Galangal (Alpinia galangal) steam distilled, Indonesia
Galangal, also known as Lesser Galangal, or Galanga, is a relative of Ginger which can often be found in Thai cooking. It is native to China and southeast Asia, but was brought to Europe by the Arabs. The 9th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen attributed many properties to Galangal including curing heart pain, and called it the “spice of life.”
Galangal root contains the chemicals 8-cineol, eugenol, careneole, pinene, galangin, quercitin, and tannins.
This highly flavored root stimulates metabolism and warms the body. It is also antibacterial and antifungal. It is excellent for colds, flu, chills, and fatigue, and dizziness. I always use it when I’m coming down with a cold, to take away chills and body aches.
Galangal also has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac, probably due to its warming, stimulating effects.
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