Ginger is probably one of the world’s favourite medicines and cooking ingredients. Ginger root has been used in Ayurveda for centuries and its fresh pungent flavour makes it an essential spice for Indian and Asian cuisine.

There is an old saying in India that means ‘there’s no tincture without ginger’.

Most of ayurvedic formulations have ginger as an ingredient because its believed to enhance the healing properties of other herbs.

Historically ginger has been used as a digestive aid, stimulant for circulation, fever reducer, pain reliever and remedy for common cold.

Today herbalists use ginger in many forms – tea, essential oils, compresses, bath products etc..

Part used: Root. [In Ayurveda, distinction is made between fresh ginger root and dried ginger root. Its said that they have different action and effect inside the body when consumed. For example, in conditions like nausea and digestive disorders fresh ginger is suggested, while dry ginger is suggested for chronic respiratory illnesse, neurological cases etc..]

Benefits

Potent antiemetic. The antiemetic activity of ginger is believed to be due to the pungent compound shogaol. Its effective for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and for motion sickness. It decrease nausea associated with radiation and chemotherapy too.

Powerful antiinflammatory and antibacterial agent. Ginger root contains large amounts of a volatile oil, zingiberene, which gives the spice its anti inflammatory and antibacterial propeties.

Digestive.The pungent compound gingerol has been shown to stimulate gastric secretions and peristalsis.

An anticoagulant that inhibits platelet aggregation

A few Ginger cures

Cramps Pour 1cup freshly boiled water over 1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped ginger root. Cover. Steep 10 minutes, then strain. Drink one cup 3 or 4 times a day or after meals. Effective for both gastrointestinal and menstrual cramps.

Nausea Nibble a few pieces of candied ginger.

Recipe: Combine 1/2 cup apple juice and 1/4 cup maple syrup in a sauce pan and boil. Add 1/2 cup thinly sliced ginger and simmer until liquid has evaporated. Arrange the hot ginger pieces on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 200 degrees until pieces are dry [about 11/2 hours]

Painful joints Mix 3 drops essential oil of ginger root and 1 teaspoon of almond oil. Rub on inflamed or painful joints and cover with a dry cloth to hold in the heat.

Asthma A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed in a cup of fenugreek tea made with 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and honey to taste acts as an excellent expectorant in cases of asthma.

Bronchitis Take a mixture of half a teaspoon each of powdered ginger, pepper and cloves three times daily with honey or as an infusion or tea.

Impotence Half a teaspoon of ginger juice to be taken with one half boiled egg and honey daily night for a month. Relieves impotence and premature ejaculation. Found to improve sperm count in many cases.