I can't think of a more all around healing and delicious food than ginger. A warm brewed tea is my favourite way to get my dose!
I recall the day that I was first introduced to the miracles of Ginger. The year was 2002. I was living in Sydney, Australia and my mom had come out to visit me. We took a trip up the East coast to Cairns where we decided to venture out to the Great Barrier Reef. I hate boats. I have never liked them and never will. I am afraid of open bodies of water where you can't see any land, and get motion sick very easily. Boats make me feel like I am trapped on an amusement park ride that I never wanted to get on in the first place and can't get off of.
My mom and I board this boat, ignoring the 'Caution, Rough Waters" signs. We are promptly given two ginger tablets, an arrowroot cookie and a cup of water. The seas were rough and everyone on the boat, all 600 tourists were sick as the stewards went up and down the aisles collecting used bags and passing out fresh ones. My mom and I managed to keep our breakfast down and we owed it all to the little ginger tablets.
I have been hooked ever since. Rarely will I get in a car or on a plane without taking ginger. It is an all natural anti-nauseant herb that is as effective for motion sickness as it is for morning sickness. I lived on ginger tablets for the three years that I suffered from digestive disease.
Ginger is an anti-nauseant herb that is as effective for motion sickness as it is for morning sickness.
Since the majority of the population suffers from digestive issues from time-to-time, if not chronically, before you reach for the antacids, Peptos, Gravols, Dramamines, Rolaids etc.- try ginger.
Aside from calming a nauseated tummy, whether due to motion, a flu virus, pregnancy, or bad food, ginger is also a stimulant and naturally neutralizes toxins in the digestive system.
Additional ginger benefits include:
- Support for digestion, absorption and assimilation of food.
- Help alleviate the pain from a sore throat.
- Reduce symptoms of a cold, congestion and sinus problems.
- Reduce suffering from headaches headaches by mixing the powdered form with warm water and placing on the head (will feel like its burning but will not actually burn).
- A ginger bath can help with aches and pains in the bod.
And above all- it is delicious. Here is my recipe for ginger tea. It is great for cold and flu season, is warming in the winter and will instantly soothe an upset stomach. It's also delicious chilled as an iced tea, or mix with some bubbley water to make your very own ginger-ale.
- ¼ cup sliced ginger root
- 6 cups water
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1-2 sprigs of mint (optional)
- 2 tbs honey(or to taste)
- Put ginger and water into pot and bring to a boil.
- Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once ginger is decocted add lemon juice and mint and let sit.
- Add honey to taste and voila - delicious