WOW! I love ginger! It is a prized medicine in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic systems. It is easy to see why–it has profound healing powers, it tastes good and so accessible!
It is a great herb for the digestive system–you’ve probably used it for nausea, carsickness, even ‘morning sickness’ of pregnancy. Ginger ale used to be made from real ginger which is probably why so many reach for it when they have upset tummies. It helps stimulate your stomach to produce stomach acid (HCl) so it will aid digestion, and even gas.
It’s also a great reproductive and respiratory tonic because of its ability to improve circulation to these parts. I have heard it can be used for menstrual cramps, though I have never tried it personally ( I use crampbark).
Like I mentioned above, it’s a great herb for chilly people because it’s ability to improve circulation! It is very warming and can even help promote sweating. Great for people with Raynauds disease or other cases of impaired circulation. If I feel like I am getting sick, I will try to take a hot bath or shower and drink some ginger tea to stimulate a fever. A fever is actually a good thing but that discussion is for another post.
It is anti-inflammatory and can help ease the pain of osteoarthritis, sore backs, aches and pains, stiff muscles and joints. You can even apply it topically to these sore parts.
Ginger is so easy to love and so easy to use. You can get the fresh root from most grocery stores. I freeze it. It’s easier to slice or grate that way. I try to use it in everyday food and drinks for prevention. I always keep some powdered ginger on hand too.
Here is a recipe for my fav way to enjoy the delicious and medicinal effects of ginger.
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WARMING GINGER TEA
2″ piece of fresh (or frozen) ginger root, sliced into 1/4″ thick
2 Cinnamon sticks
2 cups of water
Honey and lemon to taste
Put ginger, cinnamon sticks and water into a saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce to low simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain into mugs and add honey and lemon to taste. Enjoy!
Ginger is so safe you can use it every day. What is your favorite way to enjoy?