Ginger is well known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. By increasing the production of digestive fluids and saliva, ginger root may help to relieve indigestion, stomach cramps, gas pains, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, and other disturbances of the digestive tract.
Many have found ginger to be helpful for motion sickness, vomiting, and the nausea of morning sickness.
Ginger is also one of our anti-inflammatory herbs, helpful with many types of pain, such as joint pain.
Another helpful attribute of ginger is that it increases the circulation of blood in the extremities (arms and legs), so if you have cold feet, try supplementing with ginger root!
Historic Use of the Ginger Plant
- For centuries, traditional healers of many cultures have found the root (or rather the rhizome) of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) to be useful in herbal therapy, and it has been used in cooking for just as long.
- The ancient Greeks, for example, ate ginger wrapped in bread to prevent the nausea that commonly followed a feast.
- Seasickness has been fended off by the use of ginger for a thousand years by Chinese sailors, and this preventative measure has been discovered by many other seagoing folk.
- An ancient Indian proverb says that everything good can be found in ginger!
Cooking with Ginger
The traditional (and modern) cookbooks from many countries and cultures include fresh ginger in their ingredients; Asian, Indian, African, & Middle Eastern, especially. The dried spice has been used mainly in European and North American countries. Think of gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and ginger ale. In addition, ginger is one of the spices that can help to preserve food.
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