Ginger is a flowering plant from the Zingiberaceae plant family. It is a perennial plant that originated in Southern Asia, in the tropical jungles. It is now grown mainly in India, which is the largest producer of this plant.
The root of this herb contains chemicals that have anti-inflammatory and nausea reducing properties. When ingested, these chemicals start working once they reach the digestive tract.
Ginger is used to treat motion sickness, colic, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea caused by chemical treatments for cancer and HIV, and loss of appetite. Other uses include pain reliving effects from respiratory problems, arthritis, menstrual pain, back pain, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Oil made from this herb is applied directly to the skin to prevent insect bites, and extract mixed with water can be used to sooth burned ares of skin.The root of this plant is usually shredded or ground up and mixed with other foods or mixed into a tea.