimulates blood circulation and lowers cholesterol levels.
Dodge the common cold – A natural immune booster, ginger has antibacterial and antiviral properties that protect you from airborne diseases such as the flu and the common cold.
Take ginger and boost your mood – A ginger a day makes the blues go away! Some studies report that taking ginger on a regular basis can help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Sweat out a fever with ginger – Ginger has a “warming” effect that will help you sweat out a fever. It can also reduce pain and fight infections.
Prevent the big C – Scientists have found that there are chemicals in ginger that fight cancer cells in test tubes. More tests need to be done to see if they will have the same effect on humans but, for sure, ginger has anticancer properties.
…and a host of other serious diseases!
Is there anything ginger can’t cure? This powerful herb has also been found effective in treating or reducing the pain caused by osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, alcoholism, toothaches, frostbite, liver disease, flatulence, dysmenorrhea, colic, indigestion, and hypertension.Share with friends!