5 reasons to love Ginger
Ginger, Zingiber officinale, has been used by many different cultures around the world as an ancient medicine staple. It insires a soothing yet warming taste and is beautiful chopped or grated into your meals like a stirfry or curry or you could add it to brew in a warming tea, or a revitilising juice.
Utilising the benefits of ginger does not need to be hard, food as medicine is one of the best ways to integrate the healing properties into your everyday life!
Here's 5 reasons to LOVE Ginger...
1. Ginger will calm your digestive system. If you are suffering with bloating, flatulence or stomach cramping ginger will help ease these symptoms.
2. Ginger will assist with nausea. Including motion sickness, post surgery nausea, even from chemotherapy and it is safe enough to use throughout pregnancy for morning sickness or sipped in a tea. Traditionally Ginger tea was given to mothers during childbirth to sooth nausea and bring strength to the bond between mother and child.
3. Ginger is an antimicrobial, I love adding ginger to my special blend of teas when I feel those cold and flu symptoms coming on. It warms the body up and helps the body fight off the infection. I feel it really heightens the bodies vitality or energy levels at a time of feeling drained.
4. Ginger is a circulatory stimulant, good to include in the diet to prevent circulatory conditions or take some before flying to avoid deep vein thrombosis. This also makes it great to take a tea for period pain or cramps as well as migraines or headaches.
5. Ginger will help the body stabilise blood sugar levels, which is why it's good to add to meals to help the body regulate the energy levels required from the foods consumed.
Ginger Salad Dressing
- a large thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- the juice of 1 lemon
- the juice of 1 lime
- a handful of fresh mint
- 2 handfuls of fresh coriander
Pop in a blender until you reach the desired texture and splash over your favourite salad. Tip - gently roast some cashews and sunflower seeds and add them to the blend to give it more of a crunchy texture.
This is of course general information for your own knowledge and not intended as medical advice. It's best to check with your health care provider before making any drastic changes, especially if you are taking any prescriptions for anticoagulants or hypertensive pharmaceuticals as ginger can have an additive effect.
I hope this brings you some inspiration to add Ginger into your day, it's a beautiful plant with so much to offer you and your health.
Love Dania xx