Lesser galangal is a relative of ginger, which is native to Asia. There, the lesser galangal is a popular spice or tea and is also used in medicine. It is highly recommended to strengthen the digestion.
The name “galangal” is used for four different plant species from the ginger family. What they all have in common is that they are pungent and strengthen digestion.
Galanga, galangale, laos, and blue ginger.
Used plant part
Camphor, eugenol, tannic acid.
Main use: Digestion.
- Appetite stimulant
- Cut indigestion
- Biliary stimulant
- Menstruation promoting
Languas officinarum (Hance) P.H.Hô
Alpinia officinarum, known as lesser galangal, is a plant in the ginger family, cultivated in Southeast Asia. It originated in China, where its name ultimately derives. It can grow 1.5 to 2 m high, with long leaves and reddish-white flowers. The rhizomes, known as galangal, are valued for their sweet spicy flavor and aromatic scent. These are used throughout Asia in curries and perfumes, and were previously used widely in Europe. They are also used as an herbal remedy.
lesser galangal (uncountable)
- A plant related to galangal, Alpinia officinarum, with similar uses and flavor
- (proscribed) Another related plant with similar uses and flavor, Kaempferia galanga.
- (proscribed) Another related plant with similar uses and flavor, Boesenbergia rotunda.