Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ga Ga Over Ginger

Ginger is one of those spices that bring out the warmth of flavor especially in our fall recipes. But there is a lot more to ginger than a good taste!
Ginger is actually an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil.
Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.
Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis.
  • Ginger helps heal the gut, and protects it too.
  • 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.
Ginger can be taken in powder form in a capsule or be made into a tea.
Ginger Tea Recipe
  • 10 to 12 thin slices of fresh ginger root
  • 4 cups of water
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (optional)
Place ginger root and water in a pan, and boil 10 minutes. Strain. Add orange and lemon juices and honey. Consume as a warming tea. Several large cups consumed in a row or drunk in a hot bath can elevate the body temperature and promote perspiration. This sweating therapy may help break a fever or reduce congestion.

Web MD
Discovery  Health
Girl Meets Nourishment

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