This past Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself inspired to try GINGER again…thanks mommy! YUCK!
For centuries, Ayurvedic medicine has used ginger to stimulate blood flow and warm the body. With winter approaching, I embrace brewed ginger tea at FRESH but the love ends there.
My Autumn goal is to fall in deep long lasting love with ginger! As a Holistic Nutritionist I have read, studied and prescribed GINGER over and over again!
As I began reading about my nemesis herb, I discovered it’s a holistic migraine cure!! I have suffered for migraines for over a decade. My doctor prescribed imitrex which costs almost $20 a pill. I loathe traditional medicine but so far nothing else has worked. I am open to anything. I dread the next migraine but I will try 10mg fresh ginger or 500 mg powder before succumbing to imitrex.*. I am hopeful!
Good morning ginger! It’s day one and time for me to practice what I preach!! My baby step begins with Cocovie Naturals. Today I added one teaspoon of ginger coconut spread to my oatmeal! DELISH!! I found a post dog walking 6 am breakfast delight!
GINGER is a flowering plant in the Zingiberaceae family. The root stock is widely used in medicine and cooking throughout the world. It can be used fresh or dried. Capsules, juices and oils are other options.
Herbalists love GINGER for its actions!
- Stimulant wakes up or stimulates physiological functions in the body
- Carminative helps the digestive tract
- Rubefacient promotes circulation when applied externally
- Diaphoretic promotes perspiration
- Sialagogue stimulates saliva production
Ginger is a simple addition to daily life. It may help and prevent so many common conditions.
Ginger is a well known bitter known to aid in digestion. Ginger initiates the production of saliva. Since carbohydrates begin to digest in the mouth, ginger helps get the party started! Ginger then helps relax stomach muscles, aiding in peristalsis (another step in digestion) and reducing gas. Ginger helps decrease inflammation in the intestinal lining. Ginger also increases bile production, helping to eliminate toxins.
Ginger is useful in treating:
- Motion sickness
Ginger is a safe alternative for pregnant women suffering from nausea.
Ginger helps “relax” the digestion system making it helpful with constipation.
- Fever and sore throats
This cold season try gargling with ginger before reaching for commercial throat lozenges.
Before applying standard chest rubs try warm ginger oil. Feeling under the weather? Add a few thick slices to hot water. It works well in feverish conditions promoting sweating. Sweating is another way the body eliminates toxins.
- Muscle sprains and cramps
Hard workout? GInger oil works externally while capsules internally but both help promote circulation and decrease inflammation.
- Varicose veins
Ginger helps increase circulation therefore increasing blood flow minimizing veins. Don’t forget to include dandelion tea if swollen feet and ankles are an issue.
Cold hands and feet? GINGER increases circulation! Try 1-2 ginger capsules daily!
There are even those who say ginger may help lower cholesterol and prevent Cardiovascular disease. There are rumors that Osteoarthritis suffers may see improvement as well. There may not be enough conclusive evidence yet but ginger certainly won’t hurt!
Try getting into the ginger groove….it’s aromatic and warming!
Please go organic and crush your own as needed. Leaving the root in the freezer extends its lifespan.
When I say,” get your ginger groove on!”, I have two points to drive home! Ginger ale is NOT the same. It will not help kids with upset stomachs. It’s sugar! The second point
is, PLEASE avoid crystallized ginger.
It’s candy! Run from the 80 calories, 19 grams sugar and 20 grams of carbohydrates in just 4 small pieces!
Still not feeling the love? Give GINGER one more try!!! This holistic dessert creation comes directly from my favorite vegan chef!!
Ginger Lemon Treats
(vegan/ nut / soy and gluten free)
- Medjool dates
- Organic ginger
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Ground flax
Optional topping: dark chocolate
- Combine 1 cup chopped walnuts and 12 dates in food processor. Do not over combine.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- 3 tablespoons FRESH grated organic ginger
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1teaspoon vanilla
Pulse briefly to mix!
- Cool the mixture for a minimum of half an hour before proceeding!!
- Spoon the mixture into mini (24) cupcake pan and press down evenly or roll into 24 small balls!
Melt chocolate. Use as topping or roll each treat through!
*Mer’s mom uses 85%. It must be free of soy lecithin and dairy/gluten/nuts to maintain recipe status!
*The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: 3rd edition by Micheal T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, ND
Healthy tip: Always check if medications have contraindications. Need personalized holistic help?