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Herbal Spotlight: Ginger

beth September 25, 2012
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Ginger is one of the most common remedies you will find though few actually understand the extent of what it can be used for.  By keeping it on hand it can take the place of many of the common mainstream medications in a medicine cabinet. In this perennial plant the part that we commonly use is just the root. The root is used worldwide to combat numerous symptoms and revered in India and Asia for it”s healing properties.

Common uses:

  • Arthritis
  • Cold symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Inflammation
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sore throat
  • Alleviates high blood pressure
  • And more

Anti-inflammatory

Ginger acts as a anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the release of the prostagladin and other chemicals that cause inflammation and pain. While in some cases this is associated with trauma you will typically find ginger is use with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions. Mainstream medicines such as asprin can cause serious damage to your insides such as your stomach, intestines, liver, and kidneys. However, by using ginger as a natural anti-inflammatory you can relive your pain and not cause your body harm in the process.

Digestion

Ginger stimulates the digestives organs and has been known to help digest fats, reduce gas,and ease bloating.  Due to it”s ability to aid digestion and calm the stomach ginger is known to help with nausea, diarrhea, and other irritations of the stomach. These features make it a perfect alternative to common medications that are full of artificial ingredients and can have nasty side effects.

Ginger Tea

Ginger is used in many forms both internally and externally. However, one that covers many of the uses and is my online casino favorite way to taking ginger is ginger tea. If you are feeling ill you will most likely find this to be the easiest way to take it as well. It can ease nausea due to motion,  pregnancy, or sickness. It soothes the nerves and helps to prevent vomiting. Due to it”s properties mentioned above that reduce inflammation by drinking the tea online casino you can also lessen the pain associated with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.

To brew: Boil 1cup of water and thinly chop or grind about a tablespoon of fresh ginger. Combine, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. You can add honey, lemon, or other natural sweetener of choice if you prefer a smoother taste.

Ginger Tea For Pain

You can take the tea that you made above and soak it to form a warm compress. This compress can be applied to relieve pain to sore joints and aches. You can also apply it to your forehead to relieve symptoms of a headache.

**Ginger is known to stimulate bile production and is typically not recommended to people who have gallstones. Also, it said that in some people it can aggravate the stomach in large quantities so start off small until you see how you will react. As always, we are not health professionals so seek advice from your provider before making any major changes.

 

How do you use ginger to heal?

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3 Comments

  1. I just bought some ginger. Haven’t used it before. Looking forward to incorporating it into our diet.

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  2. Thank you for some great tips.

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  3. I love, LOVE ginger!! I use it as often as I can in everything I can. 🙂 I like to get whole hands of it when it’s nice and plump and obviously fresh. Then I just wrap the whole thing in a plastic bag and keep it in the door of my freezer. When I need to use it, breaking off a piece and running it quickly under hot water cleans it and defrosts it enough to slice it, or I just grate it frozen with my micro plane. I never bother to peel it. I like to make a strong ginger-infused simple syrup that I keep in my fridge and use to spice up hot chocolate, add to hot water for ginger tea, add to a glass/bottle of water kefir for an awesome homemade ginger ale. I certainly save the slices and eat those as “candied ginger”, or dry them out and use them in baking. My favorite way to eat/drink chicken broth is to make a Thai flavored soup with bone broth, coconut milk, Thai curry paste to taste, lots of fresh ginger, lemon juice, and fish sauce/sea salt. SO yummy! Ginger/garlic/cayenne pepper/ACV/raw honey also makes a really effective cough syrup. Ok, I’ll stop. 😉

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