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Galangal herb, a member of the ginger family that grows mainly in South-East Asia, grows up to 5 feet high with green sword leaves, white flowers and an aromatic rhizome. The root has been used in Europe as a spice while in Thailand; it is used to flavor curries. Galangal is also used in indigenous medicine for rheumatism, inflammation, especially in bronchial asthma. The ginger-like root is also thought to treat indigestion, colic and dysentery, as well as some skin problems. In powdered form or as an alcoholic extract, galangal reportedly acts as a stimulant and because of its stimulating scent it has been used as an aphrodisiac when blended with ginger, cinnamon and clove. Medically, it has been used for cholera, congestion, problems of the digestive system. The Galangal oil is extracted from the rhizome through steam distillation and blends well with chamomile, cinnamon, lavender and rosemary oil.