Galangal, the spice of life is a root that looks like a ginger and tastes like a ginger but it is not as spicy as ginger is.

Galangal root is used a lot in the Thai curries, soups and stews. It is also used in the Moroccan, Middle Eastern, South-East Asian and Indian cooking.

In this Amazing Herbs Podcast Episode We will Cover: Galangal, the Spice of Life

When you look at the Galangal (pronounced guh-lang-guh) in the superstores, at first glance you may feel it is ginger only.

Normally galangal is a little bigger than the ginger. In Indonesian and Thai soups and curries, it is used to give the zingy or spicy taste, flavor and smell.

Like many other spices, Galangal has so many health benefits that our ancestors called it the spice of life. Keep listening to our podcast or read this article to learn more!


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The Scientific name for the galangal is Alpinia galanga, (also Languas galanga).

Here is an interesting fact about galangal - it is used for the preparation of liqueur called "nastoika" and as a flavoring agent of vinegar in Russia.

Galangal is a perennial plan that can survive for more than 2 years in the wild. The name galangal comes from the Chinese word for the ginger. It is also known as Siamese Ginger.

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Nutritional Facts about Galangal - The Spice of Life

one serving of galangal weighing 64 grams contains:

  • 45 calories
  • 2 grams of dietary fiber
  • Source of Sodium and Iron
  • Source of Vitamin A and C
  • Contains phyto-chemicals such as beta-Sitosterol, Galangin, Emodin and Quercetin

Top Health Benefits of Galangal

Similar to ginger, galangal root is used in many cultures for medicinal purposes to help with nausea, flatulence and digestion.

In some cultures, it is also used for making tea, beer and wines. Even though there are many health benefits, I am covering only few.

  • Galangal oil can be used in treatment of bruises and swelling of the skin.
  • Tonic made of galangal, tamarind water and salt can be used for the detox or purification of blood. It is also used for the normalization of the function of bowel in women after childbirth
  • Oil extracted from galangal is also used for perfumes.
  • It is also used to manage and control the sea or motion sickness.
  • It contains the anti-inflammatory properties and that's why it is beneficial in treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • In case of diarrhea, take a slice of galangal to help yourself.

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Other Popular Uses of Galangal Root

Besides the above benefits shared, there are many other exotic benefits of taking galangal root.

  • In the south Indian culture, they use Galangal Water (boil galangal root in the water) and use it to help with respiratory health.
  • Galangal is also used to help horses and cows for their health issues.

I have found a good resource which helps explain health benefits with authoritative references and I am putting that article here for those who want to learn more:

Like my grandpa always used to say that nature has give us everything. Use that first before using the man-made drugs. I say the same and enjoy this information and use galangal, the spice of life if you like it.

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