Skip to content
Fast & Free Delivery Over $45 How fast will I receive my order? ZIP Code: - Receive it More Info

Ginger 101

2 Min Read
Ginger 101
Updated on December 17, 2014

Ginger’s warm, pungent and peppery bite is an international hit. Featured in Indian cuisine as spicy masala chai, in Japan as pickled gari (the spicy, pink shavings served alongside sushi) and in Jamaica as a refreshing non-alcoholic beer, the ginger rhizome has successfully made its way around the world. Ginger has also served as a staple in both Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine, traditional practices that are thousands of years old. We source some of our favorite spicy ginger from India to make our Ginger Aid® tea, and some of our favorite milder ginger from a Fair Trade Certified co-op in Sri Lanka to make our Ginger tea.

 ginger plant

While no one really knows the exact origin of Zingiber officinale, the biological variability of related species in Southeast Asia makes that region the best guess. Ginger loves heat and humidity, which is why it flourishes in subtropical or tropical climates like India and Sri Lanka. Growing medicinal ginger also requires dappled sunlight and a location that won’t freeze during the winter. It’s easiest to start from a rhizome that already has a bud, or “eye,” visible. From this eye, green shoots will sprout, eventually reaching about 4 feet in height and blooming with small red and yellow flowers. As long as the soil is kept damp and well fed in these climates, ginger can grow rather easily.

Ginger has played an important role in Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian herbal traditions for ages, and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have used the rhizome to help with digestion, stomach upset and nausea for more than 2,000 years.* Today, you can access ginger’s herbal power in many forms, whether you use it fresh in your cooking, combine it with honey as a tea, infuse it into vinegars or even use it topically as a poultice. Whether you’ve overindulged after a big meal or are feeling a little green around the gills during a road trip, ginger is an invaluable herbal ally.

ginger infographic

Our Ginger Aid tea is our spiciest ginger, complemented by slightly sweet and lemony notes from a blend of blackberry, stevia and lemon myrtle leaves. If you’re more of a ginger purist, we also have a simple Ginger tea that delivers the classic, pleasantly spicy and pungent taste, but slightly milder in flavor than Ginger Aid. We love sipping on these whenever we’re feeling chilly, as ginger is great for circulation and warming the body.*

As one of the world’s most well-known medicinal plants, ginger’s plant power is celebrated for good reasons. Not only is its spicy flavor stimulating the palate and warming to the body, but its herbal benefits make it an essential herb in supporting digestion, helping to keep people well and vibrant for thousands of years. We invite you to incorporate more ginger into your foods and travel plans. It’s a friend you can count on!

You Might Also Enjoy

Shop All
Lemon Balm Tea Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon Balm calms the nervous system and supports digestion
Dandelion Leaf & Root Tea Dandelion Leaf & Root Tea

Dandelion Leaf & Root Tea

Dandelion Leaf & Root supports digestion & kidney health while aiding the body's natural detoxification process
Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger Tea Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger Tea

Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger Tea

This blend supports a healthy response to inflammation associated with an active lifestyle
Ginger Tea Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea

Ginger promotes healthy digestion and prevents nausea due to motion
Chamomile Tea Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile calms your nerves and supports healthy digestion
Roasted Dandelion Root Tea Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

This blend stimulates the liver and supports healthy digestion
Peppermint Tea Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint soothes your belly and alleviates digestive discomfort

Fennel Tea

Fennel promotes healthy digestion; eases uncomfortable feelings of fullness, bloating and gassiness

Belly Comfort® Peppermint Tea

This blend soothes the belly and relieves occasional indigestion
Throat Coat® Lemon Echinacea Lozenges Throat Coat® Lemon Echinacea Lozenges

Throat Coat® Lemon Echinacea Lozenges

These herbal lozenges provides sore throat support when you need it most.

Dandelion Chai Probiotic Tea

This blend supports healthy digestion
Belly Comfort® Lozenges Belly Comfort® Lozenges

Belly Comfort® Lozenges

Belly Comfort Lozenges helps relieve nausea and occasional indigestion

Licorice Root Tea

Licorice Root soothes the digestive tract and promotes respiratory health

Green Tea Ginger

This blend gently invigorates, while promoting healthy digestion

Tulsi & Ginger Tea

This blend supports a healthy response to stress

Gas Relief™ Tea

This blend relieves gas and bloating

Peppermint Delight® Probiotic Tea

This blend supports healthy digestion

Lemon Ginger Tea

This blend promotes healthy digestion

Related Articles

View All

3 Herbal Hacks for Mental Health

Big emotions are often natural reactions to very real challenges. Occasional stress, overwhelm and stretches of melancholy can feel scary. And yet, you’re not alone. We’ve all had seasons of...

Herbalist Tips for Healthy Skin

While clear, dewy skin is often a bit of good luck, long-term health is very much dependent on healthy habits. Herbalists use plants inside and out to nourish the skin,...

4 Ways to Soothe an Anxious Mind and Stomach

Have you ever had an anxious gut feeling about something or felt nervous and experienced butterflies in your stomach? These sensations emanating from your belly remind us that the brain...

After-Meal Drinks for Holiday Digestion

It’s the time of year when many of the simple joys of life become the heart and center of this season – spending time with family and friends, the coziness...

4 Ways to Improve Digestion with Herbs

Our gut works hard for us every minute of every day. When it is functioning properly, we hardly think twice about it. But the moment things go awry, it’s nearly...

Introducing Immune Zoom Lemon Ginger

Life can be busy, and while we try to stay prepared, sometimes we need extra support. This is when we turn to herbal allies that boost our immune system when...

Vegan Green Tea Matcha Ice Cream

Ice cream is the quintessential summer treat, and is even better when we can make it ourselves at home using whole food ingredients and an easy recipe that doesn’t require...

How to Become an Herbalist

Are you feeling called to explore the herbal path? Whether your intention is to begin a career in herbalism or simply to support the health and well-being of yourself and...

Herbal Podcasts for the Herb Nerd

Whether at home, road tripping, gardening, commuting or lounging at the beach, there’s always time to dive into the world of plant medicine, and herbal podcasts offer a convenient way...

How to Make the Perfect Herbal Sweet Tea

Nothing says summertime in the South like a tall, ice cold glass of sweet tea sipped on the porch during the buzzing heat of the day or enjoyed through warm,...

Hibiscus Iced Tea Spritzers

The beautiful hibiscus flower is the star of this refreshing recipe. Inspired by the ruby red drinks found at roadside stands in the tropics, we’ve created this bubbly Hibiscus Iced...

Stock Your Summer Apothecary

The smell of night-blooming jasmine, the sticky, moist air before an afternoon storm, the energizing midday sun, these are the quintessential signs of summertime. It’s the boldest of the seasons,...