Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric.
The rhizome (underground) part of the stem is the part commonly used as a spile. It is after called ginger root or simply ginger. Ginger has a very long history of use in various form of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flue and common cold.
Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes.
The following are few uses of ginger:
- It is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties-can help fight osteoarthritis.
- Ginger is highly effective against Nausea, especially morning sickness.
- Ginger may drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factory.
- It helps treat chronic indigestion.
- It significantly reduces menstrual pain.
- Ginger lowers cholesterol levels.
- Its 6-gingerol properties helps prevent cancer.
- Helps improve brain function and fights against Alzheimer’s disease.
- Lastly its active ingredients helps fights infection.
Here is a recipe for Lemon Ginger Honey Tea
25 grams fresh ginger
1 cup of water
½ tea – spoon
½ tea spoon honey
½ “each” lemon
*Bring Water to bowl.
*Peel the ginger, 25 grams of ginger is a rough estimate. Adjust to your liking.
*Slice the ginger thinly and add to the boiling water.
*Pour the honey in a mug, place a strainer over the mug and juice the lemon through the strainer.
*Taste the simmering ginger water. If its not strong enough for you, add some more ginger and simmer a bit longer.
*Stir and taste. Add a little honey or lemon if you like, or add some water mellow it out, serve and drink.