Ginger – what can I say about ginger? Well, it’s one of THE healthiest spices you can add to your diet! It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. There are more than 110 different chemical components in ginger root from gingerols (an oily resin that comes from the root).
Health benefits of ginger are many:
- may keep stroke and heart disease at bay
- helps promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food
- alleviates symptoms of gastrointestinal distress (i.e. gas and bloating)
- naturally helps relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (drug free!)
- prevents symptoms of motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating (more effective than Dramamine)
- the anti-inflammatory effects are a benefit to us who suffer from RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and osteoarthritis (helps relieve pain and swelling of the joints and muscles)
- known protection against colorectal cancer, and it induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells
- immune booster
- helps break down toxins in your organs to cleanse the lymphatic system
- helps to kill off fungal infections
- can help with asthma and other respiratory issues
- can cure stomach ulcers and is more effective at treating GERD – Gastroesophageal reflux disease (upcoming post)
- can also be used to naturally help reverse diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity
How to use Ginger:
As you may know ginger is part of the turmeric and cardamom family and has many uses. It has been used for centuries by the Chinese and Indian cultures to treat many ailments. Ginger can be used in baking cookies, cakes, pies, or in making tea, and smoothies.
Raw Ginger can be used in smoothies, teas, and other recipes. Add a
1/2-1 inch piece of raw ginger to your smoothies to add a little kick of natural heat.
Ginger Tea is used to help relieve nausea, settle the stomach and relax the body. You can make a tea with raw ginger and add some raw honey and lemon. Steep raw ginger in boiled water then add the honey and lemon – enjoy.
Ginger Essential Oil can be used to treat many ailments. It can be taken internally or externally. Please ensure you have purchased a 100% pure for Therapeutic Use essential oil and check to see if it is recommended for internal use before using it. You can add a drop to water to help reduce the possibility of contracting infection if you are in a hospital setting. It can be rubbed on sore muscles to reduce pain – use with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.
Ginger Powder can be used in recipes for Chinese food (along with powdered garlic, turmeric, mace, and cloves), pumpkin pie (along with cinnamon, or mace and cloves if you cannot tolerate cinnamon), or smoothies. I use powdered ginger in my Chai Latte at least 2 times a day. There are also ginger capsules you can take as a supplement to help get your daily dose of 1,000 milligrams per day.
I truly believe the benefits of ginger warrant its use in your daily regimen either fresh, powdered, essential oil, or capsules.
Have a blessed day.