Grains of Paradise is a herbaceous perennial, native to West Africa, that can grow up to a height of 3-4 feet. It has narrow leaves that resemble bamboo leaves with an extensively vast vascular system. It also gives out gorgeous purple flowers with orange-colored lips. These flowers develop into 5 to 7 cm long pods possessing highly aromatic but small reddish-brown seeds.
Grains of Paradise seeds have a plethora of ethnobotanical uses. They are used as a spice in food industries. For centuries, they have been used as a remedy for treating snakebites, diarrhea, and stomachache. Nowadays, they are used to soothe gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers, abdominal cramps, and kill intestinal worms. It has high tannin content which makes it a fruitful disinfectant to help in healing burns and other inflamed injuries. Its phenolic compounds are clinically proven to counter different bacterial strains, especially Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella. Further, its analgesic property makes it favorable to reduce toothache, stomachache, gout, and arthritis.
Grains of Paradise impart fat-fighting ability, making it beneficial to address obesity. It chiefly contains 6-paradol, 6-gingerol, 6-gingerdione, and 6-shogaol which are held fairly responsible for its sensational medicinal perks.