01 Jan Spice Spotlight: Ginger
Ginger : “The Universal Medicine” By Caroline Grant
With Halloween and all of its sweet treats under our belts, Thanksgiving and Christmas indulgences behind us…we now face the annual winter fight of feeling under the weather.
Of course, adults tend to have built up a stronger blockade against sneaky winter pathogens…while our children remain the number one victim – leaving them sniffling, sneezing, and, most unfortunately, missing school, which in turn, can make parents even more stressed.
But, behold! There is hope! One ancient spice has survived the test of time to ward off winter colds:
Used throughout the ages in Asia, there is a clear distinction between fresh and dry ginger when it comes to their effects on the body. To find out which is more beneficial to alleviating your child’s symptoms, check out this short, informative article.
Ginger has a long-standing history of helping mitigate nausea, indigestion, cold/flu, motion sickness, asthma, migraine, fever, depression, respiratory infection, and more…
Below are some easy to use applications of both fresh and dried ginger, as offered by the Houston Ayurveda Wellness Center.
* For Cough and Cold – 1 tsp. of fresh ginger juice + 1 tsp. Honey. Take it 3 times a day.
* Loss of Appetite – Put 5 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger in a glass jar. Cover ginger with lemon juice; add a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp. of Cumin seeds. Put jar in the sun for 2 days. Take ½ tsp. before meals.
* Stomachache – Boil 1tsp. chopped ginger in 1 cup of water, add pinch of salt and drink.
* Nausea and Flatulence – Mix ½ tsp. ginger juice + 1 tsp. Lime juice + 1 tsp. mint juice and 1 tbsp. Honey. Take twice daily.
Substitute ¼ tsp. ginger power for one thin slice of fresh ginger.
* Diarrhea – 1tsp. dry ginger + ½ tsp. Ghee (Clarified butter) +1tsp. Jaggery. Heat the mixture and lick it several times a day.
* Headache due to common cold – Apply warm paste of dry ginger and calamus on forehead and nose.
* For digestion in infants – Boil a glass of milk and add pinch of ginger power.
* For joint pain, constipation and nervous debility – Drink warm water mixed with 1tsp. ginger power and ½ tsp. of Turmeric.
If we can keep our bodies and our children’s bodies warm while the temperatures cool, we can also maintain a healthy immune system and increase our overall energy levels. I, myself, am a testament to the healing properties of ginger tea, as my mother always made it for me in combination with honey and lemon juice during my treacherous sickly winter moments, getting me back on my feet and back to school in no time!
If you have enjoyed this post, please leave me your comments below! I’d love to hear how you have used Ginger to help your own family!
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Caroline’s interest and passion for helping others has revolutionized their lifestyles going back over 10 years ago when her grandfather was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given four months to live. Through drastic changes to his diet, he was able to overcome his heart disease and this life-altering event set Caroline and her entire family on a course to commit to a lifestyle of healthier eating!
Knowing first-hand what eating green, healthy, and clean can do to heal and protect the mind, body,and soul…Caroline hopes to spread the word and reach people across the nations by passing on her knowledge and devotion to healthy eating to the next generations.
Caroline is enrolled at the University of Georgia, majoring in Physics and Journalism.
Please give her a warm welcome!