Last updated on November 9th, 2021 at 01:48 pm
Zingiber officinale| Ginger
Ginger is a well-known pungent root, that is known for its ability to calm upset stomachs and to alleviate nausea. It is interesting to note that the active compound of ginger (gingerol,) is a relative of capsaicin and piperine that is commonly found in hot peppers. Studies have shown that ginger’s volatile oils have similar anti-inflammatory properties as NSAIDs.
What is ginger good for?
Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that has been shown to reduce inflammation and lessen pain.
There are numerous studies that show ginger to be effective in alleviating morning sickness, motion sickness, and even nausea caused by chemotherapy or surgery.
Ginger is known to play a role in protecting and healing the gut, speeding up the transit time of food moving through the digestive tract, reducing bloating, gas, and cramps. It is also a fabulous herb to awaken the taste buds and stimulate the production of digestive juices.
How to get the most from ginger?
♦ Peel it carefully. The richest resin and oils are concentrated in and very close to the skin, so in order to preserve the components it is important to peel ginger carefully.
♦ Eat it fresh. It is always best to eat fresh ginger, as it is superior in flavor and also contains higher levels of its active compounds gingerol and zingibain.
♦ Find young roots. These younger roots are pale and pink and don’t need to be peeled. The taste is also milder.
How to use ginger?
Syrup for sore throats or congestion
Make simple syrup out of 2 teaspoons of grated ginger juice and 1 teaspoon of raw honey and apple cider vinegar, combined with 3 tablespoons of filter water. Use as needed.
Make a tea
Mix 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, juice of half a lemon, and 1 teaspoon of honey in acup. Cover in boiling water. Drink at the first signs of a cold, nausea, or indigestion.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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