Galangal is a molecule
False: Galangal is a plant that is native to Indonesia, but has long been part of the cultures of other Asian countries such as India, China and Thailand. Part of the ginger family, it's an age-old natural remedy which is also popular in the Middle East, where it's used in all its forms, such as its seeds, oils or as infusions. As a European import, it has, until recently, been mainly used as a flavouring in cooking.
Galangal is an edible root
True: This root is used in many dishes for its exotic, intense flavour – but, although it is similar to ginger in appearance, don’t expect it to taste like it. Low in calories, galangal is a tasty addition to Thai-style fish dishes and soups, Asian sauces, and many meat dishes, from chicken to beef.
Galangal has no medicinal properties
False: The galangal plant has proven antifungal and antibacterial properties, and is widely used in veterinary medicine, as well as in homeopathy. It treats fungal infections, joint, muscle and stomach pain, and even digestive problems. As if that weren't enough, it's also a powerful antiseptic and even thought by some cultures to be an aphrodisiac.
Galangal gives you good skin
True: Galangal is a godsend for mature or generally dull skin: if applied to the skin in the form of a juice, it helps by boosting blood circulation, which in turn helps to increase the supply of oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin. Skin regains its glow, becoming brighter and more radiant.
Galangal fights the appearance of wrinkles
True: Galangal contains antioxidants, which protect against ageing and stop free radicals damaging cells. What's more, it boosts natural hyaluronic acid production, which in turn helps to reduces wrinkles and plumps up the skin. The result? A more youthful-looking face.