Ginger: An ancient Indian proverb states that everything good is found in ginger. There’s quite a bit of truth in that. This is a versatile healing herb. As a child you were probably been given a glass of ginger ale when you felt sick to your stomach. I can say without reservation, not only did my mom give it to me, but I carried on the tradition, and gave it to my daughter when she had a sick tummy.
This is not only a good digestive aid that has antispasmodic and anti-nausea properties. Ginger root is also rich in antioxidants.
Uses of Ginger:
It is is the stomach remedy of choice by herbalists. It works on heartburn, abdominal cramps, flatulence, and a queasy stomach.
Studies suggest that it can be useful in keeping cholesterol levels under control.
Chinese herbalists have used it for generations to treat colds and flu.
Modern studies confirm that it helps kill the influenza virus and helps the immune system wage war on infection. If you feel a cold coming on, try sipping on the tea or (real) ginger ale throughout the day.
It contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which helps reduce pain associated with inflammation.
For pain management associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, see also Cat’s Claw.
It contains compounds similar to the digestive enzymes found in your digestive tract. It is particularly effective for motion sickness. In fact, studies have shown that it’s even more effective than the prescription drug Dramamine. To head off motion sickness, most herbalists recommend capsules. The standard dosage is 1500 milligrams, taken about 30 minutes before you travel.
It is also a time-tested remedy for morning sickness. A cup of tea or a glass of ginger ale (made from natural ginger and not artificial flavorings) first thing can make mornings much more comfortable.
A cup of hot tea can also relieve menstrual cramps.