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Take note! Here are 10 benefits of galangal for health

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Galangal is a popular spice in Indonesia. Apart from being a kitchen spice, this is the benefit of galangal as an herbal medicine.

Galangal, a spice that has a distinctive aroma. Galangal is quite easy to find in traditional markets as well as modern markets.

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Meanwhile, galangal plants are easily found in gardens or home yards. Not surprisingly, besides being a spice for cooking galangal it is also useful as an herbal medicine.

Just so you know, galangal kerab has been used as a raw material for herbal medicine since time immemorial.

Chemical content of galangal

Launching the Top 100 Indonesian Medicinal Plants Book published by the Research and Development Center for Medicinal and Traditional Medicinal Plants (B2P2TOOT) of the Ministry of Health’s Balitbangkes in 2011, part of the galangal plant used is the rhizome.

The galangal rhizome contains approximately 1% essential oil with the main components:

  • Kamfer
  • Sineol
  • Sinarmic metal acid
  • This essential oil will appear if the galangal rhizome is sliced ​​or ground.

Meanwhile, in Thomas ANS ‘Book of Traditional Medicinal Plants Volume 2 (1992), it is explained that galangal does not only contain essential oils. Galangal also contains the following chemical compounds:

  • Flying oil
  • Eugenol
  • Seskuiterpen
  • Pinen
  • Methyl cinnamate
  • Kaemferida
  • Shipyard
  • Galangol
  • Yellow crystal

Health benefits of galangal

Due to the chemical compounds it contains, galangal is considered to have a number of health benefits. Here are some of them:

1. Generating sex drive

According to Thomas ANS in his book Traditional Medicinal Plants Volume 2, galangal can be used as a drug to arouse sex.
How to use it, namely: 2 ginger rhizomes as big as your thumb and 3 ginger rhizomes as big as your thumb, shredded and squeezed to take water. 2 lime, split and squeezed to take water.

The two ingredients are mixed by adding 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 yeast tape and ½ cup of cooking water until evenly distributed.

2. Generating appetite

In addition, Thomas ANS stated in his book, galangal is also useful for arousing appetite. How to use galangal for these properties, namely:

Method 1
1 ginger root for thumb, 3 raw noni fruit, ½ kencur rhizome as big as a thumb, ½ teaspoon coriander powder, 1 garlic clove, 3 eyes of immature tamarind fruit, 1 piece of brown sugar, jakeling, jalawe and jarahab boiled with 2 glasses of water to a boil down to 1 cup.

Drink 2 times a day ½ cup in the morning and evening

Method 2
1 ginger rhizome for thumb, 1 ginger rhizome for thumb, 1 meniran plant tree, and a little fennel pulawaras boiled in 2 cups of water to boil down to 1 cup. Drink 3 times a day

3. Treating rheumatism

Thomas AN S, stated that galangal also has health benefits and benefits for the treatment of rheumatism. How to make these medicinal ingredients, namely:

Method 1
2 galangal rhizomes as big as your thumb shredded and squeezed for water. Raw free-range chicken eggs are broken down to take the yolks. Then the two ingredients are mixed until evenly Drinked once a day

Method 2
3 galangal rhizomes as big as your thumb, ½ teaspoon of pepper powder, 1 piece of brown sugar, 2 cups coconut milk water, boil it together until the water is 1 cup. Drink little by little during the week

4. Overcoming bronchitis

Thomas ANS in his book said that galangal rhizome can be used as an herbal plant to treat bronchitis. How to use galangal for these uses, namely:

Mash halur rhizome of galangal, ginger, and ginger each 2 rhizomes of thumb, keningar, 1 handful of horse whip leaves, ½ handful of iler leaves, and cinnamon to taste.

Boil the results of the collision with 3 glasses of water to a boil. Drink it 2 times a day, morning and evening

5. Overcoming measles

In his book, Thomas ANS states, galangal can also be used to treat morbilli or measles. Here’s how:

Grate 4 ginger rhizomes for the thumb, 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil, and 2 teaspoons of gondopura oil.

Mix the grated results and then apply it to the spots that arise due to measles.

6. Treat spleen pain

Thomas ANS wrote in his book, galangal can be used for spleen medicine. Here’s how to use it:

Boil 2 galangal rhizomes for the thumb, 3 ginger rhizomes for the thumb, and 1 handful of maniran leaves with 3 cups of water to a boil. This herb is taken 2 times a day 1 cup, in the morning and evening.

7. Antibacterial and antifungal

Meanwhile, according to B2P2TOOT Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, the essential oil in galangal rhizome has antibacterial and antifungal activities.

8. Treat tinea versicolor and water fleas

B2P2TOOT Tawangmangu also stated that rural communities have empirically used ginger slices to treat tinea versicolor and water lice on the skin.

9. Treating fever

B2P2TOOT Tawangmangu revealed that red galangal juice coupled with honey can be used to treat fever.

10. Reducing stretch marks after childbirth

According to B2P2TOOT Tawangmangu, red galangal which is pounded and mixed with rice flour can be used as a “poultice” on the stomach of postpartum mothers. (Irawan Sapto Adhi)

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This article was published on Kompas.com with the title “Do not be underestimated, these are 10 extraordinary benefits of galangal”