African Ginger

africa_gingerFor centuries many tribes have respected the Queen’s powers. Even Shaka Zulu sent his top emissaries to request the Queen’s blessings. This herb has a long history of use in African traditional medicine for a range of conditions especially skin aliments. The root or rhizome is the part used, and comes to market in jointed branches called races or hands. The smell of ginger is aromatic and penetrating.

 

Ginger has a stimulating effect on the heart and circulation, creating a feeling of warmth and well-being and restoring vitality, especially for those feeling the cold in winter. Hot ginger tea promotes perspiration and helps with the detoxing properties of the body.

 

Therapeutic properties –

 

Ginger is well researched, and its therapeutic benefits are largely due to its volatile oil and oleoresin content. Ginger is an acrid constituent, responsible for much of the herb’s hot taste and stimulating properties. The shogaols, formed as the plant dries, are more strongly irritant and acrid than the constituents present in the fresh rhizome. Benefits to the skin are lightening age spots, cellulite reduction, and increases skin radiance.  Ginger is an antioxidant which means it inhibits harmful free radicals that cause damage and aging to the skin.  Ginger improves skin tone and promotes smoothness to the touch of the skin.