Herb of the Month – Ginger

April 18, 2013

 

Zingiber Officinalis (ginger)

Ginger is one of those common, overlooked and under-estimated of herbs – mostly because it’s so well-known, well priced (it’s cheap!), and used frequently to bring zest and spicy heat to any meal it’s added to.

In fact, most people don’t even consider it to be a herb and often forget it has excellent medicinal properties.

Ginger is safe to use and provides huge benefits to the body. Here are some of the medicinal uses of ginger.

PARTS USED: 

  • Root and rhizome.

 

ACTIONS:           

  • Strong circulatory stimulant and vasodilator
  • Diaphoretic
  • Expectorant and pulmonary antiseptic
  • Visceral antispasmodic
  • Carminative

 

USES:   

  • For chilly, cold conditions (e.g. ‘flu), especially when the lungs and respiratory system are affected.
  • Improves circulation through the tissues and promotes cleansing.
  • Excellent digestive aid – helps to alleviate gas and colic.
  • Good for nausea in pregnancy
  • Helps relieve travel sickness
  • As a diaphoretic, ginger promotes heat and sweating (by dilating peripheral capillaries – those found under the skin). This makes it excellent in fever management; promoting a good sweat during illness will speed up healing.

 

DOSE:   

  • Capsules:  250-1000mg 1-3 times daily.
  • Tea (fresh):  1 teaspoonful of grated root, 1-3 times daily.
  • Tea (dried):  ¼ – ½ teaspoonful of powder, 1-3 times daily.
  • Tincture:  20-40 drops, 1-3 times daily.

* when making tea, add some fresh lemon juice and raw honey.
* add a kick to stir-fries, meat and fish dishes, soups, and even salad dressings by adding some sliced or grated ginger.

 

 

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