Superfood: Ginger

Remember when you were a kid and had an upset stomach, and your mom brought you some gingerale? Well, your mom was wise to listen to this folklore. Not just for redheads, ginger has so many medicinal properties it’s hard to list them all. This powerful little rhizome has been well researched for its benefit to coughs, colds and sinus problems, in aiding fevers, reducing morning sickness and reducing nausea caused by chemotherapy. Ginger increases digestive fluids and saliva, thereby relieving indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Even “mythbusters” proved its effectiveness on television at relieving motion sickness, without the common side effects of prescription drugs. Ginger kills parasites and salmonella, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, aids circulation, reduces fever, and inhibits inflammation.

Knowing all of this, wouldn’t you agree that we all should have a little more ginger spice in our lives? Instead of drinking corn syrup laden gingerale though, make your own ginger tea using fresh ginger. Simmer peeled and chopped ginger on the stove or simply add boiling water to your teapot with fresh ginger. Add some honey and you have one tasty, delicious medicinal drink.

If only ginger water was as profitable as sugar filled vitamin water then maybe we would all be a little healthier. Hmmm….business idea anyone?

Here are a few ways to add more ginger spice to your life:

  • Finely grate fresh ginger and add to soups, stir fry’s, marinades, salads and salad dressings.
  • Add chunks of ginger to your stocks while simmering to add flavour and nutrients.
  • Make a large batch of ginger tea and keep in the refrigerator to drink throughout the week.
  • Dilute drinking water with a bit of ginger tea to mineralize and “medicinalize” your water.
  • Make ginger iced tea. Stir in desired amount of honey to hot ginger tea, cool, and pour over ice.
  • Make a paste with dried ginger powder and water and put on forehead to relieve headaches.
  • Finely chop ginger and place in a tea towel or cheesecloth. Tie the cloth to your bath spout letting hot water pour through it for a warming, ginger bath. This helps relieve pain, reduce fever and aid circulation.
  • Coarsely chop an inch worth of peeled ginger and cook in 3-4 cups of water on the stove, covered, for 15 minutes. Add a couple of cloves, a cinnamon stick and a pinch of fennel seeds and simmer some more. Turn off the heat, add 1 or 2 bags of green tea, cover and steep. Stir in honey and squeeze a bit of fresh lemon and you’ve got yourself a kick a*@ immune boosting tea.

Posted on Thursday February 24, 2011 by Kerri Cooper