Ginger was very popular during Roman times, but with the fall of the Empire it disappeared from European tables. It wasn’t until Marco Polo brought it back from his voyages to the east that it began to be used in Europe again.
Ginger is a warming herb and is particularly good for colds, coughs and chills. It stimulates circulation and makes the body sweat. It contains anti-inflammatory compounds, helping reduce pain and increase mobility in arthritis and other joint problems. It is a cleansing herb, ridding the body of toxins. It also aids digestion and is very good for reducing nausea, especially morning and motion sickness. Externally, ginger's warming action combined with its analgesic properties soothes sore joints and helps relieve aching muscles and spasms.