Antiemetic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, circulatory stimulant, expectorant.
Colds, flu, sinus infections, poor circulation, arthritis, colic, nausea, diarrhea, weak digestion, painful menses.
This tuberous plant is used both in cooking and herbal medicine, hailed for its use in treating digestive issues, including nausea and diarrhea.
In Sanskrit the name for ginger vishwabhesaj, which means universal medicine; which seems quite fitting for all its amazing healing abilities.
Ginger is principally a warm herb, with a clean, semi sweet, zesty heat that lends its healing qualities to treating colds, flue and sinus infections. Ginger stimulates the circulatory system, improving blood supply to the extremities.
There are many ways to use ginger; raw or cooked when preparing meals, as a tea, infused into oil, as a tincture, candied etc. No matter the way you ingest ginger, its wonderful healing properties start working almost immediately.
Its not totally understood how ginger works; but it is believed that the compounds in ginger bind to receptors in the digestive system to relieve symptoms such as nausea and aid in digestion even reducing the time in which food sits in the stomach. Similar compounds have been shown to destroy many of the virus’ that cause cold and flu.
Ginger is one of the best and well known “herbal” or ‘home’ remedies for digestive issues; it has been known to lessen feelings of nausea associated with motion sickness, and morning sickness in pregnancy.
Its antiseptic properties allow it to help in treating infections and imbalances within the digestive tract. Traditionally ginger is used medicinally to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and ulcerative colitis.
Ginger is safe for all ages, although it may cause heartburn in some; It is suggested that pregnant women should not take more than 1gram of dried ginger daily. As well, those whom are on any prescription blood thinners should use ginger sparingly, unless they’ve spoken to their Doctor/Nautropath.
Our family has very sensitive pallets and often raw or even cooked ginger can be overwhelming to us. We also tend to have digestive issues here and there, so I’m always looking for things to incorporate into your diet to ease digestive upset. My husband more so, has recently been having issues regarding stomach ulcers, he has been using various natural remedies including, mild candied ginger to help ease symptoms and heal his stomach and digestive tract. My son, actually to my surprise loves these natural little candies, and I’ve found they have a laxative type effect with him.
Something I regularly make for my son is Ginger-Cinnamon cookies. These are soft, sweet but mild spice, and easy to eat and digest. I’ve made them so much I don’t really have a recipe but below is how I generally make them, you can easily substitute any ingredients per dietary needs.
I previously wrote it up on my other blog https://awarriorinwildflowers.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/gingerbread/
3tbs Butter, 1/4c raw cane sugar, 1/4 black strap molasses. Cream these together, will become kind of stiff from the molasses. Add powdered cinnamon and ginger to desired taste. Add in 1/4c of egg white, or 1 whole egg or 2 yokes. Add 1/2tbs of baking powder and 1/4tsp of baking soda. Add in 1/2c of almond flour, 1/4c oat four (just blend oats until fine) and add in all purpose or whole wheat flour until it’s reached short bread consistency. Place on a mat and kneed for a few minutes, roll out and cut out shapes, I use a jar lid. Cook on 350* for 10-12 minutes.