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Ginger is one of the oldest and most popular natural remedies. It is also very easy to find in most places and extremely versatile. It is the most widely used and available herbal remedy on the planet, with billions of people using it every day as both food and medicine.
Benefits of Ginger:
Soothe digestive disturbances
Alleviate nausea (great in early pregnancy)
Calm coughing and respiratory troubles
Stimulate the circulatory system
Relieve muscle aches and pain
Get rid of dandruff
Emerging evidence shows it helps lower cholesterol
Japanese research has found Ginger is effective in lowering blood pressure and cancer risk
Ways to use ginger
1) Tea: Commonly used in tea, it is a digestive remedy.
2) Compress: A compress, or fomentation, is helpful for painful joints, muscle sprains or stomach aches.
3) Herbal Jello: If you use regular jello, lemon or orange are fabulous flavours to blend with ginger!
4) Candy: Ginger candy is a yummy way to help alleviate the queasiness that sometimes accompanies pregnancy or traveling.
5) Ginger Ale Fizz: This is a fun drink, especially for kids. Make ginger tea with twice as much ginger. Stir in 2 teaspoons of sugar/honey (adjust to taste) then gently add up to 1/2 cup ginger ale. Drink right away to preserve the fizz factor.
6) Foot Bath: A ginger foot bath is invigorating! It helps warm up and stimulate the entire body by increasing circulation to the feet and legs.
7) Oil: Ginger root oil can be rubbed onto achy joints to help relieve some of the pains associated with arthritic conditions.
8) Salve: While you can use the ginger root oil directly as is, sometimes it’s more convenient and less messy to apply in salve form.
9) Capsules: Capsules of ginger are great to take right before a trip, if you are prone to motion sickness. They’re also helpful for when you’re feeling a bit icky, run down, or your stomach feels yucky.
10) Tincture: To make one, put a generous pinch or two of ground ginger in a small jar then cover with 80 proof or higher vodka or brandy. Cap and shake well then store in a cool, dark place like a cupboard. After six weeks or so, strain out the herbs and re-bottle the tincture in a sterilized jar. Label clearly with the date and ingredients. These will keep for at least a year, but likely much longer.
11) Medicinal Vinegar &/or Oxymel: Ginger Oxymel is helpful for chest congestion and queasy tummies.
12) Ginger Syrup: Make a syrup using equal parts of sugar and water and add ginger to it. After it cools, filter it and refrigerate up to 1 month. You can use this with your tea, as a fizz or on top of ice cream.
13) Liniment: A ginger liniment is warming and can increase blood circulation and help when you’re feeling stiff and achy – especially if the discomfort is a result of cold weather.
14) Honey Mixture: Just put a spoonful of honey into a tea cup or small bowl, put in a tiny pinch of ginger, stir together then eat! Can’t beat the simplicity of that!
Here is a list of things along with you can use ginger for a different flavour.
15) In chocolate: It can be mixed with chocolate to give that kick feeling.
16) On fish: Use it on top of grilled fish
17) Soup: You can add ginger juice to soups and also use ginger cream along with it.
18) Marination: Ginger is used most commonly in the process of marination of chicken and various other food items.
19) Glaze: Use 1 cup honey and 1 teaspoon ginger with some Indian spices and lime juice. This can also be used for salad dressing.
20) To Sauce: Add ginger to sauce for an unexpected pop.
21) To dessert: Add zing to classic crème brulée and a little bit of ginger.
22) Sweet potato puree: You can add either grated ginger or its juice to whipped sweet potato puree.
23) Add to breakfast: Add either powdered or juice to breakfast bread.
24) Flavoured salt: You can make ginger salt to use it with chips and French fries.
25) Italian sage butter: Fold grated ginger and finely chopped sage leaves into room-temperature butter. Then spoon it on top of a roasted sweet potato with dark cane syrup
26) With oysters: Create a magical mignonette sauce with chopped ginger, jalapeno, shallots, vinegar and pepper.
27) To stocks: You can liven up vegetable, fish and chicken stocks by adding a piece of peeled ginger.
28) Stir fry: Every stir fry is always better with at least a little bit of the root.
29) Elevate meatballs: Add it along with loads of lemongrass and lime to pork and shrimp meatballs.
30) Whip up mayo: Top your pork sandwiches with a ginger and hoisin sauce flavoured mayo for a touch of panache.
There are many more ways to incorporate ginger in your daily life from summer rolls to champagne cocktail. You can also use it to combat chemotherapy nausea, to energize your skin, protect against periodontal disease, kelp with arthritis inflammation and to relieve migraines. The list goes on and on.