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.
- Root and rhizome.
- Strong circulatory stimulant and vasodilator
- Expectorant and pulmonary antiseptic
- Visceral antispasmodic
- 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.
- 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.