Ginger is one of my all time favorite medicinal roots! When I travel I always keep an eye out for ginger, especially if I am trying new foreign foods that may not agree with my system. Ginger is often used in oriental dishes and I love mixing it with garlic in my homemade stir-fry. This versatile root isn’t just a great food or drink, it also does wonders for your immune system and gut.
Are you cooking for someone with a sensitive stomach? Find a recipe that calls for ginger to help give them the support they need to digest properly. For those of you that occasionally drink, try some ginger tea before bed to help avoid nausea and a severe hangover.
Are you pregnant? Try either some ginger tea, or if you can’t get it down then just the smell of ginger can start calming your system.
Powerful Gut Healing Power
Ginger withstands test after test which makes it one of the best natural remedies for nausea, motion sickness, sea sickness and morning sickness. Not only does it help inside of the stomach and intestines, but ginger will also improve blood circulation to the pelvis while working to reduce inflammation.
That is probably why ginger tea, as well as ginger and honey syrup, are a must-have for menstruating women. Ginger eases cramps and pms. Because ginger is so awesome at treating nausea and also has no side effects, many people undergoing the rigors of chemotherapy will choose it over prescription anti-nausea pills.
Other Awesome Healing Benefits
Did you know that ginger has an awesome natural enzyme that jumps straight to work reducing inflammation which can help your body repair joints and cartilage? No wonder people have been using it for many years to treat sore joints and arthritis!
Since ginger improves circulation, it is also great in helping us rebalance enough to fight off cold-like illnesses such as sore throats, flu, and respiratory congestion!
This little concoction is a fabulous herbal remedy for fevers, cramps, colds, and congestion. You can always use bottled lemon juice, but since it has already been heated in the bottling process, many of the amazing benefits have been completely cooked out. I tend to use bottled lemon juice occasionally for cooking when I’m in a hurry or do not have any lemons on hand, but for medicinal purposes. Always strive to use fresh lemons when possible!
- 4-6 tbsp of freshly grated gingerroot
- 1-2 lemons
- Honey to taste (food alchemy tip: fresh local organic honey is always the best, especially local honey which aids the prevention of allergies that can cause cold-like symptoms as well)
How to make said Ginger Lemonade
- First, combine the ginger with 1 quart of cold water in a saucepan. Cover the pan and bring contents just to a boil.
- Now remove from heat and allow for a steep time of 10-15 minutes. While you have your ginger steeping, squeeze the juice from your lemons.
- Finally, strain the ginger from the tea if you like, then stir in the lemon juice, adding in the honey to taste for the finishing touch.
Now you are ready to enjoy your healing lemonade, served warm or hot. I tell you, if you’re not feeling well, then this quick little homemade lemonade is one of the best things you can do to speed up your recovery naturally, without the use of over the counter or prescription medication.
Have you come across any other natural remedies in your travels? If so then feel free to let us know in the comments below!
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs. 78-80