Ginger is a spice with an aromatic, spicy and slightly sweet flavor that is chock full of health benefits.
Ginger is a root that looks similar to a tree branch with all of its nooks and crannies. It has a light yellow, golden peel with a yellow, white flesh. Ginger also may be seen with red or brown roots. Ginger has been used for centuries for its digestive relief, especially pertaining to morning sickness in pregnant women.
Health Benefits of Ginger:
Ginger is a great, natural remedy for gastrointestinal relief. It’s perfect for stimulating digestion and aiding digestion, but it has also been shown to help prevent and decrease motion sickness, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting and seasickness. It is a safe alternative to prescription medications for pregnant women who are experiencing nausea or morning sickness!
Ginger also relaxes and soothes the digestive tract, making it great for de-bloating our intestines of excess gas. It also supports the immune system by warming us up from the inside out (sweating has been found to be helpful with fighting colds and flus). Ginger also protects us from certain types of cancers due to anti-inflammatory compounds (gingerols), especially ovarian and colon cancers. These potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols have also been shown to help fight inflammation associated with diseases such as arthritis, muscular pain or swelling and joint pain.
How To Use:
Fresh ginger root is great for teas, baked goods, desserts, smoothies and juices. It’s particularly useful in traditional Asian and Indian cuisines and always a good idea when you have an upset stomach!
Use a spoon to peel the ginger root without wasting the precious ginger flesh!
McKel’s Anti-inflammatory Tea: 1/2 inch fresh ginger root + 1 cup boiling water + 1 tablespoon honey + 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder + 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + juice of 1 lemon. Allow steeping for at least 15 minutes and enjoy!