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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

GINGER


Latin Name: Zingiber officinale

Alternate Names: Jiang, Sheng Jian, Singabera (Sanskrit), Sunthi (Sanskrit - Dry Ginger), Ardraka (Sanskrit - Fresh Ginger), Gan Jiang (Chinese - Dry Ginger), Sheng Jian (Chinese - Fresh Ginger)

Family: ZINGIBERACEAE

Parts Used: Rhizome.

Properties: Analgesic, Antiemetic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Aromatic, Anticoagulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Sialagogue, Stimulant, Vermifuge.

Internal Uses: Amenorrhea, Arthritis, Backache, Bacterial Infection, Catarrh, Colds, Cough, Cramps, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Flu, Food Poisoning, Hypertension, Indigestion, Lumbago, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Nausea, Stroke, Tonsillitis, Vertigo, Viral Infections

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.
Ginger has been found to be even more effective than Dramamine in curbing motion sickness, without causing drowsiness. Chew a piece of the fresh root to treat sore throats.
Ginger is an excellent herb to improve circulation to all parts of the body. It reduces blood platelet aggregation and inhibits the biochemical pathways associated with inflammation.

Topical Uses: Arthritis, Asthma, Balding, Chills, Colds, Flu, Headache, Kidney Stones, Muscle Soreness

Topical Applications: Use a compress of Ginger on arthritic joints, sore muscles, kidney stones, asthma and hypertensive headaches. Bath herb for chills, muscle soreness and poor circulation. Foot soaks for cold and flu. Massage oil. Essential oil used in men's aftershaves. Used in perfumes.

Culinary uses: Breads, Sauces, Stir Fry Dishes, Sushi condiment, chutney, curries, meat, fish, candied ginger, ginger ale, ginger beer, hot cider, mulled wines, liqueurs, cordials.

Energetics: Pungent, Sweet, Hot, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Gingerols, zingibain, bisabolenel, oleoresins, starch, essential oil (zingiberene, zingiberole, camphene, cineol, borneol), mucilage, protein.

Contraindications: Avoid in instances of hot skin disorders like acne and eczema. Do not use during a very high fever, internal bleeding or ulcers. discontinue if it causes heartburn.

Comments: Zingiber means 'horn root' in Sanskrit, in reference to its shape. One of the first species introduced from Asia to Europe, it soon sent European explorers looking for a new route to Cathay. Henry VIII recommended it as a remedy against the Bubonic Plague. It is also called Vishwabhesaj, or Universal Medicine, in Ayurvedic medicine.
Chinese ships carried pots of Ginger on board long sea voyages to prevent scurvy and seasickness. A Chinese folk remedy recommends rubbing the cut root on the scalp to stop hair loss. In India, before religious festivals devotees would avoid Garlic, so as not to offend the dieties. Instead, they consumed Ginger, which left them fragrant and pleasing.

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