The Wonder Root

The first recorded use of ginger is its appearance in the ancient Chinese herbal Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, written by Emperor Shen Nong around 2,000 B.C.E. It later appears in ancient Sanskrit text of India, the Mahabharata, around 400 B.C.E. There are various accounts of ginger being exported from India to the Roman Empire around 2000 years ago. At that time, it was used for both a flavorful spice and herb. Ginger has been in continuous use ever since in Europe and was a prized medicinal during the reign of King Henry the VIII in the 1500’s. By the 16th century, one pound of ginger was worth one sheep in England.

Ginger root has been used for over 5,000 years as a medicinal herb in both traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing practices. Ginger root contains compounds there that have antioxidant activity, helping repair damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. Its various active constituents seem to have anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is well known for its ability to help settle an upset stomach as well.

Many of our Buried Treasure products feature ginger root.

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