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Galangal (Alpinia officinarum syn. Languas officinarum)

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Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory (inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, menstruation-promoting, astringent

Areas of application:

has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, erection problems, reduces the likelihood of catching a cold in winter, liver problems, itchy skin rashes, respiratory diseases, coughs, digestive problems, loss of appetite, for general exhaustion, strengthens the heart, prevents convulsions, as an emergency medicine It is helpful for angina pectoris attacks

Plant parts used:

Root that can grow up to one meter long

Collection time:

In Asia, in many shops you can already get galangal roots just as naturally as ginger

To find:

In Asia, here it is rare because the plant has high demands.


Essential oil, cineole, pinene, eugenol, camphor, resin (galangol, alpinol), starch, flavonoids


☕ Tea: Brew 1/2 teaspoon of powdered root with 1/4 liter of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, then stir and drink slowly. For a better appetite, take before meals to stimulate gastric acid secretion.

🛑 Caution: Do not use during pregnancy as galangal has a contracting effect and can cause a miscarriage.

Galangal is closely related to ginger and, like ginger, has a sharp, somewhat sweet taste. The true galangal (the small one), is used medicinally and comes from southern China, while the large galangal comes from Indonesia.

Galangal can be used fresh or dried; the root pieces can then simply be cooked with the respective dish. It goes well with potato soups, vegetable stews, goulash or beef dishes, but also in gingerbread and spiced biscuits. Wherever ginger fits, galangal also has its place. It harmonizes with garlic, pepper, coriander, fenugreek, caraway, fennel and cinnamon.


Hildegard von Bingen: Galangal is medicinal and the spice of life. If you have pain in your back or side, boil galangal in wine and drink it often. Whoever has heartache and is weak in heart, let him eat a lot of galangal and he will feel better.

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