Ginger:

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Scientific Name: Zingiber officinale

Ginger is a tuber that is consumed whole as a delicacy, medicine and spice. The ginger has a slender stem; ginger is a perennial plant, about 24 to 39 inches in height. Compared to the second and following stems, the first stems are lengthier and also bear beautiful and fragrant flowers. The ginger flowers are greenish yellow and streaked with purple down the sides. Dark green ginger leaves are characterized by a famous midrib that is sheathed at the growing base. The seeds of the ginger appear in the rare fruiting body. Other notable members of this plant family are turnmeric, cardamom and galangal. Ginger began to grow in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Carribean. Ginger is known to grow in mild and humid environmental conditions. 
Ginger produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers. Because of its aesthetic appeal and the adaptation of the plant to warm climates, ginger is often used as landscaping around subtropicalhomes. It is a perennial reed-like plant with annual leafy stems, about a meter (3 to 4 feet) tall.



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Product: Gingerbread
Gingerbread can range from a soft cake to something close to a ginger biscuit. What they have in common are the predominant flavors of ginger and a tendency to use honey or molasses rather than just sugar.


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how to make gingerbread:


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons powdered ginger


Beneficial impacts:

- "One ochf the main benefits of the herbal ginger remedy is its ability to stimulate thecirculatory system. The herb also helps in bringing an increased flow of blood to the surface of the skin; this singular property makes the ginger a very important herbal remedy for the treatment of conditions."(http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
- "Herbal remedies made from the ginger have a warming and soothing effect and help alleviate persistent coughs, all kinds of colds and flu, and other related problems of the respiratory system." (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm )
- "In China the fresh ginger and the dried ginger are used as two distinct and different herbal remedies. The Chinese system of medicine suggest the use of fresh ginger for the treatment of fevers, to treat headaches, and to alleviate the pain and discomfort of aching muscles in the body. At the same time, the dried ginger remedy is used for the treatment of internal colds, and for physical symptoms such as cold and clammy hands, a weakening of the pulse rate, and a pale or white complexion in patients." (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
- "The effectiveness of a hot ginger compress on various topically treated disorders cannot be compared to other herbal compresses, ginger compresses are used to treat muscular aches and pains, they are used in the treatment of joint stiffness, in the topical alleviation of abdominal cramps, in the treatment of kidney stone attacks, to treat stiffness in the neck, to treat neuralgia in different parts of the body. The ginger compresses can also topically treat toothache, they can be applied on the external body to treat bladder inflammation, they can be used in the treatment of prostatitis and extreme tension in the body." (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
- "The herbal remedies made from the ginger have a very stimulating effect on the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood in the body, the ginger helps in creating a feeling of warmth and well-being." (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
- "The herb restores vitality and physical fitness; ginger is particularly effective in those individuals, who tend to deal badly with the cold during winter. Perspiration in the body is promoted by drinking the hot ginger tea, this tea also helps in reducing elevated temperatures during a fever and it helps in clearing away catarrh in the body. " (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
- "The ability of the ginger to alleviate nausea and vomiting is famous, and whatever the cause, such sensations are easily dispensed with when the ginger remedies are used by the individuals. The herbal remedies made from the ginger also help in settling the stomach; it aids in soothing the symptoms associated with indigestion and helps in calming wind and flatulence." (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)


Harmful Impacts:

(When used in the recommended doses, the side effects of ginger are rarely felt.)

- Some individuals may be very sensitive to the taste of the herb or they may experience symptoms such as heartburn when using the ginger. (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
- The use of ginger as an herbal remedy in the long-term during the pregnancy is not advised as regular use can trigger side effects in the woman.(http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)
-The use of any ginger remedy by the patient before surgery must be made known to the doctor and the surgeon must be informed if the patient intends to undergo any form of surgery, this step must be taken to counteract the possible post anesthesia nausea in the patient.(http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm)



In conclusion, ginger is a very beneficial herb in many physical ways. It can play the role of a pain reliever as well as a muscle relaxer. Ginger can be made into gingerbread which can be made into desserts such as gingerbread cookies and cakes. Ginger also only grows in mild and humid environments. Ginger first
started to grow in South Asia and then spread to East Africa and the Carribean. A product that can be made out of ginger is gingerbread. It is about about a meter (3 to 4 feet) tall. The ginger flowers are greenish yellow and streaked with purple down the sides

REFERENCES:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gingerbread
http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ginger.htm