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Boesenbergia Rotunda or Fingerroot is a medicinal and culinary herb.

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Characteristics of Boesenbergia Rotunda or Fingerroot

• Boesenbergia rotunda, which is also known as Fingerroot and Chinese ginger, is a medicinal and culinary herb.
• It is a native of China and Southeast Asia.
• It is called Fingerroot as its rhizome has a shape that is similar to that of fingers.
• They grow out of a center piece.
• Fingerroot is known as temu kunci in Indonesian.
• It is widely used in Javanese cuisine.
• It is called krachai in Thai.
• It is also used in some kroeung pastes that are of Cambodian cuisine.
• It is usually pickled or frozen, in the west.

Synonyms include:
• Boesenbergia pandurata
• Kaempferia pandurata

Therapeutic Properties:
• Analgesic
• Antibacterial
• Anti-fungal
• Anti-inflammatory
• Antiseptic
• Antispasmodic
• Relieves spasms
• Relieves cramps
• Carminative
• Tonic
• Settles digestion
• Prevents gas
• Expectorant
• Removes excess mucus
• Antiemetic
• Reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
• Cooling
• Emotional qualities
• Energetic Qualities
• Stability
• Balance
• Stimulates willpower
• Restores motivation
• Reduces burnout on any level
• Cools anger

Growing/Caring conditions for Boesenbergia Rotunda or Fingerroot

• Use a general purpose soil for potting.
• Make a mixture of equal parts garden soil, coarse sand and moist peat.
• This shall provide a good soil medium for Chinese ginger.
• Fill planting pot with this above prepared soil mixture.
• Slice a whole Chinese ginger rhizome.
• Cut into sections 1 to 2 inches in length.
• Each section should have at least two growth buds.
• Place a section of Chinese ginger rhizome in the soil.
• Place is such that half of the growth buds are lying above the soil’s surface.
• Keep the planting pot outside in full sun.
• It shall take temperatures that are between 60 and 85 degrees F.
• Bring the Chinese ginger plant indoors.
• Place in a direction of south in a window.
• Do this when temperature is not as mentioned above.
• Water the Chinese ginger plant with 1 inch of warm water once a week.
• This is to keep the soil moist.
• Use distilled water in case the water running in the tap is acidic.
• Mist the leaves with warm distilled water.
• This is to keep them moist.
• Fertilize the Chinese ginger plant twice.
• Do it twice every month.
• Add a water-soluble fertilizer during the summer.
• Divide a mature Chinese ginger plant.
• Do this by cutting off one of its rhizomes.
• Cut off in late spring.

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