According to Mountain Rose Herbs, ginger root the most widely used and available herbal remedy on the planet, with billions of people using it every day as both food and medicine.

Root ginger (a rhizome related to the turmeric root, to be exact). It's a tropical perennial with green shoots, lance-shaped leaves, and white or yellow flowers.

Ginger root grows in many places today and is widely available in most grocery stores both as a fresh root and a dried and powdered spice. That wasn’t always the case, though.

Health Benefits of Ginger Root – soothe digestive disturbances – alleviate nausea (great in early pregnancy) – reduce fever – calm coughing and respiratory troubles – stimulate the circulatory system

– relieve muscle aches and pain – get rid of dandruff – lower cholesterol – lower blood pressure and cancer risk

How to Use Fresh or Dried Ginger Root Ginger Root Tea Golden Milk Gingerbread Latte Ginger Ale Curries and Stir-fry Recipes Soups Gingerbread cookies

There are warnings in both traditional Chinese medicine and some medical texts about using ginger during pregnancy, though it is generally agreed that ginger can be used in moderation.

Fresh organic ginger is available in many grocery stores. For ease of storage, dried ginger root is another great option. I prefer to buy dried ginger root in bulk online whenever possible.