Health Benefits and History of Ginger
You can find it in foods, beverages, even nursery rhymes. But wherever ginger goes, it's sure to spice things up.
Healers have used the herb for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese treated stomach ailments with ginger.
So did the Greeks, but they wrapped it in bread. Today, some doctors recommend ginger for the nausea that comes with pregnancy or motion sickness.
And studies show it may help relieve soreness a day or two after workouts.
The name ginger comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "horned root." that's because the part of the plant we use looks a little like antlers.
In Korea, ginger is used to spice up a fermented the vegetable dish called kim-chi.
In the Ivory Coast, ginger is mixed with orange, lemon and pineapple to make a sweet juice.
And in India, you can buy ginger candy.
In medieval England, ginger was used as a substitute for black pepper.
Queen Elizabeth I is credited with commissioning the first gingerbread man. She impressed visiting dignitaries by giving them one that looked just like her.
Speaking of England-know what people there with red hair are called? You guessed it--gingers.
This entry last modified on: September 26, 2012 4:07 PM
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Doctors often prescribe ginger for what pregnancy symptom? Get the answer along with more fascinating facts about this herb.