Ginger is a popular ingredient in cooking, and especially in Asian
and Indian cuisine. It has also been used for thousands of years
for medicinal purposes.
Possible health benefits include relieving nausea, loss of
appetite, motion sickness, and pain.
The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be
consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, or as
juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside
cardamom and turmeric. It is commonly produced in India, Jamaica,
Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia.
It is available fresh and dried, as ginger extract and ginger oil,
and in tinctures, capsules, and lozenges. Foods that contain ginger
include gingerbread, cookies, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and a wide
variety of savory recipes