Galangal Root Alpinia officinarum
- Common Names
- Galangal Root , Galanga, lesser galangal, Blue ginger, Chinese ginger
- Botanical Name
- Alpinia officinarum
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Galangal Root
- Medicinal Uses: * Culinary/Kitchen
- Properties: * Antibacterial * Antispasmodic * Aromatic * Bitter * Carminative * Stomachic
- Parts Used: root
- Constituents: 1,8-cineole, methyl-cinnamate ,ascorbic-acid,beta-carotene, calcium,camphor ,eugenol ,fiber, galangin, niacin,riboflavin, thiamin , tannin
How to Use: Galangal Root
Herbalists consider the galangal root antispasmodic and antibacterial, and recommend its use in cases of dyspepsia and loss of appetite. 3
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The chopped root can be used in Asian cooking, May also be taken as a tea, extract or capsule.
In the Kitchen: Galangal root is used in many asian cuisines, and has a stimulating effect on the digestive system, much like ginger does. It is a very popular spice in all Southeast Asia and especially typical of the cuisine of Thailand. Fresh galangal has a pure and refreshing odor and an mildly spicy ginger-like flavor. The pungent aromatic oil of the galangal root is a flavoring additive for beverages.
Ginger-scented rhizomatous perennial native to Asia and Australia, galangal is found in tropical rainforests in SE Asia. Lesser galangal(A. officinarum) is the most important species for food and medicine, greater galangal has less pungent rhizomes2
- Flowers/Fruit/Seeds:Plale green, orchid like flowers. Fruit is a red capsule
- Plant Class: Tropical perennial shrub
- Rhizome: reddish brown, wood, gingery rhizomes Leaves:Reedlike stems, laneolate leaves up to 20 in long.
- Preferred Habitat:Rainforest
- Flowering Season:all year
- Distribution:Southeast Asia, India, China and Australia
Regional Traditions :Southeast Asia *
History and Traditions & FolkloreGalangal was introduced to Europe in the 9th century.
Magical conjurers consider galangal a root of power, especially relating to court cases; Known as Chewing John, Little John Chew and court Case root,it is used in African-American folk medicine and hoodoo. 1
- Catherine Yronwode Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure, and Traditional Formulary (2002).
- Deni Brown HSA Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, Pub. Dorling Kindersley (1995)
- The Commission E Monographs. Galangae rhizoma Galangtwurzelstock (1986, Rev 1990)