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Getting to know ginger

Ginger. It’s one of the most well-known and widely used spices in the world. Most see it as a cooking ingredient, but it’s so much more than that.

Records indicate that in both India and China ginger has been formed into a tonic to treat illnesses for over 5,000 years, but it was probably used in medicines and cooking long before history began to be formally recorded. Ginger was also exported from India to the Roman Empire, where it featured as a key ingredient in Roman medicines. During the Middle Ages, people believed that ginger warded off the plague. Unfortunately for them, placing a ginger root on your kitchen table isn’t going to do much to fight a lethal disease…

Ginger grows best in a tropical, humid environment. It's mainly grown in South and Southeast Asia, with India being its main producer. The ginger we consume comes from the rhizome of the ginger plant – a stem that grows underground. Today, ginger is typically used to flavour food, treat ailments, and to maintain wellness throughout the body. It’s popularity as a wellness supplement continues to grow as more and more people come to realise the many benefits of consuming ginger on a daily basis.

Why is ginger so important in the holistic world?

Ginger is abundant in nutrients that are essential to maintaining balance of body and mind. It contains a huge variety of vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin B, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, plus a whole range of minerals including iron, calcium and phosphorus.

Ultimately, ginger plays a key role in the holistic world as a preventative measure against ill health because of the many ways in which it enables the body and mind to thrive.

Ginger is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are crucial to sustained wellbeing. They help to promote the healthy ageing of the body and mind, and prevent the likelihood of chronic diseases.

Other ways in which ginger can help to maintain wellness include through stimulating digestion, reducing bloating and flatulence, stabilising insulin levels and supporting a healthy weight and metabolism.

How else is ginger used in the wellness world today?

As well as being consumed as a preventative measure against ill health, ginger is still often used to treat illnesses once they have occurred – as it has been throughout history.

We’ve all been given a ginger tea when we’ve been feeling run down. That’s because ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties are considered effective in soothing a sore throat, fever, and even menstrual pain!

Across the world, Ginger remains a popular ingredient in skincare products, particularly facemasks and moisturisers. The antioxidants in ginger are said to effectively preserve the skin’s collagen levels, which retains the skin’s elasticity and reduces signs of ageing. The antioxidants in ginger are also said to reduce the appearance of scars and even out skin tone, making ginger a great all-rounder when it comes to flawless skin.

Why is ginger at the heart of Good Jamu?

Traditionally, each type of jamu is made with its own unique collection of ingredients, but because of its healing and wellness powers, ginger has always been one of the most common ingredients in jamu of all kinds.

Our desire to keep the ancient tradition of jamu alive for future generations to enjoy was one of the two reasons we were inspired to create Good Jamu, so there was no doubt in our minds that ginger had to be one of our main ingredients.

Our faith in the ability of nature to balance the body and mind is the other reason Good Jamu exists. We wanted to show the world what nature can do for you in terms of wellness. So, what better ingredient to choose than ginger, a root that generations upon generations of people have turned to for lasting wellness?

Our Island Spice jamu combines ginger in its freshest, rawest form (so that the potency of the nutrients is fully retained) with other ingredients extracted from the earth, and blends them together in an uplifting tonic designed to maximise the effect of ginger on your body and mind.

Find out more about our Island Spice jamu.

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