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  1. Young ginger rhizomes are juicy, fleshy with a very mild taste. They r often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be stewed in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added as a sweetener; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added.
  2. Mature ginger roots are fibrous & nearly dry. Their j is extremely potent.
  3. Ginger ale & ginger beer considered stomach settlers, also to avoid heat cramps.
  4. As flavoring in coffee, tea.
  5. It is contraindicated in people suffering from gallstones as promotes bile release.
  6. Stimulant, carminative
  7. Used freq’tly for dyspepsia, colic.
  8. Thins blood, lowers cholestrol.
  9. Effective for treating nausea.
  10. Ginger paste applied to temples to relieve headache
  11. Consumed when cold.
  12. Perennial with yellow flowers.
  13. Galangal, called thai ginger is used in cooking

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Garlic-Allium sativum

  1. Belongs to onion family
  2. Garlic infused oil shd be refrigerated & used within 1wk to prevent risk of botulism.
  3. Store in warm, dry place to prevent sprouts.
  4. Treatment for intestinal worms & parasites.
  5. As remedy for infections of chest, dig disorders, fungal infec’s like thrush.
  6. Allicin in it is a powerful antibiotic, antifungal.
  7. When u eat more, smell is evident in sweat & breath the following day.
  8. Garlic breath alleviated by eating parsley.
  9. Garlic may cause abortion if eaten lot.

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  1. Perennial.
  2. Fast growing extending through a network of runners.
  3. Dont mix with other plants, lest mint takes over.
  4. Common mints like spearmint & peppermint, r considered good to grow among tomato & pepper plants, where they enhance flavor, repel aphids, attract parasitic wasps to eat caterpillars, provide “living mulch” ground cover, etc
  5. Oil used as flavorings in breath freshners, drinks, antiseptic mouth rinses, toothpaste etc.
  6. Mints characterstic smell is from menthol.
  7. For stomach ache, chest pains.
  8. Powder used to whiten teeth.
  9. Mint tea is strong diuretic.
  10. Aids digestion.
  11. Repels mosquitoes.
  12. Mint oil kills pests like wasps, ants, cockroaches.

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  1. Popular ornamental plant with colorful flowers, fragrance, ability to survive with less h20.
  2. Lavender oil when diluted with a carrier oil, used as relaxant with msg therapy.
  3. Herbal tea is for relaxation too.

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  1. Used for relief from anxiety, insomnia.
  2. Seeds r boiled with equal amounts of cumin, cooled, consumed as diuretic.
  3. As digestive aid

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Turmeric- Curcuma longa

  1. Plants r gathered annually for their rhizomes & re-seeded from some of those rhizomes.
  2. Rhizomes r boiled for sev hrs, then dried in hot ovens & ground into orange yellow powder used in curries, for dyeing.
  3. Antiseptic for cuts, burns.
  4. Flouride in it is useful for teeth.
  5. Anti bacterial.
  6. Pain reliever of arthritis.
  7. Being used in some sunscreens.
  8. Turmeric paste applied on face for glow & keeps harmful bacteria away from body.
  9. Excellent anti scarring agent when mixed with milk & applied on skin.
  10. Repels ants.

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