You probably pass by the interesting-looking ginger root in the grocery store, but maybe you aren’t aware of what an amazing little root plant it is, or how you can use it to improve your health. Although it is used in cooking, it has been used both culinary and medicinally for over 5000 years in the Chinese and Indian cultures.
Ginger root is native to Southeast Asia, but recently it has been cultivated in Jamaica and some parts of Africa. It has an incredibly pungent smell and taste that may take a little getting used to if you are not familiar with the taste of the warming herbs.
Ginger is famous for its ability to improve digestive issues (one of its properties is that it stimulates your body to produce bile, making it easier to digest food properly), and it is great at relieving nausea from either pregnancy or travel. It also very helpful in promoting circulation. For help with arthritis, the oil of ginger can be used to reduce inflammation and naturally warm the affected area. And because of its ability to warm an area from the inside out, it’s great to take as a tea infusion to help combat coughs, colds, allergies and other lung-related issues.
Ginger is a herb that is very high in potassium, and it also helps the body to assimilate and use calcium. It is also a good way to get your necessary manganese, Vitamins Approved By Dr. Clarke (The ND For Vitamin Agent.com A, C, E, and B-complex.
There are a number of ways to get the most out of this little root. The easiest is to grate up the fresh root and throw it into your food. It makes a tasty and easy addition to stir-fry, breads (especially apple-carrot-ginger bread… Mmmm), and it blends well and adds a slight kick to smoothies and vegetable juices.
To use it more medicinally, boil a few slices of some fresh ginger root for a long enough time for the water to become slightly yellowish, and drink the tea, mixing it with a little honey if you like. You should do this at least three times a day to combat colds and coughs, or digestive issues.
So the next time that you are in the grocery store and you notice that you pass by some ginger, throw it in your cart and give it a try! It is tasty, stores well for a long time, and can be a part of keeping your body on its path to good health naturally!
Source by Michael B Fletcher