I adore ginger. I discovered this wonderful root about a year – yes, I had heard of it but didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until a year ago that I discovered the amazing vitality of this southeast Asian plant – I never knew that this vibrant yellow root could hold so many powerful benefits.
The root is spicy, and packs a powerful punch of flavor. It is so versatile – lending itself to flavoring many dishes to making a robust yet light and soothing tea. It is not only used as a spice, but also as a medicine. It can be found in many forms: such as dried, powered, fresh, juiced, or in oil form.
Some of Ginger’s Many Benefits
- Ginger combats inflammation, which is why it is a great supplement for those suffering from chronic illnesses that are associated with chronic inflammation (such as arthritis, diverticulosis, and heart disease).
“Ginger is particularly useful in treating chronic inflammation because it partially inhibits two important enzymes that play a role in inflammation gone awry — cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (LOX)…Ginger also treats a broader range of the inflammatory problem because it affects both the COX and the LOX enzymes. And because it doesn’t shut down the inflammatory process entirely, ginger may actually allow it to work properly and then turn itself off, the way it does with an injury.” (source)
- Ginger helps heal the gut, and protects it too.
- Ginger relieves nausea, dizziness, bloating, and upset stomach.
“Ginger has also has a long history of use as an antinausea herb recommended for morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea that accompanies gastroenteritis (more commonly called stomach flu). As a stomach-calming agent, ginger also reduces gas, bloating, and indigestion, and aids in the body’s use and absorption of other nutrients and medicines. It is also a valuable deterrent to intestinal worms, particularly roundworms.” (source)
- Ginger can reduce pain and stiffness.
- Ginger is considered a “warming herb” – which increases circulation and can help raise your body temperature.
- Ginger can destroy viruses and can be used to heal burns.
Besides all the amazing benefits of such an interesting little root, we can also make a super easy homemade Ginger Tea.
This tea is incredible on it own – but mix with some fresh squeezed Orange, Lemon, or Lime juice for a quick hit of flavor. Citrus fruits are great for detoxing the body and are packed with vitamin C; they are also great for digestion and for fighting off colds and the flu.
Mix in some local raw honey for a hint of sweetness while also soothing coughs. Honey is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and also helps with digestion.
You can also add some minced peppermint leaves to the grated ginger mixture as mentioned below to soothe and calm headaches and digestive issues – a simple and wonderful way to alleviate some discomfort. Plus, it just tastes delicious!
Tummy Tamer Ginger Tea
1″ knob of organic fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
1. Place your grated ginger in a tea infuser (like this one).
2. Pour hot water over the top of the infuser, allow the grated ginger to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea infuser.
3. Drink up!