Monday, 18 May 2015

Ginger - some uses and properties

Ginger is a tropical plant which has narrow green leaves and in the right conditions can grow up to 1 metre tall, but it's the rhizome that is in cooking and natural medicine. The rhizome is the knobbly looking thing in the photo below. It can be used fresh, dried, as a powder.

Ginger can be used as an effective natural remedy. It has anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help lessen the effects of sea-sickness and morning sickness. Studies have also shown that ginger may help lower cholesterol. 

Ginger may help with some of the following:
  • morning sickness
  • pain relief
  • colds & flu
  • upset stomaches
  • heartburn and indigestion
  • coughs and sore throats
  • toothache 
  • swelling
  • nausea

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea can be used to help with nausea and cold symptoms. Here is a simple recipe to try.

You will need:
  • 2.5cm (1 inch) piece of fresh ginger root
  • 2 cups of water
  • honey and/or lemon to sweeten (optional)
Peel and thinly slice then ginger root,. In a small saucepan bring the water to the boil. Add the sliced ginger, cover and simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes. Strain the tea then add lemon an/or honey to taste if using.

I use ginger when making Sore Muscle Rub and Ginger Shea Soap.

Please note that this article is an overview only. It is not intended as medical advice.

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