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Canadian wild ginger has been prized throughout history for its culinary and medicinal properties. Canadian wild ginger is actually one of the best medicinal species of ginger because it contains higher concentrations of alkaloids. The medicine itself is mainly found in the root system, but can also be present in the leaves and glandular petioles. Asarum canadense generates rhizomes that form just below the surface of the soil. As they crowd together, some emerge above the ground, and it is these airborne rhizomes that contain the greatest amount of medicine.

Throughout history Asarum canadense has been used as a healing herb. The Native Americans used it for an assortment of illnesses because the roots contain  Clipartaristolochic acid, which can be used for pain relief, an anesthetic, a diuretic, and a fever inducer. Be careful though if you try this yourself, because excessive amounts of aristolochic acid may cause kidney failure or even cancer! Native American tribes also ground up the root and put it in cold water for the elderly to drink to help their major organs function and to act as a synergist on other medications that they were taking. Canadian wild ginger was also used as a ghost medicine because it was considered to hinder cross-contamination of disease to those who were near the ill.

 Asarum canadense can be used as a substitute spice. The species of ginger that you find on the grocery store shelf is Zingiber officinale, and while Asarum canadense is not the same, it Clipart does have a similar flavor. It may not taste as good as the real ginger, but it can fulfill the duty in making gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses during the Christmas season. Some people even add ginger to their tea for extra flavor. Interested in some other unique ginger recipes? Visit to learn how to make ginger beef, lime and ginger chops, ginger peanut pasta salad, and many more delicious foods!

 Courtesy of Wikipedia CommonsGinger is commonly used as a name or nickname. A great example of this is Ginger Spice from the musical group the Spice Girls. Her real name is Geri Halliwell, but she chose Ginger as her stage name. Ginger Grant was a movie star character on the popular television series "Gilligan's Island." In "Saved by the Bell," the character Ginger was an air-headed blonde who appeared in later episodes of the television series. These are just some of the most famous Gingers, but I'm sure we are all familiar of many more women with this unique name.

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