Ginger first appears in China’s first “Pen Tsao Ching” (classic of herbs) circa 3000BC.
Confucius mentioned ginger and its health benefits.
Ginger is also frequently mentioned in Roman and Greek literature, as it was sold to those civilisations by the Arabs.
Ginger was one of man’s earliest medicines, much prescribed for its carminative properties in treating stomach distress.
Henry VIII praised ginger’s goodness as a cure for the plague.
During the Middle Ages, ginger was valued on par with black pepper. A pound of either was worth the price of one sheep.
Ginger was used in pagan passion spells. In fact, it is listed on a leading US pagan website as one of the “Thirteen Herbs for a Witch’s Cupboard” – for use both medicinally and ‘magically’.
Ginger was one of the original products in the spice trade along the Silk Road.
In 1298AD Marco Polo returns from China and awakens the Western World’s interest in trading direct with the Orient. He is said to be the first to introduce ginger to the West though the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and Arabs were all trading in ginger prior to the renaissance.
Ginger was the first crop planted in the Americas after Columbus.
In 1585AD, a ship arrived in Europe from the West Indies with the first cargo of Jamaican ginger. It was the first oriental ‘spice’ to be grown successfully in the New World.
Ginger is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. This is discussed in “Ginger; Common Spice and Wonder Drug” where Paul Schulick cites the many observed benefits of Ginger, which would be a prerequisite for a healthy sexual appetite. These include improvement of circulation, balance hormonal flow, clearing the brain and strengthening the vital energies of the debilitated and lethargic.