Canadian Wild Ginger Asarum canadense
- Common Names
- Wild Ginger , Canadian snakeroot
- Botanical Name
- Asarum canadense
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Wild Ginger
- Properties: * Bitter * Carminative * Diaphoretic/sudorific * Diuretic * Expectorant * Stimulant
- Parts Used: rootstalk
- Constituents: alpha-terpineol,beta-sitosterol, bornyl-acetate, elemicin,geraniol, limonene, methyl-eugenol
How to Use: Canadian Wild Ginger
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Add grated or powdered wild ginger root to other herbal teas for added stimulus to circulation in the winter.
Canadian Wild Ginger Plants
This native American woodland ground cover does best in shade or part shade, and likes moist, loamy soil that mimics its natural wooodland habitat. Canadian wild ginger spreads to create a low growing mat of heart shaped leaves that provide attractive ground cover. The bell-shaped flowers, brownish-purple flowers and fruits are not edible, but the rizomes have a pungent gingery flavor that can be made into a tea.
Regional Traditions :North America *
How to Grow Canadian Wild Ginger
Roots can be harvested any time of year but are freshest in spring. Plants spread slowly about 6 inches a year under ideal conditions. Propagate by root division in the spring after the leaves have expanded.