GINGER || ZINGIBER OFFICINALE

“Ginger is truly an herbal emissary in the broadest sense. Perhaps no other herb,  except garlic, crosses all barriers, cultural, historical, and geographic – food versus medicine, Western versus Oriental, scientific versus folk tradition. Ginger is a universal herb in all respects.” ~ Steven Foster

Once you’ve discovered the extensive and powerful healing attributes of ginger, you wonder how you ever survived without her.

AND the most ahhhhhhmazing element of having a relationship with her is that she is so easily acquired. She is not elusive like so many of the herbs being touted for their health promoting properties out there. She sits right on the grocery store shelf in a dried form. And hangs out in the produce section just as fresh as can be. Always waiting for you to arrive and carry her away with you. It’s delightful really!

I began my relationship with this herb 7 years ago. I was living with a roommate in Penn Argyl, PA and she was a huge ginger fan. The minute she felt even a hint of cold or flu coming on, she got out the ginger. She would slice it thin and toss it in a pot of simmering water on the stove. Covered, of course, to keep all of those precious volatile oils in the brew. And she would drink that brew just as strong as she could stand it.

Let me tell you what … it works! This herb has anti-viral properties and she flaunts them 😉

Bonus: It has a very calming effect on coughs and respiratory issues, which both often accompany viral conditions. AND when brewed and infused into a hot bath, it can bring down a fever. As well as, provide relief from achy muscles.

Don’t wait until you feel sickness knocking at your door to make friends with this herb though. Drink a cup or two of regular strength tea a day to boost your immune system before the cold and flu season starts. Doing this for just 2 or 3 weeks is remarkably effective.

You can also use this milder brew to relieve vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. It works for morning sickness in early pregnancy too. Note that it should be consumed in moderation by those with child.

Ginger has shown itself to be an effective remedy for motion sickness. And I may be way off on this one, but I think that is why it is so darn useful for morning sickness. Maybe? I think so!

It is fabulous for lowering both blood pressure and cholesterol. It is generally a heart friendly herb. Perhaps not as energetically connected to the heart as rose or hawthorn, but still very suitable for supporting this organ.

Another organ that ginger lends support to is the liver. If you are looking to boost your liver health, ginger is a great choice. She will work together with this organ to expel toxins. For this purpose, it is best to create your remedies using fresh ginger root as opposed to dried.

I often cook with ginger. As a matter of fact, one of the staple meals in my home is made with this herb. I wasn’t raised on meals seasoned with this herb. But I started looking for ways to incorporate it into our diet more often because my son struggles with circulation issues. And ginger stimulates the circulatory system.

A side benefit of it’s positive effect on blood circulation is improved skin conditions, particularly complexion. WIN! WIN! Who doesn’t want their dinner to leave them boasting clearer and brighter skin ❤

I’d love to hear what you know about this versatile herb. And if you found this post helpful, it would be great to hear that too! So, let’s meet in the comments and chat all about it 😉

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.

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