Family: Zingiberaceae: other members include turmeric and cardamom.
- Taking a ginger bath at the onset of illness will stop it dead in it’s tracks.
- Poor circulation, cold hands and feet
- Moves blood, activates brain function and boosts immune system.
- Decongestant and expectorant.
- Cough, cold and flu.
- Sore throat and respiratory ailments.
- Viral and bacterial infections, including staph, strep and malaria.
- Arthritis/joint pain (anti-inflammatory).
- Heart Tonic (reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, prevents clots).
- Cleanses the bowels and kidneys.
- Digestive aid (diarrhea, gas, constipation).
- Nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness.
- Gastrointestinal infections and food poisoning including E. coli, Salmonella and dysentery.
- Lowers blood level triglycerides.
- Pancreas support
- Relieves aches and pains.
- Induces sweating which helps with fever and kills viruses and bacteria.
- PMS and menstrual cramps (warm cup of ginger tea and a ginger bath).
- Support for male and female reproductive systems.
- Removes excess toxins from the body.
- Ginger is high in potassium and contains manganese, silicon, vitamins A, C, B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron and zinc.
- The book Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner includes a list of other conditions ginger has been found effective in treating: cataracts, migraine, stroke, amenorrhea, angina, athlete's foot, bursitis, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, infertility, kidney stones, sciatica, and tendinitis.
Methods of Use
- Food - incorporate in your meals and snacks.
- Juiced - apply topically to skin infections or add to beverages for internal use.
- Herbal Infusion (tea) with fresh ginger. This can be made warm for cold weather or chilled for summer months. To make an infusion with ginger combine 6 Tbsp. of fresh chopped ginger to 1 quart of water and bring just to a boil then take off heat and cover for 10 minutes. For acute conditions sip on this throughout the day.
- For treating external aches, pains and inflammations, simmer 5 oz. of chopped or grated ginger in 2 quarts of water for 10 minutes. Apply to affected area with a cloth and re-apply to keep warm - reddening skin indicates increased circulation.
- Make an herbal oil combining the juice of fresh grated ginger with equal parts olive oil. Use for muscle pain, dandruff and earache. For an earache, put a few drops of the oil on a piece of cotton and insert into the ear.
- Herbal bath and foot soak
- Herbal honey and syrup
- Tincture and vinegar
- Herbal sprinkles and salt
- Herbal pills and capsules
- essential oil
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