Zingiber officinale

Ginger is not only common kitchen spice, but that has been traded across the world for millenia for its medicinal properties. It was valued enough that in the second century AD the Roman Empire was levying taxes on ginger imports, among a short list of other items. The Latin Zingiber, and many present day names for the herb in European languages, were derived from ancient Tamil Ingiver. It’s medicinal values are currently studied clinically, but have been apparent for millennia. Aside from the modern recognition it has been used by western medical traditions, and heavily in Ayurvedic and Chinese medical traditions. [1]

Ginger supports healthy digestion and digestive health, can alleviate nausea, and has a host of other powerful impacts stemming from it’s unique gingerol compounds and anti-inflammatory effects [2].

Such a solid foundation of digestive support and rising to combat chronic health conditions certainly makes ginger a golden superfood.